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Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:38 am
Posted by Royce Young

Though he wasn't a fit with the Rockets, most everyone agrees -- Rick Adelman is a very good coach. He "mutually parted way" with Houston yesterday and the word is, he's not done coaching. Currently there aren't any open coaching slots as of now -- excluding the Rockets one, which I'm thinking he's not a candidate for.

Except there is one that will be open for sure at season's end. The Los Angeles Lakers position.

Phil Jackson has made it very, very clear that he's retiring after this season. And while the leader in the clubhouse for the position is Brian Shaw (he's got Kobe's stamp of approval), there is some uncertainty as to who the Lakers might target. Are they looking for the next up and comer like Shaw, or could they try and track down a solid veteran coach... like Adelman?

Fran Blinebury of is thinking the same thing and writes:
Make no mistake about it: as No. 8 on the list of all-time wins (945), Adelman can still cut it in today’s NBA. Even though general consensus has Brian Shaw succeeding Phil Jackson, the Lakers would be foolish not to give Adelman a look. Nobody in the profession would make the offense as easy and satisfying to Bryant than Adelman.

If Adelman wants to continue coaching, he’ll be back in the league winning games somewhere next season.

It's an interesting thought. I'm not really thinking it's all that likely because it definitely feels like this job is Shaw's. But Adelman is a proven winner and might be a good fit for the next few years as the Lakers wrap up the Kobe Era. Adelman isn't a long-term 15-year guy, but for the next four or five seasons, it could work.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 10:28 pm

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

I'd have to agree with the previous commenters. I think that Mr. Young is engaging in some silly-season story-manufacturing. While I do not believe that the Los Angeles Lakers (or the Boston Celtics for that matter) have necessarily finalized any decisions about their next coaches, I also don't necessarily think Rick Adelman, as good a coach as he undoubtedly is, would be a good fit with the Lakers. Just as Jerry Sloan, another coach I respect tremendously, also might not be a good fit. And the reasons are fairly simple. 
  1. At this point, the Lakers are a veteran, aging team. They have perhaps two or maybe three more championship runs in them. This is not a team that is going to be together four or five years from now.
  2. These veterans - especially Kobe, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol - are accustomed to the triangle and it has worked very well for them. Unless you're talking about bringing in a guy whose system can boast the kind of championship numbers Phil Jackson has (and only Gregg Popovitch or MAYBE Pat Riley can even come close over the past twenty years), it's going to be very tough to sell these guys on a new system. If you're going to try to squeeze another couple of championship runs out of this group, it is foolish to try to completely change the system at this point.
  3. If you're going to try for as much continuity as possible, then Brian Shaw is definitely the best choice for the job. THe only competition would be if the Minnesota Timberwolves release Kurt Rambis, who like Shaw has a deep background in he triangle.
  4. Byron Scott is undoubtedly a very good coach also, but he does not use the triangle and with while he can boast of some success, it makes better sense to try to keep as much continuity as possible and as I stated above, the triangle is not a system most coaches can run. Rambis and Shaw both know it well, and so in my mind, they would have to be the front-runners for the job.
  5. Kobe Bryant is undoubtedly in the twilight of his career, but as long as he is a member of the Lakers, his input is important to the management. And he has made it very clear that his preference would be for Brian Shaw to be Jackson's successor. While his time in the NBA is nearing its end, as long as he is the main man in LA, it would make sense to keep him happy.
  6. There are not that many top coaches out there. And most of the top rank are happy in their current positions (eg. Riley or Popovitch). Most of the others are still building a reputation or are simply not of the kind of quality that would command the Lakers' respect.

Now there are undoubtedly other candidates and Jerry Buss may well have someone else in mind. Remember that the first time Jackson left, they brought in Rudy Tomjanovich, whose tenure was an unqualified disaster. So it is certainly possible that they may go with a high-profile guy like a Rick Adelman or a Jerry Sloan. Or a Byron Scott, fo that matter. But if their focus is to try to win another championship or maybe even two with this core, then it would make more sense for them to stick with the system that Jackson has been using and which the current players have grown accustomed to. 

