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Apparently Dunleavy is serious candidate to be next Lakers coach

May 17, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

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This would be a big mistake — not because of his time with the Clippers but purely for stylistic reasons — but apparently the rumors are true.

Mike Dunleavy is a serious candidate to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Kevin Ding of the Orange Country Register.

Make no mistake, Dunleavy is very much in line for an interview and expected be a serious candidate for this job…

Dunleavy, 57, knows the ins and outs of this world: Beyond stepping in as Lakers coach and reaching the NBA Finals after Pat Riley left in 1990, Dunleavy has seen all that the Lakers went through recently from very close proximity. He is a smart guy who with the Lakers would be as driven to succeed as anyone could be, eager to shake the obvious stigma his struggles as head coach of the Clippers have left.

Dunleavy had a good relationship with the Buss family after he left the Lakers the first time — earlier this season he watched a game from Buss family box with the Lakers owner.

But the shift from Phil Jackson to Dunleavy would be radical.

Jackson is a system guy — the triangle offense gives the players freedom and is predicated on players reading the defense and reacting to it, taking what is given them. Dunleavy is a micro-manager with a playbook, he calls the plays he wants run from the sideline every time down and expects the players to execute his orders.

If Barron Davis chaffed against Dunleavy, how do you think Kobe Bryant is going to react?

But it looks like Dunleavy is at least getting a look. Jackson’s lead assistant Brian Shaw is still the front runner and Rick Adelman makes some sense (he runs a system and has had success with veteran teams). Just be sure to add Dunleavy to the mix.

  1. jimsjam33 - May 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    The Lakers have an opportunity to keep their fans happy and keep the dynasty leaders in-house. Byron Scott should be considered first and foremost as he is the traditional type who has been seasoned by others and is now ready to be the Lakers mentor. He is smart and experienced , both as a player and coach , and is well respected.
    The second choice should be Kurt Rambis who is well familiar with the Jackson theory of coaching . Mr. Buss keep it in house .

    • 1historian - May 17, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      I agree

      • SmackSaw - May 17, 2011 at 2:48 PM

        I second that.

    • snoopy2014 - May 17, 2011 at 4:32 PM

      Disagree. Scott is vastly overrated as a coach. His success has come with true floor generals making the critical decisions; Scott’s X’s and O’s are limited relative to other coaches. And he doesn’t bring with him any defined system, which makes it hard to know exactly what he brings to the table, other than he played for the Lakers and “Kobe likes him.”

  2. jimsjam33 - May 17, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    The Lakers have an opportunity to keep their fans happy and keep the dynasty leaders in-house. Byron Scott should be considered first and foremost as he is the traditional type who has been seasoned by others and is now ready to be the Lakers mentor. He is smart and experienced , both as a player and coach , and is well respected.
    The second choice should be Kurt Rambis who is well familiar with the Jackson theory of coaching .
    Mr. Buss keep it in house .

    • 1historian - May 17, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      I disagree

    • SmackSaw - May 17, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      You’re way off.

  3. Gordon - May 17, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Mike Dunleavy? What, is Randy Pfund not available?

  4. SmackSaw - May 17, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    This is all posturing. The Buss’s have somebody else in mind and the Dunleavy thing is a negotiating ploy.

  5. georgeanderson2 - May 17, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Keep Shaw for next season, Let Coach K go through his final season run at Duke( notice he brought in Capel as an Assistant for this season, maybe to hand the reigns over), Coach K goes to London with Team USA; wins gold and gets ready for the NBA seaon in LA with Kobe, Howard and Chris Paul… Not that I really want that, but you can’t say it would be bad business for the NBA to have that team in LA.

  6. 00maltliquor - May 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Miiiiiike Dunleavy??!!….NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. flash316 - May 17, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    This is awesome news! Laker fans rejoice!

  8. tknight101 - May 17, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    I’m not big on hiring Dunleavy. I wouldn’t mind Byron Scott, he is still under contract with the Cavs.

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