Who will coach the Lakers?
Byron Scott is no longer the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Scott’s departure leaves LA with one burning question unanswered: Who will coach the Lakers next season? That’s a question that is much easier to ask rather to answer. Mitch Kupchak has revealed the plans for their next coach, and the coaching search is expected to be short and on point. The Lakers won’t look for someone who is just great coach, they want someone that will attract players. The reality is that the Lakers lacked tal-ent in the past seasons to win, not a coach. The top 3 requirements for the next coach are:
– Someone who can recruit players
– Someone who can develop young players if no free agent signs with the Lakers
– Someone who will coach the Lakers out of their slump and back to confidence
That being said, here are five options.
A year ago, Luke Walton was nowhere near the radar of the Lakers. But then the former Lakers player went 24-0 with the Golden State Warriors as an assistant, and many people around the league thought he should get the credit and coach the Western All Star team. But rules prevented him, and Steve Kerr took over. Some would say that Kerr installed such a great system that Walton only followed through. But the same can be said for Kerr who inherited a talented team in Golden State. Walton has the Lak-ers ties any next coach will need, and he is likeable around the league. The only problem is, he is not some big name that will attract free agents.
The only reason the Lakers are looking at Ollie as a rather unconventional move (the Lakers rarely hire a college coach) is that Kevin is very close friend with Kevin Durant, a free agent that the Lakers will pursue this summer. The Thunder also tried to get Ollie as a coach last season with the same intention, but they failed. Truth be told, Ollie loves the college basketball just too much to consider moving to the big league. Can the Lakers entice him? Rumors are he wants a say in personnel decisions. Will Mitch Kupchak let him?
If the Lakers want a credible name on their sidelines, one that has faith and screams confidence, Mark Jackson is their guy. Few fans remember that Jackson promised the Warriors will be in the playoffs in his first season. He managed the feat in his second season as head coach, but it was important for the team to have a coach that strongly believes in the players and makes a bold statement first day on his job. Jackson gets bad credit for his arguments with the Warriors office, but he is definitely someone to look at.
Ettore Messina / Ime Udoka
Both are Spurs assistant coaches at the moment, and both fit the description “Pop’s coaching tree”. The question is whether the Lakers are ready to roll the dice? For every Steve Kerr and Mike Budenholzer out there, there are also several Mike Browns and Jacque Vaughns. Messina has ties with the Lakers, as he worked as a consultant years ago. But neither of the two is a coach that will attract high profile free agents. They will be able to set great schemes and style in play though.
Hollins is one of the most underrated coaches in the league. He made the Memphis Grizzlies a force to be reckoned with, but then he failed to do anything with the Brooklyn Nets. Truth be told, he had little to nothing to work with the Nets. Hollins has a reputation of someone who will hold players accountable, and that might be what the Lakers need the most at the moment. The problem, as with many other coaches is that Hollins is not a name that players relate much to. Will he be the one who will coach the Lakers back to success? Perhaps help them land valuable like Mike Conley? The next moth or two shall be crucial for the Lakers.
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