Lakers Rumors: Jerry Sloan Would Be Perfect Fit in Pressure-Packed Los Angeles

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2012

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Mike Brown needs to win games, and he needs to win games now.

Some may see it as unfortunate that a head coach faces such incredible pressure less than five games into the season, but that's the nature of the beast. If you want to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, you must be ready to deliver.

Anything else carries harsh consequences, especially when certain Hall of Fame coaches are potentially seeking employment.

According to Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy, there is at least one person around the league who believes Jerry Sloan could find himself with the Lakers sooner rather than later:

“Jerry Sloan to L.A. by December 1,” one league source predicted. “Nash and Howard are the new Stockton and Malone. He wants a ring, not to mention the money. He didn’t seriously consider Orlando, Charlotte or Portland [openings] over the summer because he knew Los Angeles would open up."

This makes complete sense for both sides. As the source mentions, Sloan never won an NBA championship with the Utah Jazz despite winning two Western Conference titles and 1,000-plus games. Utah isn't anywhere near Los Angeles in terms of market size, but his experience would be a huge plus regardless.

On top of that, Sloan is used to coaching star-caliber players. Brown did coach LeBron James in Cleveland, but Sloan coached Karl Malone and John Stockton for well over a decade.

Not only are those guys two of the greatest to ever play their respective positions, but they're comparable to the Lakers' duo of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. Sloan understands how to allow a creative point guard to run an offense and how to get the most out of a dominant big man.

Pressure in Los Angeles won't change for Sloan. In ways it could actually increase, but it's still different. Brown is a nobody when you compare him to Sloan and the Lakers players. Failure from him will always be scoffed at because the respect isn't there.

Sloan is respected. Winning with the small-market Jazz wasn't likely, but he kept that team competitive from 1988-2010. He's a blue-collar coach, and he knows how to get the most out of his players. Most of all, though, he commands respect.

Brown isn't going to be gone tomorrow, but the rope is tightening with each disappointing loss. That's what you get when you coach the Lakers. Installing his Princeton offense put even more pressure on him, making losses look more like his fault.

Los Angeles has shown glimmers of hope, but it's not all there yet. Brown will be given some slack and patience, but Sloan makes sense if things go completely south.

Because Sloan has never won a title, the motivation is there. If the price is right, this is a match made in heaven.