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Rumors regarding David Blatt and his next NBA head coaching job have been running rampant since he was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and it appears there is more interest than originally expected. While it seems like Blatt was not a great fit for a contender like the Cavaliers, the rebuilding L.A. Lakers are rumored to have interest in his services. And even though LeBron James and the Cavaliers' ownership did not believe in Blatt, many coaches around the league are speaking out on his behalf.

According to ESPN, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle believes the firing is an embarrassment.

"I'm embarrassed for our league that something like this can happen like this. It's just bizarre�. It just leaves you with a bit of an empty feeling, because Blatt's a great guy, and he did a great job there. Teams have the right to make changes, but David Blatt is going to be a highly sought-after coach this summer if and when there are openings, if he chooses to stay. After this, you just hope a guy like this is still open to coaching in the NBA."

While Carlisle believes that Blatt is a great coach, the problem appeared to be with his respect in the Cavaliers' locker room. At the moment, the Cavaliers are currently the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but management and ownership did not believe that Blatt was the right coach to lead the team to a championship. He knew his Xs and Os, but the veteran players just did not have respect for him as a head coach.

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I think the other coaches are just speaking out for their own protection, not cuz they care or think highly of Blatt. Just a guess, but seems very plausible. The trend of firing coaches early has become a common thing in the past 5-10 years, in all sports. I think they are just speaking out against that, not in the great support of Blatt as a quality coach, but maybe he is.


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I have no interest in Blatt or Luke Walton as our next coach.


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I have no interest in Blatt and he's not my personal choice but If I woke up tomorrow and B. Scott was axed and Blatt was announced as B. Scott's successor, It wouldn't shock me. Kobe's on his farewell tour and no player on the team currently has the clout to argue against it.


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Both Luke and Blatt are intriguing choices. On one hand Luke is largely inexperienced, but he always has been a great basketball mind and understands the game well. He, based on his time at GS and as a Laker, is a guy who favors a system type of team that can run a fluid offensive system through the entire team and not just one player. Yes, Kerr set the groundwork for him to succeed, but players themselves have said he has done a great job and they say so genuinely. No sign of blowing smoke up everyone's butts. He makes the right adjustments on the fly, uses every player to their strengths. I feel like he would be a great coach to grow with, much like Boston and Coach Stevens. As a player he had physical limitations but he always got by with his IQ, I feel he would make a great coach. On the other we have Blatt who went to the Cavaliers to grow with Kyrie, Wiggins, and Bennett. Then LeBron came and crashed the party. Blatt was set up to fail from the day LeBron announced that he was 'coming home'. I can give him a pass for his whole time at Cleveland because that franchise, for whatever their winning percentage or current standing is, is in bigger disarray than our team is. At the very least Mitch realizes our only players of value is Russ, Clarkson, and Randle, he realizes our current situation as a team at the bottom of the barrel. The Cavaliers really don't know what they're doing. Anyway, Blatt has a great resume as a coach and the argument will be made that he has only coached overseas thus far. But his system-oriented basketball is something that is one language. I believe he can be....


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I just think this is all a rumor and byron will be back coaching next year and beyond! We stuck with him and the Lakers loyalty to him.


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I believe as soon as Kobe is gone so is Byron and I say good riddance. I like the idea of Luke Walton, he's young and has the high basketball I.Q. Another rookie head coach I would suggest would be is Sam Cassell, he would be excellent coach to have with Russell and possibly Ingram/Simmons. Because Byron Scott has ruined any love I had for the Princeton offense I'll pass on Blatt.


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Luke... wrote:
I think the other coaches are just speaking out for their own protection, not cuz they care or think highly of Blatt. Just a guess, but seems very plausible. The trend of firing coaches early has become a common thing in the past 5-10 years, in all sports. I think they are just speaking out against that, not in the great support of Blatt as a quality coach, but maybe he is.

