NBA Rumors: Mike D’Antoni, Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan or Brian Shaw to be Next Lakers Coach?

| by Alex Groberman

The Los Angeles Lakers’ decision to fire Mike Brown was a lot less shocking than it should have been. On its face, this move reeks of hastiness. Getting rid of a guy after only five games? Not giving him a chance to adjust to the addition of two future Hall of Famers? Ignoring the fact that, by all accounts, Kobe Bryant seemed okay with him (despite the death stare)? This has all of the traits of a meltdown move.

And yet, after the initial shock subsides, it kind of makes sense.

This team was not very good. Its offense may have been moderately effective, but it looked clunky and boring. The defense was absolutely horrible. Frustrations were beginning to boil over. Yes, getting rid of a coach after five games is a little odd, but was there any way to really avoid this? Would it have been better if it happened after 10 games? Fifteen?

In a way, you almost have to credit the Lakers for admitting that they had a problem that needed fixing, and then taking the immediate steps necessary to fix it.

There is a legitimate debate to be had regarding whether Brown should have ever been hired in the first place, but there will be plenty of time for that down the line. For now, let’s focus on what’s important: where does this team go from here? First and foremost, you know that Princeton offense? Well…

So, let's run down the possible options...

Mike D’Antoni:

Phil Jackson:

Jerry Sloan:

Brian Shaw:

Nate McMillan:

But really…

If we had to bet on it: Phil Jackson seems like the likeliest pick right now. Jerry Sloan is notoriously hard on his players. (Can you imagine Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard working with him?) This team’s personnel isn’t ideal for Mike D’Antoni. Brian Shaw hasn’t been able to get a head coaching job in years – there has to be a reason for that. Nate McMillan just seems like an odd fit. Any which way you want to slice it, Phil makes the most sense.

We’ll see, though. Stay tuned.

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