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Report: Lakers to reach out to Larry Brown, Scott Skiles about coaching vacancy. Yes, that Larry Brown.

Jun 2, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT

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Can you picture Kobe Bryant and Larry Brown getting along as Lakers’ star player and coach? Me neither.

But as part of the Lakers far-reaching coaching search they could speak to those two — in addition to the handful of veterans such as Byron Scott and Alvin Gentry they would already spoke to. That according to Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne report at ESPN:

The Lakers, sources add, have also internally discussed reaching out to Scott Skiles and former NBA championship-winning coach Larry Brown, who has spent the past two seasons in the collegiate game at SMU.

Brown was the coach of the Pistons in 2004, a team that upset the Lakers in the Finals in the last year of the Shaq/Kobe era. He was also the coach of the Allen Iverson led Sixers team that lost to the Lakers in the 2001 Finals. He is the only coach to win an NBA and NCAA title (1988 at Kansas with Danny Manning).

While those two are long shots — neither of those guys fit the Lakers culture — they fit with the Lakers pattern of talking to veteran coaches. So far they have spoken to Scott, Gentry, Kurt Rambis, Mike Dunleavy and Lionel Hollins. The Lakers likely will speak to Derek Fisher as well, but they are not focused on him like Phil Jackson and the Knicks.

The other key here is the Lakers are in no rush to make a decision, as Ramona Shelburne points out on twitter.

  1. fm31970 - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Scott Skiles!?!?? Who’s next, Quinn Buckner??

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      Why not Bernie Bickerstaff? He’s the only man to have coached the Lakers to a winning record besides Phil Jackson in the last ten years.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:42 AM

        That was a small sample size.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:40 AM

        Rudy Tomjanovich.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        how about the “Czar of the telestrator”? Mike Fratello! nah.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      Probably… I said it before… I figured out that old Mitch is getting a nice bonus for each candidate he brings in to interview…

      Psst… Don’t tell him that David Stern is available now…

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Who cares what Kobe thinks. He doesn’t like it, he can sit out another season. Since they’re not going anywhere until his salary comes off the books, sitting out would be the best way he can help the team.

    • ranfan12 - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      That would just make it worse and reduce TV ratings even more, especially with TWC, which means less money gained and even more money wasted. No one wants that. He’s better off playing his last couple seasons and generating good money for them like he’s done in the past

  3. SBoy - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    The coach that can give Kobe the best odds of winning is who makes sense as far as Kobe is concerned…That is why even after Phil talked smack about him in his book he welcomed him back, so I don’t think he would have a problem with Brown…Brown could probably return the Lakers around faster than D. Fish who would not have the benefit of the Zen mentor in LA… Bryon Scott looks good as far as combining experience, relationships with Kobe and part of the Laker family… P.S. Wouldn’t mind seeing D. Fish in NY… think it’s a better fit there.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      The coach that gives Kobe the best odds of winning…?

      Coaches with the most and best talent are the ones who have the best odds of winning… and Kobe’s $48.5 million dollar contract for these last two seasons is what will keep talent off of the team that will prevent them from winning another Chip…

      NOT the coach…

      • musician0785 - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        ^^Kobe troll

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        great deductive abilities you have there…

  4. stephenolszewski - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Because if Mike Brown can’t get Kobe’s respect Scott Skiles can…..

    • ultichiva - Jun 2, 2014 at 8:50 PM


      • skins26portis - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        You the only Laker fan who is honest with himself and knows the team is trash. Kudos my friend you know basketball.

      • skins26portis - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        The Lakers are no longer a destination that big free agents want to come and play for. As long as Kobe is on this team you will not be able to afford to sign a star player. Dwight Howard, who is is going and a star could not get along with Kobe and his ego. Kobe will never do what D-Wade did to allow LeBron James to come to his team and take a back seat. I hope Lakers fans enjoying watching the Lakers lose next season again. Clippers are the best show in LA so get use to it Laker fans cause you will be in the cellar of the division behind the Sac Kings. You better enjoy the rings you got in the past cause you will not sniff a title for decades . LMAO

  5. thevikesarebest - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    The lakers have become a terrible franchise,no hope for the

    • realfootballfan - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:47 AM

      Jim Buss just needs to step all the way back. Does he have any kids? Maybe that’s what it will take like Jedd York had to take the wheel from his parents who ran the 49ers into the ground.

