Los Angeles Lakers Coaching Search a No-Brainer: Larry Brown Is the Right Way

As 11-time champion Phil Jackson just departed into the sunset, he set the standards high, winning five NBA Championships with the Lakers—team management knows they have their work cut out.  While they will not be able to get a coach who is equal to Jackson, they do have the opportunity to sign one of the greatest coaches of all time, Larry Brown.

The Lakers should contact Brown and sign him to a two-year deal.  Brown recently expressed interest in returning to coaching at either the professional or collegiate level, but many teams are scared to take a chance on him because of his age and the “baggage” that he brings with him.  However, the Lakers only need him for two years, and his expertise and coaching skills at all levels undoubtedly make him the best candidate for the job.

Brown recently contacted UNLV to express interest in its head coaching vacancy (they eventually hired Dave Rice).  This indicated not only Brown’s interest to coach but his interest in coaching on the West Coast.  Brown coached two seasons at UCLA from 1979-1981, and his team was a National Finalist in 1979-1980.

The Lakers' current roster has about two years of gas left in the tank.  Lamar Odom is 31, Pau Gasol is 30 and Kobe Bryant is 32.  The team will have some changes, such as the possibility of making a trade to strengthen the bench.  There are the rumors of the Lakers swinging a deal to acquire Dwight Howard in a trade with the Orlando Magic.  As of right now, the Lakers have a young Andrew Bynum, 23, and a bunch of veterans who are not yet over-aged.

People will argue that the Lakers are “old” and they will back that claim up by bringing up the sweep this year in the second-round.  However, Michael Jordan won his sixth championship at age 35.

Also, this Lakers team won 18 out of 19 games after the All-Star break in a dominating fashion. ...

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