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.
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