Speaking out on his behalf doesn't guarantee them job security. In the end they are judged on their own teams' results. I believe they think he is a good coach, and I think he is. The fit just wasn't right in Cleveland, and LeBron hasn't gotten along with any coach since he came into the NBA. If the Lakers hired Blatt, I wouldn't be opposed to it. I would take him over Byron in a second. My first choice is Walton, though.


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OnTheBlocks247+1 wrote:
I believe as soon as Kobe is gone so is Byron and I say good riddance. I like the idea of Luke Walton, he's young and has the high basketball I.Q. Another rookie head coach I would suggest would be is Sam Cassell, he would be excellent coach to have with Russell and possibly Ingram/Simmons. Because Byron Scott has ruined any love I had for the Princeton offense I'll pass on Blatt.

Scott doesn't run the Princeton. The Princeton is not an ISO orientated offense.

Blatt was doomed from the start. When LBJ declared that he was going back to the cavs, he and his agency wanted mark Jackson as head coach lol!

Woz posted a great article about it over on yahoo.


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Scott doesn't run the Princeton. The Princeton is not an ISO orientated offense.

Blatt was doomed from the start. When LBJ declared that he was going back to the cavs, he and his agency wanted mark Jackson as head coach lol!

Woz posted a great article about it over on yahoo.

I'm sure that wouldn't have lasted long either lol...


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He's got close set shifty eyes, therefore I don't trust him. LOL

Speaking of coaches, rather than running a new thread, the Instagram post with Scott calling out an antagonist is allegedly from someone who hacked the account. I figure Julius did it given how much extra time Scott has provided for him recently. Smile


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Best case scenario: Scott gets fired immediately after the season ends. Luke becomes the next head coach right before the draft.

Worst case scenario: Management feels like Scott didn't get a fair shot, fires him at the beginning of next season because, regardless, he'll never live up to the expectations this franchise has when it comes to winning even without the necessary talent to be winning.


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I'm sure that wouldn't have lasted long either lol...

Was reading on hoopshype today that a source from Miami said LBJ tried the same thing with spo. Lol!


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tmike23 wrote:
Best case scenario: Scott gets fired immediately after the season ends. Luke becomes the next head coach right before the draft.

Worst case scenario: Management feels like Scott didn't get a fair shot, fires him at the beginning of next season because, regardless, he'll never live up to the expectations this franchise has when it comes to winning even without the necessary talent to be winning.

Even with this roster, the Lakers should have more than 9 wins. Yes some expectations were high. Some around here said they would win 45 games lol! But in reality Scott fails to get the best from his players. It happened last season. It's happening now, and if he is around next season it will happen again.


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He's got close set shifty eyes, therefore I don't trust him. LOL

Speaking of coaches, rather than running a new thread, the Instagram post with Scott calling out an antagonism is allegedly from someone who hacked the account. I figure Julius did it given how much extra time Scott has provided for him recently. Smile

I really don't believe it was hacked. If it was hacked you are going to say more than lets fight. You would create a media shitstorm and say something about Kobe for example.

As for shifty eyes, he is from Israel, I will leave it at that lol!


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I really don't believe it was hacked. If it was hacked you are going to say more than lets fight. You would create a media shitstorm and say something about Kobe for example.

As for shifty eyes, he is from Israel, I will leave it at that lol!

LOL on the first comment and LOL on the second comment. I will leave it at that. Smile


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Tempy wrote:
Was reading on hoopshype today that a source from Miami said LBJ tried the same thing with spo. Lol!


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MAGICLAKEZ wrote:

Thanks for posting it. I couldn't be bothered to go searching for it lol.


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tmike23 wrote:
Best case scenario: Scott gets fired immediately after the season ends. Luke becomes the next head coach right before the draft.

Worst case scenario: Management feels like Scott didn't get a fair shot, fires him at the beginning of next season because, regardless, he'll never live up to the expectations this franchise has when it comes to winning even without the necessary talent to be winning.

How is getting Luke the best case scenario lol? I'd say Scott Brooks is probably the best option. Luke hasn't really accomplished anything.


