November 12, 2012 |
The Mike D'Antoni era of the Lakers has begun, and who knows how it will end. Will it be similar to the Phil Jackson and Pat Riley eras? Or similar to the Del Harris and Rudy Tomjanovich eras? Other candidates included: Phil Jackson---As Steve Nash said, "It'd be a coup for the franchise. His history with this club, with Pau [Gasol ] and Kobe [Bryant ] in particular, is fantastic. For me personally it would be a terrific experience. " Nate McMillan---The Portland Trail Blazers were in the top 10 in scoring defense four years in a row under McMillan, so the Lakers would more than likely have improved greatly on the defensive end under McMillan.
November 9, 2012 |
The Lakers have fired Mike Brown as coach after the team's 1-4 start, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it. Brown was barely a month into his second season with the team, which struggled badly amid high expectations. [ Updated at 12:05 p.m.: "This was a difficult and painful decision to make," General Manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. "Mike was very hard-working and dedicated, but we felt it was in the best interest of the team to make a change at this time.
November 9, 2012 |
Hours after news spread that Mike Brown was fired as Lakers coach, Bovada released odds on who will take over at the helm. Mike D'Antoni and Jerry Sloan are favored 2-1, according to the popular betting site. They are followed by Phil Jackson and Brian Shaw, whose odds are tied at 5-1. Brown was fired Friday after the Lakers skidded to a 1-4 start and were winless in eight preseason games. Here's a complete list of the team's new odds, courtesy of the site: Who will be the next full-time head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?
June 15, 2012 |
Someone with a Lakers connection might get the job as Charlotte's head coach. With former Utah legend Jerry Sloan bowing out of the picture, Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder are the finalists. It would be either one's first time as an NBA head coach, and it probably wouldn't be easy. The Bobcats went 7-59 this season and set a record for lowest winning percentage (.106) in NBA history. "They are impressive candidates," Bobcats President Rod Higgins said in an interview, adding he might take at least two more weeks to reach a decision.
April 27, 2012 |
The back-to-back-to-backs are mercifully over, though the back-to-backs may not be. The NBA playoffs could include games on consecutive days in the conference semifinals for the first time since 1999, the last time teams had to endure the vagaries of a lockout-shortened season. That was the year the eighth-seeded New York Knicks made it all the way to the Finals before succumbing in a game of two on 12, with Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell unable to sprout clones to help combat the considerably deeper San Antonio Spurs.
May 11, 2011 |
I think two things about the Lakers' coaching search. First, I think they should hire Brian Shaw. He knows the system, he knows the culture, he has the rings, he commands the respect. Second, I think there's no way they will hire Brian Shaw. He's too predictable. He's too safe. When has Jerry Buss ever been either? The Lakers needed a fourth consecutive Finals appearance to make it impossible for the Buss family to ignore Shaw. That didn't happen. The team imploded, Shaw was a witness, the Buss family now has their excuse to do what the Buss family does.