    • ranfan12 - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:04 AM

      It’s only been one year since not having made the playoffs. Hardly grounds for terrible yet. Not a contending franchise, but still a decent one at least.

    • musician0785 - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      Says the Vikings fan lmaooooooo

  6. thundercocck - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Why does Mike Kupchak still have a job?

    • teabone13 - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      if you have to ask that, you dont know jacck.

      • muathjam21 - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        Kupchak is in a hard place. He has to get a coach that’s:

        1- Willing to work with Kobe Bryant
        2- Can handle the pressure of coaching the Lakers
        3- Realize that has has to win now – because these are Bryant’s last two years
        4- Has to work with a totally revamped roster AND have the pressure of winning now, which is an unprecedented situation

        As much as I love and respect Kobe as a player, he really is putting the Lakers in a terrible spot.

      • thundercocck - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        Guess who dug himself into that hole though. Then again going after Dwight and Nash seemed like a good idea at the time.

      • smoothaswilkes - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:10 AM


        What “terrible spot” has Kobe put the Lakers in? What exactly has Bean done?

        – They don’t have a coach so he can’t be blamed for killing him yet.
        – Of course, he’s going to say he wants to win another ring his last two years. Have you even been watching him all these years?
        – Financially? He didn’t negotiate his extension, the FO offered it to him. He’s not going to turn down $48 million, who would?
        – He hasn’t played a meaningful game in a really, really long time so it’s not like he’s shooting them out games or not playing any defense.

        As much as I’m not a fan of Kobe, I am a Lakers fan, so let’s hold off blaming Kobe for anything until he starts playing games. That’s his job. Until then this is all on the FO. It’s their job to get the ship right by finding the right coach, signing the right FA’s, and drafting the right player(s).

      • realfootballfan - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:52 AM


        How is Kobee putting them in a bad place? He’s still a good player. People are Talking like he was Olajuwon or Ewing at the end before the injury. Now, if he comes back and looks like that, you’ll have a point. However, last we saw him, he was still one of the handful of great guards and scores in this league. Mike Brown is offensively challenged, and D’Antoni is defensively challenged. They might want to start there, getting a competent coach before you go blaming Kobee, and this is coming from someone who’s hardly one of his biggest fans; however, I do realize the guy’s great and they’ve wasted the tail end of his career because Jim Buss is clueless.

  7. muathjam21 - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Honestly, if I’m a candidate, the Lakers’ job in its current standing is just brutal. You’d be stuck in limbo. On one hand you’d be pressed to win now because of Kobe’s last two years, and on the other hand you want to rebuild knowing that you have a very slim chance to winning a Championship with the current (and potential) roster in the next two years.

    It’s just a confusing job. Do you get guys who can help you win now (and if you don’t, does that jeopardize your job security) or do you start rebuilding and ignore Kobe’s requests to field a winning team now?

  8. grantgoodman93 - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Everyone saying can the coach get along with Kobe. It’s Kobe’s job to fall in line and get along with the coach and earn that $24mil hit he has on the Lakers books. Kobe’s been a clown as of late if you ask me.

    • sumkat - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      as Marlo Stanfield said, “you want it one way……but it’s the other way”

  9. campcouch - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    the Lakers gave Kobe a nice going away gift. Unfortunately they fleeced themselves. Where was he going to go after his previous contract was up? He wasn’t going to leave and ride the coattails of another player,his ego wouldn’t allow it. He took the cash instead of working out a deal that would help the franchise (you can get paid in retirement,ask Keith Van Horn). He said he has two years left to play So his input on a coach is meaningless. Making him happy for a brief time isn’t good for the long term prospects of the franchise. Hire who you think will help the rebounding of the team. The Lakers are bigger than the stars that play for them. Kareem,West,Wilt,Magic,Shaq,Baylor,all are remembered fondly but at some point they moved on to make way for a new era. Don’t let your love of Bryant bury the franchise.

  10. elcaminobilly - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    I don’t know why Larry Brown keeps getting NBA jobs. He always makes the worst possible decisions but still lucks into wins by being hired by teams with good players at the peak of their careers.