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I don't think Scott brooks is the right option either. He is an iso dependent coach who essentially ran the Westbrook/Durant offense in OKC. There was no ball movement and things became so stagnant that it eventually necessitated a coaching change. I would rather advocate for svg or Luke. I wonder if Kevin Ollie changes his earlier stance.


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^^^^^^^^^^

I believe Ollie would to coach these youngins. He start with a clean slate and put his brand on them.


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userpete1037 wrote:
^^^^^^^^^^

I believe Ollie would to coach these youngins. He start with a clean slate and put his brand on them.

Plus add one more hopefully to the young core....Simmons. That should get his attention I would think.


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Plus add one more hopefully to the young core....Simmons. That should get his attention I would think.

I'm with you all the way brother......


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Lakers4Lyfe wrote:
How is getting Luke the best case scenario lol? I'd say Scott Brooks is probably the best option. Luke hasn't really accomplished anything.

And you can probably say the same thing about Scott...The expectations of Scott Brooks was that they should've won a chip by now and they didn't with two out of the top five best players in the world. What would he be capable of with this roster by just running a bunch of iso plays for our guys? Luke has seen what kind of offense is capable of being unstoppable in this league. Not saying that we have the pieces to emulate it but the style can be copied to some extent.


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And you can probably say the same thing about Scott...The expectations of Scott Brooks was that they should've won a chip by now and they didn't with two out of the top five best players in the world. What would he be capable of with this roster by just running a bunch of iso plays for our guys? Luke has seen what kind of offense is capable of being unstoppable in this league. Not saying that we have the pieces to emulate it but the style can be copied to some extent.

Scott Brooks didn't accomplish anything? All I'm going to say is LOL because that's not true at all and anyone with the slightest bit of common sense will tell you the same. What will Luke be capable of? He's been a coach for half a season and has had his hand held throughout the entire process. He's following someone else's entire guidelines. And copying styles get you no where in this league. You can't go and try to emulate what another team is doing. You work and create something that benefits the roster that you have. Nothing that GS does will work for us. We don't have the pieces. Do you think that Luke can come in here and create an entirely new offensive plan and defensive plan? I don't. He hasn't shown me anything to believe that he can.

I think sometimes people in here like to roll with the popular opinion without clearly thinking things over before hand. Saying you wouldn't want Scott Brooks because he "hasn't accomplished anything" but think Luke who we've literally seen nothing at all from will be better is crazy to me lol that GS team could honestly probably coach themselves if they had to at this point. Luke sat the bench but Kerr was still very involved.


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MAGICLAKEZ wrote:
I don't think Scott brooks is the right option either. He is an iso dependent coach who essentially ran the Westbrook/Durant offense in OKC. There was no ball movement and things became so stagnant that it eventually necessitated a coaching change. I would rather advocate for svg or Luke. I wonder if Kevin Ollie changes his earlier stance.

I'm with you, pass on Brooks, and for those that say Luke has a great team to run, true!! But he ran it better than Kerr did in the short time he coached. As for Brooks, what did he ever do that makes anybody think he'd be good for this roster. He drafted and coached three nba superstar, which make things quite easy. Do see any superstars or future superstars on our roster yet. By the way, Ollie would be really good with this young team, plus his a friend and coach that Durant and Westbrook respect.


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I'm with you, pass on Brooks, and for those that say Luke has a great team to run, true!! But he ran it better than Kerr did in the short time he coached. As for Brooks, what did he ever do that makes anybody think he'd be good for this roster. He drafted and coached three nba superstar, which make things quite easy. Do see any superstars or future superstars on our roster yet. By the way, Ollie would be really good with this young team, plus his a friend and coach that Durant and Westbrook respect.

The thing is that Luke wasn't running anything lol. It has already been said that Kerr was still very much involved, he just wasn't sitting the bench. GS isn't playing any different than they were last year scheme wise. They have improved because Curry and especially Draymond Green has gotten drastically better, which I don't think has anything to do with Luke. I just don't understand what people feel like Luke has done. I'm not ready to give a coaching job to a guy that has only coached half a season. If he comes here and is horrible people will be doing the same thing they've done with the past 3 coaches we have had.

