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Lakers coaching search starts with Shaw, Person, Adelman

May 12, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw AP

Lakers fans, you are going to need to be patient. Not your strength, I know, but you need to be. The Lakers management is going to take their time with this coaching search.

But that search will begin at home, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated.

Then it will move on to Rick Adelman, according to ESPN.

Lead assistant Brian Shaw — the guy keeping the triangle offense — was always going to get a shot, but Chuck Person off the staff may as well.

Kupchak acknowledged that there would be “a candidate or two” from the existing staff. One of those coaches is widely known to be assistant Brian Shaw. An report indicated that the other is assistant Chuck Person. According to an source, Person is also expected to receive consideration for the Golden State vacancy. The source said Person will be a candidate in Indiana as well, depending on the uncertain future of interim Pacers coach Frank Vogel. Shaw is reportedly a candidate in Golden State and Houston, too.

But the Laker are “very interested” in Rick Adelman, recently released by the Rockets.

He has had success with veteran teams — remember how good his Portland teams were. His Kings teams. His “corner” offense is not a dramatically different system than the triangle (and it likes a passing big man in the high post, not unlike Pau Gasol).

Mike Dunleavy is rumored to be getting a chance. One other thing to remember — before Phil Jackson, the Buss family was known for not spending big on coaches. Pat Riley was plucked out of the announcing booth. A candidate out of left field that fits that kind of mold is not out of the question.

Ultimately, the Buss family wants to return to a faster-paced, Showtime era kind of team. Right now, they do not have the roster to do that — they have Kobe Bryant, more suited to a half-court game, and a lot of size up front. They need a point guard, they need more athleticism off the bench, but they are a long, long way from being able to run a transition style team. That rebuilding may wait a while.

So Adelman as a several year stopgap has some logic to it. But eventually the Lakers will blow it up and try to run again.

  1. cosanostra71 - May 12, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    oh man, please not Rick Adelman. Brian Shaw or bust.

  2. steelyres211 - May 12, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Bring in THE RIFLEMAN!

  3. passerby23 - May 12, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    It’s Chuck PERSON, not Persons. Come on, Kurt. You really don’t know the guy’s name? You botched his name in the title and in the article itself.

  4. delfunk34 - May 12, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    I think Adelman would be the perfect hire. He’s been a great coach for years, he probably would have at least won one title if it weren’t for Phil Jackson’s Lakers and Bulls teams. Let’s not forget how well he had Artest playing. The Lakers need to get away from the triangle… I think the Lakeshow would be better off hiring someone from the outside.

  5. ocgunslinger - May 12, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    You won’t need to “Blow up the team” in a few years because most of the older guys will be gone anyway. It is a natural process but until then they will still have a very competitive team because of Kobe, Gasol, Bynum and Odom. Most teams would like to have that core right now for the next few years. These guys can still win.

  6. king3319 - May 12, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Gunslinger…I completely agree!!! The core is still capable of winning at least one more title…but they do NEED a point guard. Love fish but his time has passed. Need a PG that is quicker and can keep up on the defensive side. Fish was a great player and an even better person but it’s time for new blood at the point. I’d much rather see Shaw then Addelemen good coach but can’t get his teams over the “hump”.

  7. redbear18 - May 12, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Lakers fans need to be patient? THEY need to be patient? They have a successful team that can still make good playoff runs, and they’ve gone to the finals three of the past four years. What about other teams that have been patient and really close but have never won a title? Lakers fans are completely spoiled and ignorant. It will be good for them to go a WHOLE year without a finals run.

  8. fouldwimmerlaik - May 13, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Bring back Phil! Spend whatever it takes! He is my hero!

  9. hoopsmccann - May 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    I’m with Delfunk, Adelman might very well be the PERFECT fit.

    With Portland he came within one 4th quarter meltdown of winning the West Conf in game 7 against the Lakers. Then with the Kings 2 years later he came within one ridiculously lucky Robert Horry 3 with 1 second to go in game 6 and then lost in overtime in game 7 to again lose the conference to Phil and the Lakers. Both times with inferior talent! He would have won both NBA Finals those years against Indiana and New Jersey respectively whom the Lakers annhiliated (NJ in 4 straight). Then he goes to Houston and wins what – 22 games in a row with no Yao Ming. This guy is definitly one of the best coaches in the league in getting the very most out of his teams’ talent and HE IS HUNGRY! This would be the most talented team he’s ever coached and he is respected and liked by his players and HE IS HUNGRY! That hunger will revive the Lakers. Exactly what they need.

    • snoopy2014 - May 13, 2011 at 8:09 PM

      No. Mike Dunleavy was the coach of the Blazers when they lost to the Lakers in 2000.

      Still, I agree with the general point. Adelman is probably the best choice for the Lakers.

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