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Who’s The Lakers Next Coach? Phil, Sloan or Shaw?
Confusion in Lakerland, not a surprise with so many new pieces to the puzzle in Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Antawn Jamison. But to fire Mike Brown five games into a season without a definitive plan seems just a little hasty. Despite Nash being hurt and Howard is playing at a reported 60 to 70 percent.
Rumors have been circulating that the next head coach may be Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, or Brian Shaw.
All three could be decent fits, but only one man solves the Lakers short and long term coaching issue.
Phil Jackson Return
Obviously if the team can woo Jackson back into the fold, then it is full speed ahead. Jackson is the man who all players universally respect around the league and would blend these team together quick. The only negative being that Phil is a short term solution and he makes it tougher to keep Howard in a Laker uniform, when he has yet to sign a long term contract extension with the team. With a the coaching position unsettled, the chances of signing Howard seems less likely.
Regardless, even if the Lakers wanted Jackson to come back. Would he even be motivated to help this organization, after he was in the mind of many somewhat forced out? If the team signs him, it will be fun to see how this season plays out.
When I first heard Jerry Sloan’s name I was kind of surprised. Sloan, a tough minded coach, always has his team playing with a certain tenacity, but after not being able to handle Deron Williams well in Utah, he would likely struggle to manage Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, and Dwight Howard in the same locker room. Although, Sloan is seasoned, he does not give the organization a long term coaching solution. I do think he would be motivated to win a championship ring, which is important, but does he really fit the culture? Maybe, maybe not. Worth a look, but I don’t think he becomes the next head coach of the team.
How much does the Lakers’ fan base trust Kobe? Probably a lot, he initially endorsed Brian Shaw, which is a strong indication that Shaw may be the long term solution for the Lake Show. I don’t know if he is capable of blending and managing all the egos currently on the team, but having Kobe on board is never a bad start. I see no huge negatives in overpaying a little to bring Shaw back from the Indiana Pacers as he solves the Lakers’ short and long term coaching issue. The only negative is that he is largely unproven, but many insiders feel that he is highly underrated. I like to see him land the job.
Bernie Bickerstaff in the Short Term
It seems almost impossible for one of the top organizations in sports, not to have a plan in place for a head coach, but that is exactly what has happened. I wish Mike Brown the best going forward because I thought he was not given enough time to make things work in Lakerland; however, whoever becomes the next head coach, the one thing we know for sure is they will not be running the Princeton offense. Good luck to Bernie Bickerstaff in the short term.