Let's not act like Brooks was just handed a great team. He completely turned things around for the team and all of his young players not just Durant, Westbrook, & Harden thrived. So did Jeff Green, Ibaka, Eric Maynor, etc. I wouldn't have classified Westbrook & Harden as superstars when OKC reached the finals either. They were good but not at that level. That was 4 almost years ago, the seasons after that Durant & Westbrook took turns getting hurt. I can't see how you can say Scott was anything but successful with OKC. He developed young players and won a ton of games. You can say all he ran was ISO-ball but that's what suits that team. Does OKC play any different this year under Billy Donovan? Doesn't look too different to me.


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The thing is that Luke wasn't running anything lol. It has already been said that Kerr was still very much involved, he just wasn't sitting the bench. GS isn't playing any different than they were last year scheme wise. They have improved because Curry and especially Draymond Green has gotten drastically better, which I don't think has anything to do with Luke. I just don't understand what people feel like Luke has done. I'm not ready to give a coaching job to a guy that has only coached half a season. If he comes here and is horrible people will be doing the same thing they've done with the past 3 coaches we have had.

Let's not act like Brooks was just handed a great team. He completely turned things around for the team and all of his young players not just Durant, Westbrook, & Harden thrived. So did Jeff Green, Ibaka, Eric Maynor, etc. I wouldn't have classified Westbrook & Harden as superstars when OKC reached the finals either. They were good but not at that level. That was 4 almost years ago, the seasons after that Durant & Westbrook took turns getting hurt. I can't see how you can say Scott was anything but successful with OKC. He developed young players and won a ton of games. You can say all he ran was ISO-ball but that's what suits that team. Does OKC play any different this year under Billy Donovan? Doesn't look too different to me.

I don't think any coach coming here is going to turn things around right of the bat. We don't have the talent right now for that to happen. If they were to hire brooks than I'll support him. Just not my 1st Choice, just don't see him as a coach that's going to get you a championship, remember hearing he's not the best coach at X and O's.


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Lakers4Lyfe wrote:
The thing is that Luke wasn't running anything lol. It has already been said that Kerr was still very much involved, he just wasn't sitting the bench. GS isn't playing any different than they were last year scheme wise. They have improved because Curry and especially Draymond Green has gotten drastically better, which I don't think has anything to do with Luke. I just don't understand what people feel like Luke has done. I'm not ready to give a coaching job to a guy that has only coached half a season. If he comes here and is horrible people will be doing the same thing they've done with the past 3 coaches we have had.

Let's not act like Brooks was just handed a great team. He completely turned things around for the team and all of his young players not just Durant, Westbrook, & Harden thrived. So did Jeff Green, Ibaka, Eric Maynor, etc. I wouldn't have classified Westbrook & Harden as superstars when OKC reached the finals either. They were good but not at that level. That was 4 almost years ago, the seasons after that Durant & Westbrook took turns getting hurt. I can't see how you can say Scott was anything but successful with OKC. He developed young players and won a ton of games. You can say all he ran was ISO-ball but that's what suits that team. Does OKC play any different this year under Billy Donovan? Doesn't look too different to me.

Dude you're missing the point. The point is that Scott didn't run anything lol. He had an offense that featured Durant/Westbrook/Ibaka and was fired due to the creativity of his offense. They had all those pieces and still went with running ISO plays. That's not what good coaches do...Luke managed this warriors team to a 37-4 record. You can't tell me that just anyone would've coached that team to that record. I'm not saying that he's a better coach then Steve Kerr but think about it from this perspective: He's seen what the best in this league looks like and with the right pieces, he can at least come close to emulating. Your'e absolutely wrong about this. It's a copycat league lol. Why do you think more teams are jacking up three pointers at a higher rate? You're right, no one will ever be Steph Curry or Klay Thompson but what you can do is try to emulate that by using that style but also applying different ways to beat it. You see the kinds of teams that the Spurs built and the Cavs built. Those teams are loaded with talent but what? They got blown the hell out of the gym when they played the Dubs. Luke is a much better option to me than Brooks at this point and it's not because it's popular opinion. It's because he's the head assistant on a staff that is transcending the league and the faster we get to add him to our team, the more competitive we'll be. Brooks did a great job at developing those guys and I honestly wouldn't be too mad if we he hired him cause I liked him, personally, and I think he did a great job with those guys. If we're trying to get back to the top quicker, I think going with Luke is the better choice.


