The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off their worst season in franchise history with a record of 27-55. Laker stars Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Pau Gasol are injured; and coach Mike D'Antoni has resigned. What positives can one take away from this?
Let me rephrase, what positives can a NEW COACH take away from this? Well for one, D'Antoni's replacement will get to shape the team how he sees fit. With a free agency headlined by Carmelo Anthony and a draft teeming with talent such as Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, there are plenty of options. But who will the new coach be?
In short, there are more options than you can fit on two hands; former Laker Derek Fisher, Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, and Laker Alumni Kurt Rambis. On top of that another six names have also been brought up with the team such as TNT Analyst Steve Kerr and ESPN Analyst Jeff Van Gundy.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said the team isn't in a rush to fill the vacant role and that they will wait to see what happens and what they can do. Kentucky coach John Calipari has already denied reports that he was interested in coaching the historic team, but fellow college coach Kevin Ollie of UConn (Connecticut) said he would be willing to coach the team and will wait to be approached.
Regardless of who gets the position, it will not be an easy job. While the Lakers will have a top 10 pick they will need to make full use of their rookies and sign some talent in the off season. My guess is that this team will get better with a healthy Kobe but with Nash at age 40 and Pau Gasol looking like he will be moved, it is still unknown as to how much better this team will be.
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