Now that most Los Angeles Lakers fans have gotten over the initial shock of the team's disgraceful exit in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, it's time to start to look forward to next season.
I'm devoting a good portion of this blog to focus on the how to fix the Lakers until the next season starts.
I think this is a good way to reflect on what team needs to do to reclaim the NBA crown in the 2011-2012 season.
The first order is to get a great coach, since Phil Jackson has expressed that he's done coaching in the NBA.
If you ask me, the Lakers need a coach that can command the respect of the veteran ballclub NOW. The core of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom are in their 30's and perhaps have 3-4 years left in their respective contracts, and assuming no personnel changes happen, then the window for the Lakers is not as big as it used to be.
So who fits the bill? I'm working on the assumption that there would be no major changes in the Lakers team, so the natural choice would be Lakers assistant Brian Shaw.
Kobe Bryant and several Lakers have expressed their endorsement of Shaw and Shaw is a person who is familiar with the Triangle Offense, so there would be some level of continuity in the locker room.
The caveat here is that Shaw has never been a head coach in the league, so he might get a rude awakening when the Lakers start losing or dozing off in the regular season.
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