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Numerous beat writers have been told by scouts that Walton wasn't just a figurehead, that he implemented tweaks here and there on offense and defense to make them more efficient. It's not his fault he has great players to work with. Brooks is not that great of an option to me. So many people complain about the lack of ball movement on this team. Well that's all Brooks did in OKC was run isolation sets. He didn't design anything on offense emphasizing ball movement. So you could make the argument he was a product of great players as well. We're not expecting a championship next year, all we want to see is improvement. In fact, I'd say this is the best situation for a young coach to get a shot. Because we have promising young talent, without the pressure to win big time next year.


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I think especially if we get simmons, then walton is a no brainer. Russell and simmons are willing passers, as well as nance. Clarkson is at times. A good ball movement system i think is the way to go for every team unless you have of course durant or someone on that scoring level.


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lepcitylakers wrote:
I think especially if we get simmons, then walton is a no brainer. Russell and simmons are willing passers, as well as nance. Clarkson is at times. A good ball movement system i think is the way to go for every team unless you have of course durant or someone on that scoring level.

Just my personal opinion but if we land Simmons, I don't see he and D-Lo co-existing for the long haul. They both are playmakers and need the ball. I mean I watched Magic and Norm Nixon (Yes I'm from the old school) and they worked together for short time until Jerry West decided to free Magic and let him run the show thus by trading Nixon to the then San Diego Clippers. Again, that's just my personal opinion.


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Just my personal opinion but if we land Simmons, I don't see he and D-Lo co-existing for the long haul. They both are playmakers and need the ball. I mean I watched Magic and Norm Nixon (Yes I'm from the old school) and they worked together for short time until Jerry West decided to free Magic and let him run the show thus by trading Nixon to the then San Diego Clippers. Again, that's just my personal opinion.

Disagree, Russell and Simmons played very well together in AAU.


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Ok I'm done debating about Luke. If we hire him and the team still doesn't reach you guy's expectations I'll remember to bring this thread back up and all of your quotes LOL. The same people that said we'd make the playoffs before the season are the same ones rooting for the tank now. The same people that said Russell was a bust and we should've taken Mudiay hasn't said a word about Mudiay since the first month of the season lol. I can go on and on with other examples. People in here are indecisive and change their opinions over night.


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kkennon1 wrote:
Disagree, Russell and Simmons played very well together in AAU.

I don't put much stock in AAU but won't argue against your stance. I just hope we get Simmons in the end. You could be right. Today's game is far different then back in the day.


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userpete1037 wrote:
Just my personal opinion but if we land Simmons, I don't see he and D-Lo co-existing for the long haul. They both are playmakers and need the ball. I mean I watched Magic and Norm Nixon (Yes I'm from the old school) and they worked together for short time until Jerry West decided to free Magic and let him run the show thus by trading Nixon to the then San Diego Clippers. Again, that's just my personal opinion.

I'd be more concerned about Randle & Simmons. They are very similar players and both are good ball handlers capable of playing point forward. We would then have two point guards basically in Russell & Clarkson and two guys capable of being point forwards in Randle & Simmons.

Everyone would have to be willing to sacrifice and improve other aspects of their games for it to ever work.


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kkennon1 wrote:
Disagree, Russell and Simmons played very well together in AAU.

Lol not only did Russell and Simmons play AAU together..they won 2 state championships together because they went to the same high school. I think they can coexist..


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userpete1037 wrote:
I don't put much stock in AAU but won't argue against your stance. I just hope we get Simmons in the end. You could be right. Today's game is far different then back in the day.

