What Can Brown Do For You? Lakers Fire Mike Brown
Well, that was fast. It only took one death stare and 5 games into the regular season for the Los Angeles Lakers to fire their Head Coach Mike Brown. As you all know, the Lakers won the offseason with trades for perennial All-Stars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. They improved the depth on their bench with signings of Sixth Man Antawn Jamison and three-point specialist Jodie Meeks. Installed the new “Princeton” offense, veering away from the Triangle Offense that has brought the Lakers six championships. But winning the Offseason Championship doesn’t win you games, the Lakers and Mike Brown have gone 2-16 since the start of the Oklahoma City Thunder series in the Playoffs last year (including Preseason) and a change was made.
The Lakers have seen a team stacked with potential Hall-of-Famers fail before (2003-2004 Lakers when they brought on board Gary “The Glove” Payton and Karl “Mailman” Malone), so the Lakers Management (mainly the Buss’s) gave Brown the quick hook and are now in search of a coach that can lead this team to a Championship, not a promising start for the season that looked so bright just five games ago. There will be a long line of coaches interested in the coveted Lakers coaching position, but who should take over?
- Mike D’Antoni – The former Phoenix Sun and New York Knick Head Coach resigned from the Knicks last year and has been out of coaching since. D’Antoni would bring instant offense to a team that is built to run up and down the court. D’Antoni coached Lakers Point Guard Steve Nash during his MVP run and the offense would clearly run through him. D’Antoni mainly focuses on offense and his prior teams have lacked on the defensive side of the ball, not good when you need to stop the Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, and potentially the Heat in the Playoffs. Also, D’Antoni just underwent knee surgery that will keep him off his feet for the next six weeks, but that may not stop him from accepting the position if offered. Verdict: The Lakers would be one of the most fun teams to watch on offense, but would be maddening on defense and not a team that could compete with the more athletic teams defensively in the playoffs.
- Brian Shaw – The former reserve Guard with the Championship Lakers in their first three-peat under Phil Jackson and former Assistant Coach with Jackson, Shaw is a player favorite with the LA Diva Kobe Bryant and would re-install the Triangle Offense that Phil employed. Bryant was upset when Shaw wasn’t under consideration to take over for Phil Jackson after he retired, because the Buss family wanted to steer away from Jackson’s legacy and the Triangle Offense. We saw how that worked out. Verdict: Would be a great fit for the Lakers, but the Buss family doesn’t seem to want to go back in that direction.
- Jerry Sloan – The Hall-of-Fame Coach has been out of Basketball since resigning from the Utah Jazz in 2011. Sloan would bring a gritty toughness that former Jazz teams always exhibited, and would run a deadly pick & roll with Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, and Pau Gasol. Nash would be his John Stockton and Howard/Gasol would be his Karl Malone. An extremely dangerous team on offense and Sloan would make sure the Defense is up to par as well. Sloan has been out of coaching waiting for an opportunity like this and doesn’t want his storied career to end with a feud with Deron Williams and resigning from the Jazz. Verdict: I think he would be the ideal coaching candidate to utilize the talents the Lakers have on offense and to take this Defense to the next level, will it happen?
- Phil Jackson – You know he had to be brought up for consideration. You have to think the Lakers are faxing (do people still fax?) over a blank check for Phil to name his price to return to coaching Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. He still has a great relationship with the players and a relationship (hehe) with Jeannie Buss. The question is does Jackson still have the desire to coach, he’s already the greatest basketball coach of all-time, does he really want to come back? Verdict: I think if all other options are exhausted the Lakers would be willing to pay the man whatever he wants. The only problem is the Buss family (again) wants to take this team in a new direction away from Jackson’s philosophy.
No matter who the Lakers choose to replace Mike Brown, it will be a daunting task that not every coach is up for. The bright lights of Hollywood and Showtime, we know Phil Jackson could do it, but can any of the other coaches? D’Antoni faded away in the spotlight with the New York Knicks, Brian Shaw has never been a Head Coach on such a big stage, and Sloan has been tucked away in Utah for over 20 years. There are still 77 games to get this team right, but can they do it?
– Lance Cartelli
Posted on November 9, 2012, in Basketball, Championship, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Lakers, Los Angeles, NBA, Sports, Steve Nash and tagged Basketball, Brian Shaw, Jerry Sloan, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D'Antoni, NBA, Phil Jackson. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.