Latest coaching updates in Laker Land have added Roy Williams of North Carolina as a candidate for the head coaching gig. Personally I have been a UNC fan instead of Duke my whole life (everyone has a preference), and I believe out of all the NCAA coaches I have heard so far they have the best chance at getting Roy...if any. Thoughts and comments?
Didn't this used to be the LAKERS?
I sure hope you have a plan.
I would be shocked if Roy leaves UNC. I think they have a better shot at Ollie and Calipari (despite what he says).
Lakers seem to be falling into NY Knick mode lately.
I'll respectfully disagree and say that there is no way that Roy Williams leaves UNC for the Lakers. If you ever have heard him talk he's always saying it's about the kids and how he wouldn't take millions to replace the feeling he had of winning the national championship with his guys. He loves his alma mater and the school and there is absolutely no way he would leave Chapel Hill to listen top Kobe Bryant whine at the end of his career. Money isn't a facotr with Roy either. Calipari or Ollie have a much better chance of going to Tinsletown than Roy.
People forget Roy was the first choice of Kupchack in 2004, not Coach K. He turned them down 10 years ago also.
He also turned down UNC before they hired Doherty, only to accept the job a couple years later.
I would offer the job to Magic Johnson.
First, John Calipari is a guy on their list but he says he wants to stay at Kentucky. His team is loaded and that is a really top notch job, so he might be telling the truth this time. Coach Cal is a good fit for the Lakers, he is a big name guy who can handle the pressure. He is also one of the best recruiters in the history of basketball. Recruiting guys like LeBron is job number one out in LA. So, he would have been the best fit. But, if he ain't leaving he ain't leaving.
Then you have Kevin Ollie. His stock is really high right now. But I am not sure the Lakers job is the best fit for him. He is not as flashy as coach Cal, and is more of a hard-nosed defense guy. Plus, he is a LEGEND in UConn. If he doesn't take the OKC job to coach his friend Kevin Durant then I think he stays in college. I can also see him more as an Eastern Conference kind of guy. The Knicks are in UConn's backyard and that would be a better fit stylistically.
George Karl would be a good veteran "name" coach. But, that doesn't look like a long-term solution. More of a stop gap. Same with Rick Adelman.
Johnny Dawkins would be another guy on my list. He was a star in college, played in the NBA for years, was an assistant at Duke under Coach K, and recently had a really good year at Stanford. He could be a "long term solution" for the LA Lakers.
Those are all good choices, but I would go with Magic Johnson. First, he is the biggest "name guy" on this list. Possibly the most revered ex-NBA player alive. Mister Showtime. He also coached the Lakers before so he does have head coaching experience. He also knows that organization inside and out.
I can also see a guy like LeBron wanting to play for Magic. What if Magic brought back Showtime with LeBron as the leading character? That would be a very enticing storyline.
You also have to look at it from this perspective: What would be the LA Lakers' worst nightmare? I think their worst nightmare is having Magic Johnson and his group buy the star-studded, high octane LA Clippers featuring Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan. Then what if the Clippers win a title while the Lakers are still stuck in the lottery WITHOUT a main attraction like LeBron or even Carmelo?
So with Magic Johnson as the head coach he could go out and get some young, up and coming assistant coaches, then reenergize the team to give Kobe and Nash one more run. Then they can draft Andrew Wiggins or Dante Exum (if they are on board) or UCLA product Kyle "Slo Mo" Anderson to help pick up the pace. Then you make a play for LeBron, Kevin Love, and those guys.
He sucked in his brief stint as the lakers coach before and even worse then the reCord, he was very vocal about not being able to relate to "today's" players ( a term he used 20 years ago) imagine how he would relate to today's guys. Plus magic is very active with different business ventures right now. Even during his first coaching stint, which was all if one month, he missed a game and missed practices due to other obligations. Hard to be a head coach when you are not 100% committed.
This would be a terrible hire. If you're going to hire a guy who has never coached in the league at least go after a young hungry coach. Kupchak is a UNC alum but I don't think they would be stupid enough to do this.
Ollie is still my top choice, you can throw Mark Jackson on my list now too.
I think the players from the mid-Nineties were the worst ever in terms of entitlement.
I think the players today have a greater respect for the history of the game. I could be wrong though.
Magic started out OK as a coach, but lost his last ten games or something like that.
The Lakers almost have to keep Magic in the program. They can't let him take over the crosstown LA Clippers. If Showtime moves to the Clippers it might be there permanently.
He can put some solid assistant coaches around him.
So, Psycho T and Marvin Williams might have jobs next year?
I also moved James Michael McAdoo 35 spots up my draft board.
NBA = no job security..
No college coach in his right mind should leave a completely secure, successful, high-earning position at the NCAA level to take over a bad NBA team and get 3 years max to turn it around
I hope the Lakers and Magic get together once again. Big todo list for Magic. Can revive Nash at 40 into allstar form. Then sit down with Swaggy P and let him know we will again play a team game. Resign P Gasol and tell him to dominate again. Tell Kaman that his late season dominance must continue. Show K Marshall clips of his behind the back passes and develop more "show time" moments. Finally and most importantly show Kobe who will be on crutches by midseason the fine art of coaching. Throw in Carmelo, K Love or Lebron and i bet Magic will get the job done!
Roy Williams has a huge legacy with the Tar Heels having played for them, been their assistant for a decade and now head coach for 12 years so to move to the NBA at 63 years old would be a huge jump to make. Sure the Lakers could offer Coach Williams a huge salary but he must already be a wealthy man and earns a hefty salary from North Carolina and would he want or need the hassle of an 82 game NBA season and all the pressure the Lakers job would bring.
Personally I think that Coach Williams is likely to remain within the ranks of Coach K, Coach Boeheim, Coach Calhoun all HOF coaches but who never did or never have made the jump to the NBA.
Also personally I could not see Magic taking a Coaching job again even with the Lakers.
Kevin Ollie could be an interesting choice for the Lakers, he learnt under Coach Calhoun at UConn, played many years in the NBA so would be respected by the older players and could bring on the younger players.
Roy's arrogant act would get him a swift bichslapping in an nba locker room. Needs to stay in little chapel hill where he can be the prince of the city