Not saying we should try to copy the Warriors, but they have almost nothing but versatile players that have played unselfishly together and have obviously done amazing together. Maybe Russell, Clarkson, Simmons & Randle could be something similar. If that happens, just add Whiteside please!


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userpete1037 wrote:
Just my personal opinion but if we land Simmons, I don't see he and D-Lo co-existing for the long haul. They both are playmakers and need the ball. I mean I watched Magic and Norm Nixon (Yes I'm from the old school) and they worked together for short time until Jerry West decided to free Magic and let him run the show thus by trading Nixon to the then San Diego Clippers. Again, that's just my personal opinion.

they won two state championships together at Mont Verde..


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ihatehypefans wrote:
they won two state championships together at Mont Verde..

I won't argue your stance as well as I stated to kkennon. Again, today's game is far different from back in the day. I just hope we land the kid and go from there.


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JJCali wrote:
I'd be more concerned about Randle & Simmons. They are very similar players and both are good ball handlers capable of playing point forward. We would then have two point guards basically and two point forwards. Everyone would have to be willing to sacrifice and improve other aspects of their games for it to work.

Point taken.......


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The thing is that Luke wasn't running anything lol. It has already been said that Kerr was still very much involved, he just wasn't sitting the bench. GS isn't playing any different than they were last year scheme wise. They have improved because Curry and especially Draymond Green has gotten drastically better, which I don't think has anything to do with Luke. I just don't understand what people feel like Luke has done. I'm not ready to give a coaching job to a guy that has only coached half a season. If he comes here and is horrible people will be doing the same thing they've done with the past 3 coaches we have had.

Let's not act like Brooks was just handed a great team. He completely turned things around for the team and all of his young players not just Durant, Westbrook, & Harden thrived. So did Jeff Green, Ibaka, Eric Maynor, etc. I wouldn't have classified Westbrook & Harden as superstars when OKC reached the finals either. They were good but not at that level. That was 4 almost years ago, the seasons after that Durant & Westbrook took turns getting hurt. I can't see how you can say Scott was anything but successful with OKC. He developed young players and won a ton of games. You can say all he ran was ISO-ball but that's what suits that team. Does OKC play any different this year under Billy Donovan? Doesn't look too different to me.

You left out that Luke was being mentored to coach by Phil Jackson when he was getting paid by the Lakers while always being injured. Then Luke became an assistant coach with the University of Memphis during the NBA lockout. He also became a player development coach with the defenders and has been an assistant coach with Goldenstate under Kerr, he also has picked Jerry West's mind as well. Let's not forget that his dad was a very smart player as well. Luke has been around some of the best basketball minds. SO, I will not discount what he has done in Goldenstate with in-game adjustments and rallying the troops. Kerr may be at the practices but he's not at the games and I feel Luke has done a really good job in Kerr's place.

Before Brooks was fired I felt they needed to move on. There was way too much isolation going on and the guys just didn't seem to be progressing. I don't think he's a garbage coach but I also would like to see less of an isolation system in place. LA definitely can't do what GS is doing with their system but I feel that playing with that type of looseness, and ball movement can bode well for these youngsters. I don't think Luke will single out the young guys while absolving the vets of any mistakes and that will go a long way imo.


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Not saying we should try to copy the Warriors, but they have almost nothing but versatile players that have played unselfishly together and have obviously done amazing together. Maybe Russell, Clarkson, Simmons & Randle could be something similar. If that happens, just add Whiteside please!

Whiteside will definitely be a hot commodity this off season......


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userpete1037 wrote:
Point taken.......

Difference is Simmons can make passes that Randle can't. Randle can be more of a guy who can handle in the open court imo but SImmons can handle in the half-court and full-court. If SImmons can play SF in the league then that's fantastic because now you're talking about a starting four who can all handle the ball and pass Russell, Clarkson, Simmons/Ingram, Randle. Having a center who could pass would be great too. Now you're talking about a team who can move and not dominate the ball. Just keep Clarkson from overdribbling then it could be a good team in the making.