    • smoothaswilkes - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:18 AM

      Larry Brown coaches SMU – a college team. Being interviewed, which hasn’t even happened yet, is not the same thing as being hired.

      By the way, when you have 50 years of success, winning an NCAA championship and an NBA championship, it’s not luck. He’s 73 and he turned around the program at SMU. SMU. That’s not luck, that’s skill.

    • spursareold - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      LB and Wooden are the two greatest Xs and Os coaches of my lifetime.

  11. realfootballfan - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:45 AM

    Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and Kobee with a good draft pick that they have coming up in a couple of weeks along with some role players and Larry Brown coaching them. That would work. I hope it happens because the Spurs are old, and there are no other teams that can challenge the Heat right now. I want to see more competition.

    Also, people over-criticizing Kobee need to stop. He’s a ball hog and can be petulant, but guess who else was? Yea, that guy who wore 23 who he wanted to grow up and be like. The guy’s one of the all time greats. If he has good players around him and strong coaching, there’s not a problem. He only acted up when the opposite is true and with Shaq because they hated each other.

    • philliesblow - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:34 AM

      Kevin, Kyrie & Kobe. Oh goody, the KKK in LA on the heels of Donald Sterling.

    • spursareold - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Uh, to get Love OR Kyrie, it will cost them at LEAST this year’s pick.

      • realfootballfan - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Love is calling the shots in Minnesota, and the Cavs have the first pick, so if Irving wants out, they’ll play ball. I don’t think they would have to give it up. They’ve never given up anything significant in many of the trades that have netted them stars like Kobee, Shaq in his sign and trade, or even Dwight. If they want either and the players are wanting to go to the Lakers, it will happen. It’s up to current management to make it happen, or they could wait until next summer, too.

      • realfootballfan - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        I do need to add that if they hire Skiles, disregard all of this because it won’t matter who’s on the team, and the Lakers will continue circling the drain.

  12. opinevain - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Man the Lakers dont have to win now. They should build something substanial and sterdy

  13. sportsfan18 - Jun 3, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Kobe has run the franchise into the ground these last few years hasn’t he?

    I hope the Lakers fans aren’t holding their breath thinking they are going to contend this coming season either…

    Slogan for upcoming Lakers season…

    Train Wreck II

    Yes, Sequels CAN be better than the originals…

    My popcorn will be ready…

    • musician0785 - Jun 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Kobe troll

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:40 PM


        you must be proud of your deductive abilities…

        Of course I am and it’s obvious

        why don’t you tell us that 1 plus 1 equals 2?

        It’s just as obvious as what I’m doing…

      • musician0785 - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Trying to be funny or clever isn’t your strong suit. Stick to the Kobe bashing essays you post on here daily.

  14. loungefly74 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    I hope they get the best coach available…regardless of what Kobe says. Kobe is at the end of his career (and a great career he has had!) but the team needs to focus building for the future. Kobe will fill the seats and his offensive game is still better than 80% of the league but time to move forward to the next era of the Lakers. I should mention I may be the biggest Kobe fan here (well, up there with KB0824!!!)…but the team comes first.

  15. skins26portis - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    The Lakers are falling fast

  16. skins26portis - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Lakers fans get use to being out of the playoffs , cause you will not attract a superstar free agent as long as your boy Kobe is around. D12 was ran out of town by Kobe who loves to throw players under the bus when things go wrong. He does it to Pau also but he is just a soft marshmallow so he doesn’t care. D12 is a superstar and Kobe disrespected him and he bolted to the Rockets. I know you Laker fans said you didn’t want him back but that’s just your arrogant’s talking cause your so full of yourselves. We’ll you got your wish and Howard left so how is that working for you? You have fired 2 coaches in 3 season and you miss the playoffs looks like your the joke now. News Flash Faker fans you will suck next season also and will be in the the cellar in the division behind the Sac Kings. LMAO

  17. billtetley53 - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Sportsfan18, dont pay attention to pissy eyes(musician).
    He does nothing but cry and whine when people dont like his team or favorite player.

    He doesnt add much else to the thread ,except calling people trolls.

    • musician0785 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Such a loser….following me around on the site waiting for me to post so he can whip out his terrible nicknames…pissy eyes? really?

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