Mike Dunleavy Would Be Wrong Choice for Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach

According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne, the Los Angeles Lakers have been after a splashy head coach candidate since Mike D'Antoni mercifully vacated his sideline post after his two-year reign of terror.

In pursuit of that splash, the Lakers decided Mike Dunleavy Sr. deserved to have his name in the pool.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that Dunleavy met with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchack on Wednesday, sending a jolt of excitement through Laker Land equivalent to that of a dentist appointment.

The Lakers want splash? ESPN.com's Arash Markazi suggests Dunleavy would bring as much as an Olympic diver:

"Dunleavy encapsulates the retread label," Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk wrote. "He’s 60, bringing a perception that he has little room to grow, and his previous level of coaching wasn’t that high."

The Lakers need a transitional coach.

Ideally, they find a candidate capable of maximizing Kobe Bryant's final seasons and preparing the franchise for a future without him. If they can't get both, it's better to find one equipped for the latter.

Dunleavy does neither.

He's not a fate-changer. Whatever a team was before his arrival is what it will be after he's gone—if not even a tad worse for the experience.

In 17 seasons, two of which came with the Lakers, he compiled a 613-716 career record (.461 winning percentage). He's a run-of-the-mill candidate at best, a peg or two below mediocrity.

He started his head coaching career by taking over Pat Riley's "Showtime" Lakers before the 1990-91 season. On the plus side, he guided that team to 58 wins and the Western Conference title.

On the other hand, L.A.'s won five fewer games than in the previous year. The conference title was the Lakers' fourth in five seaso...

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