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gemfow wrote:
You left out that Luke was being mentored to coach by Phil Jackson when he was getting paid by the Lakers while always being injured. Then Luke became an assistant coach with the University of Memphis during the NBA lockout. He also became a player development coach with the defenders and has been an assistant coach with Goldenstate under Kerr, he also has picked Jerry West's mind as well. Let's not forget that his dad was a very smart player as well. Luke has been around some of the best basketball minds. SO, I will not discount what he has done in Goldenstate with in-game adjustments and rallying the troops. Kerr may be at the practices but he's not at the games and I feel Luke has done a really good job in Kerr's place.

Before Brooks was fired I felt they needed to move on. There was way too much isolation going on and the guys just didn't seem to be progressing. I don't think he's a garbage coach but I also would like to see less of an isolation system in place. LA definitely can't do what GS is doing with their system but I feel that playing with that type of looseness, and ball movement can bode well for these youngsters. I don't think Luke will single out the young guys while absolving the vets of any mistakes and that will go a long way imo.

I didn't leave anything out. I knew about all of those things but that's not head coaching. He has been a head coach for half season. I can give you many examples of people with long resumes of experience with player development and assistant coaching and it doesn't mean anything. Everyone is not meant to be a head coach. I never not once said that Luke is or would be a bad coach in the future. The only thing that I've consistently said is let's not act like he's some future prodigy because that remains to be seen and must be proven. Scott took the Nets to the finals back to back years, what has he done for us? You have to look at the situation and not always the record. Picking the wrong coach again will do nothing but set this franchise back again. Is Luke the wrong guy? No I'm not saying that. He could be the right guy but it's not a risk I'm willing to take. Would rather go with someone else, just my opinion.


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userpete1037 wrote:
Whiteside will definitely be a hot commodity this off season......

That'd make me a very happy Lakers fan, just give me Simmons or Ingram AND Whiteside and I'll be happy!


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gemfow wrote:
Difference is Simmons can make passes that Randle can't. Randle can be more of a guy who can handle in the open court imo but SImmons can handle in the half-court and full-court. If SImmons can play SF in the league then that's fantastic because now you're talking about a starting four who can all handle the ball and pass Russell, Clarkson, Simmons/Ingram, Randle. Having a center who could pass would be great too. Now you're talking about a team who can move and not dominate the ball. Just keep Clarkson from overdribbling then it could be a good team in the making.

I agree. It COULD be a great team. They'd all have to play very unselfishly, and Simmons & Randle would need to keep working on their jump shots (especially Simmons playing SF), Russell get better at running the offense and Clarkson just get better overall.

I'm not saying that Simmons and Randle are identical players or that Simmons isn't a better ball handler or passer, but Randle can pass and distribute in the half court as well. If you remember at Kentucky he practically ran the offense in the half court as much as the PG did.


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JJCali wrote:
Not saying we should try to copy the Warriors, but they have almost nothing but versatile players that have played unselfishly together and have obviously done amazing together. Maybe Russell, Clarkson, Simmons & Randle could be something similar. If that happens, just add Whiteside please!

Think they'll add another veteran FA besides Whiteside. If they don't get Durant, they'll probably go after Derozan. Lineup would be Russell, Derozan, Simmons, Randle and Whiteside. Wow!!!


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kkennon1 wrote:
Think they'll add another veteran FA besides Whiteside. If they don't get Durant, they'll probably go after Derozan. Lineup would be Russell, Derozan, Simmons, Randle and Whiteside. Wow!!!

Too many players that need the ball, terrible defensively and who is going to shoot 3's?


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Like Durant, I Have also counted out DeRozan in our free agency choices. Toronto seems much better than last season (9 game winning streak) and Lowry and DeRozan are great friends. Yes, DeMar is from Compton but not a lot of players want to play at or near their hometown. Just give me a starting lineup of Russell/Clarkson/Simmons/Randle/Whiteside and I'll enjoy next season, whether we are good or suck.


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