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Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  29 responses

Report: Lakers ‘Very Interested’ in Rick Adelman


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

The last time the Los Angeles Lakers hired a former Houston Rockets head coach, things did not end well at all. Word to Rudy Tomjanovich.

Reportedly, however, they’re willing to at least seriously consider the possibility once again. Rick Adelman is apparently very high on LA’s wish list of possible replacements for Phil Jackson.

From ESPN:

The Los Angeles Lakers’ search for Phil Jackson’s replacement is just beginning, but NBA coaching sources on Thursday described the Lakers as “very interested” in Rick Adelman as a candidate for the position. Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw has the public endorsement of Kobe Bryant and is regarded as by far the strongest in-house candidate for the position.

Yet sources say Lakers officials are intrigued by the Adelman option, not only because of his history of success in Portland, Sacramento and Houston but also his reputation for thriving with veteran teams and the similarities between Adelman’s “corner” offense and Jackson’s “triangle” offense. Beyond Shaw and Adelman, sources said, L.A.’s list of potential targets is only just taking shape.

Mike Dunleavy, to the horror of all Laker Nation, is also one of the reported candidates for the highly-coveted gig.

It’s widely believed that team owner Jerry Buss wants a coach who will push the Lakers to play a faster, more exciting brand of basketball than Phil Jackson did. But with the current roster, that may not be a realistic option.

GM Mitch Kupchak indicated to the media this week that he has yet to talk to ownership about a possible coaching hire, so it’s unlikely that a decision will be made anytime soon.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    no! go with brian shaw!

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Maybe this is what they need, if they keep the same roster and Brian Shaw it will be the same story next year, they won’t even be in the same level as Miami.

  • j4zzm4n

    D’antoni !!!! No ? No ? As long as we play intense , entertaining and winning ball it is all good. Just get a coach that can at least get us back to the promised land

  • Landry_legend

    Sloan? Jerry Sloan?

  • J.C.

    The thing about Brian Shaw is, he’s not going to bring anything new. He’s come up under Phil Jackson and will only continue to run the same stuff they’ve been doing, only worse because he’s obviously not as good as Phil Jackson. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing, but it might also be time for a change.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    haven’t heard mike dunleavy’s name in a while.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    I want Shaw. Not sure about his leadership thou. He seems too laid back. Adelman??? Idk. Long as we get back to tha finals

  • W.Mack

    Here’s the thing guys. Even if LA hires LONG TIME Phil cohorts like Jim Cleamons there will still be some drop off and a significant change in the team. Just the nature of it.

  • Thegfunk

    How many times did Phil send Adelman home crying?

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ Speedy

    Hey mister gfunk.
    It is not that bad to loose to Phil Jackson.
    And Rick Adelmann and his reputation and knowledge of the game is by far the better coach for a veteran team.
    Shaw would be the right one if they would break up the team and build something new.

  • Jer dawg

    If ownership wants a more exciting, running team at the risk of winning championships, then go ahead and trade for chris Paul and Dwight. While your at it trade your superstar Kobe and trade all your big guys, too. 40 wins team but 120 ppg average. Please! Just let a few athletes play along with the vets and Lakers will already be 50% exciting. If Ebanks Can at least give 20 mpg just on pure athleticism then they are already better. I remember Ariza just played athletic and he was not a guy with any flair. Run, D up and dunk, make a few 3s and it made all the difference. Odom can lob passes to him and he’s good. Keep the core and let a few athletes play with vets.

  • Drew

    If they hire Mike Dunleavy, I’m going to stop watching Lakers PERIOD.

  • Josh

    @Jer dawg. No, that’s crazy.
    You said keep the core, but you said trade Kobe and all the big guys.. What exactly is the core then?

  • Thegfunk

    Haha man. Funny thing is it was me cryin seeing my kings get sent home 3 years running

  • http://bigleaguewiffleball.com/ Jon L.

    The Lakers need to go with Brian Shaw. Kobe will be much happier and Shaw has been around the Lakers for a very long time.

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ Speedy

    I felt the same way gfunk.

  • http://countdownnba.blogspot.com/ Clay

    I think the Lakers should go out and get an assistant coach from another team. Oh, but Kobe wouldn’t like that? How much longer does he have anyway?

  • Hoop

    please hire Mike Dunleavy.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Adelman is the best available coach for any team in the NBA. Period. Anyone who thinks there’s a coach in the NBA that can better coach the LA Lakers is sadly mistaken. Greg Popovich and Jerry Sloan ain’t walking through that door. The only coach better suited for the job would be… Well, Phil Jackson.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I’m still pissed that the Rockets let him go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    My number one choice is Shaw, but Adleman ain’t bad at all

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    I’m sure a lot of coaches will be interested. I could see Larry Brown and Van Gundy making a few calls to get an interview. Shaw may be most likely, but I could see the Lakers approaching Cleveland about interviewing Byron Scott too. Actually thinking about Cleveland, I wonder if Mike Brown will ever land another coaching gig. With so much emphasis about the strong deffensive teams in the east (Heat, Bulls, Celtics), seems like Mike Brown should at least come up as a guy to interview – minimally be an assistant coach.

  • http://www.brownpride.com/latinrap/default.asp HAMMER

    Smart, smart move by the Warriors. No doubt Adelman will b highly coveted.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I wonder how Adelman would like coaching Kobe given their history in the Lakers-Kings duels in the early part of the decade. Do you really think time heals those wounds?

  • El_Black_Mamba

    If you have a chance of winning it ..you pretty much forget about the past!

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Maybe it’s just me, but Shaw comes off like Byron Scott. A grating type style that I think after a while, will start to wear on players. I saw him get in Lamar Odom’s ass either last season, or the season before.
    I think Adleman’s burned out…
    I hope that I’m wrong on both points.

  • http://wwww.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    who cares right now? theyre gone fishin

  • Dre Baller

    whoever the coach will be; LA needs to put together a new Big 3. Kobe, D12 & CP3

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    What the hell is the “corner” offense? Can someone explain that one to me?

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