Coaching Carousel: Jeff Van Gundy

Pros

Out of all the available big name coaches available, Jeff Van Gundy knows not only how to fit with the Lakers franchise, but also embrace the city of Los Angeles. Van Gundy had a very successful tenure in New York succeeding Pat Riley, leading a not so talented 8th seeded Knicks to 1999 NBA Finals.

Possessing a head coaching .575 coaching record and making it into the NBA playoffs in 9 of 11 seasons show that Van Gundy can be capable of adjusting to the teams strength, something Mike D’Antoni could not do during his Lakers tenure. He has a lot of respect throughout the NBA, notably SG Kobe Bryant, so he can attract pivotal players to help contribute to the Lakers playoff run.

Van Gundy knows how to handle the big market and his area and would help rejuvenate this franchise.

Hit the jump for why Jeff Van Gundy would not be a good hire for the Lakers.

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Kanta Ito currently attends UC Santa Cruz as a 4th year undergraduate Business Management Economics major. Kanta also contributes to Warriors World and seeks to attend Graduate School to study Sports Management.

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  • RonHawkster

    Forget all these available coaches, including Jeff Van Gundy. The Clippers just bestowed a huge favor onto the Lakers by dumping the Warriors. The geniuses in the Warriors front office in turned dumped their best ever coach, Mark Jackson. He took a talented, but severely undermanned Warriors to the play-offs after years of absence and in my opinion overachieved given the players he had been handed. So, the fans might not have ended up with the one the wanted, Phil Jackson, but they can have the next best Jackson. Hiring him can also lead to a couple of the Warriors up and coming superstars, Curry and Thompson, when they become free agents. Let’s see if the Lakers have the capacity to see opportunity when it knocks on the door. Or are they going to go hire another coaching disaster that the whole fan base dislikes from the beginnings, like Mike Brown and Mike D?

  • Max Rosales

    well,good luck,lets see what he can do with what he has or what they get for this team in Oct,no word yet on him or there decision,wait and see.