In conclusion, this article simply feels like a 'let's-toss-out-a-proposition-and-see-wh

at-develops' type of fishing expedition. It is highly unlikely that the Lakers are going to tip their hand while the Playoffs are in full swing and it is equally unlikely that any of the at-liberty coaches out there (aside from the perennially-perambulatory Larry Brown) are likely to want to create distracting stories at this time either. So in other words, this seems like an attempt to drum up some page-views where there would otherwise not be any. In which endeavor, Mr. Royce has well succeeded, judging by the comments!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:01 pm

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

I think the coaching change have been determine even as the sports talking heads talk about it as if they have some special knowledge about the change and getting information direct from the decision maker. Also we chat about it in the various forums rendering out opinions about who would be the best, who would fit, if Kobe would approve or not and the system that would be implemented since there are only a few teams in the NBA using the triangle.

I really think the choice is between Brian Shaw and Byron Scott. Brian because he understand the triangle and have been sitting on the Laker team bench soaking in everything Phil has been preaching and the method in which he run the team awaiting his time in the spot light. Also he has the blessing of Kobe. 

Then there is Byron Scott a proven winner with the Nets and Hornets. He has played for the Lakers in the “Showtime” era. Even though the triangle has won the Lakers many championships I think Jerry Buss like the “Showtime” era that employed the fast break, dunks and all around style the Lakers had at that time. Byron would bring that back to the Lakers as a coach. Not only that Buss, the decision maker, like Byron. Immediately after Byron was fired by the Hornets, Buss had him sitting in his box seat along with him.

I am sure there will be others mentioned and some might even interview for the position, of head coach, however, they would have to be outstanding with an impeccable resume. Adelman could possible be interviewed for the head coaching position as well as Van Gundy of the Magic. I even think you would have to consider an interview with Brow the former coach of the Cavs.

I also think that Buss would be more interested in hiring a veteran coach as oppose to one that had no head coaching experience. The thing that would put Brian over the top is if Phil add his voice to Kobe and strongly recommend Brian.

As I have said on may threads on this subject. I would be please with either Brian Show or Byron Scott. I personally prefer Byron Scott.


Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 2:02 pm

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 1:12 pm

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

They can have him... he will be out of there in 2 years, just like when phil jackson came avail they fired del harris. they will fill it in for awhile until the right guy comes along. any ways this guys marriedJjeannie Buss wont beable to date him.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:40 am

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

Hm, I find it hard to blame adelman for not getting past the Jordan Bulls who no one did once they started earning rings or not getting past the Kobe Shaq Lakers who were similarly dominant - especially when that Kings team was cheated a bit.
When you think about it, in the NBA only a few coaches have won titles over the last 20 years as championships have been gobbled up by the Bulls Lakers and Spurs (11 alone on just Jackson teams)  in fact, I think those teams combined have won 15 titles in the last 20 years - it only leaves a handful of titles left to go around... 5. Heat, Rockets (2), Pistons, Celtics. So the fact is, if you're not Jackson, Pop, Doc, Brown or Riely you're probably not earning any championships.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:35 am

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

Those ae numbers,
Phil managed to take those players who could get numbers and turn them into rings.
Recall that the Kobe/Shaq experiment wasn't necessarily working until Phil got there. MJ didn't get rings until Jackson either.
Obviously these were great players, I just think that he might have been the difference maker between great players and getting these players to check their egos at the door and earn championship rings. Great coaching has been a difference maker when you look at D Wade who had Reilly Kobe with Phil, Bostons Big 3 with Doc Rivers, and Duncan with Pop (though Tim probably doesn't need coaching in the way others might)
Other players who are otherwise great scorers, say Carmello Anthony, Amare Staudomire, Durant, etc. might soely be remembered for that (scorers) but otherwise may have gone over the top with great coaching. Had a 'melo, just as a random example, had Jackson coaching him, he might have had rings and we would be saying, will just look how phenomenal he was already, he didn't need Jackson, look at his points per game, etc, but as it stands, I think a guy like that is not as big a star because he hasn't been coached properly. Too selfish, doesn't help his teammates around him etc. Precisely what Jackson fixed about Kobe and MJ's game.
Again, it's not to take away from these obviously great players (Jordan being the greatest I've ever seen - though I wouldn't want to short change Magic) I just think he's a difference maker between a great statistical player and a player who earns championshp rings.

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 12:54 am

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

This is ridiculous, Adelman will never go to the Lakers, after all of the times he got dumped on from them as a Coach for the Kings.

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Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:36 pm
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Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 7:36 pm

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

I don't think he's necessarily a good fit for the Lakers.

He was a great fit for the Rockets, though.  It seems like Morey is really just making change for the sake of it, like he does with the roster just about every offseason.

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