LA Lakers Have Plenty of Head Coach Options Better Than Mike Brown

Tom Kinslow@@TomKinslowFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2011

LA Lakers Have Plenty of Head Coach Options Better Than Mike Brown

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    CLEVELAND - MAY 03:  Head coach Mike Brown of the Cleveland Cavaliers shouts instructions from the bench while playing the Boston Celtics in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 3, 2010 i
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    The LA Lakers have found their new head man and it is Mike Brown, according to reports.

    If it feels like a shock to you, don't worry, because it is to the rest of us as well. There were no mentions of Brown being on the team's radar, and it's a bit puzzling how we got to this point, especially with all of the names that were floating around.

    You may remember Brown as the man who coached the Cleveland Cavaliers during the LeBron James era and you will probably remember how bad he was at times. 

    With that in mind, we'll be breaking down five coaches who were a better choice for this job than Brown.

No. 5: Mike Dunleavy

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    Before you laugh, just hear me out for a second.

    Mike Dunleavy may have some pretty prominent failings, but he's someone who came to the Lakers in the past and found success, leading the franchise to the NBA Finals. Sure, he was miserable with the Clippers, but so is everyone that coaches that team.

    The familiarity there could be enough to help make a smooth transition from the Phil Jackson era into the future of the franchise. Dunleavy was an outside shot to land the job from the beginning, but at least he's familiar with the expectations of the town and the team.

No. 4: Chuck Person

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    To those fans unfamiliar with the Los Angeles Lakers, the name Chuck Person may not ring a bell.

    However, Person is another Phil Jackson assistant who got a shot along with Brian Shaw for the open job. He didn't get as many headlines as his counterpart, but getting a guy from the existing staff is such an enticing option, especially with a team that has a closing championship window.

    You want to keep things as similar as possible; switching things up is only going to slow this team down and make things harder once the season starts. If there is a lockout, having a guy who knows the players in place would prove invaluable.

No. 3: Jeff Van Gundy

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    You may be used to hearing his idiotic comments on ESPN broadcasts, but don't forget that Jeff Van Gundy has seen a lot of success as a head coach.

    Van Gundy had good runs with New York and Houston and has the kind of experience the Lakers were evidently looking for.

    He has been rumored in coaching circles for years and I would much rather have him coaching my veteran, championship contender than a guy like Mike Brown.

    However, I'm not sure Van Gundy was ever on the Lakers' radar when they talked about prospective coaches.

No. 2: Rick Adelman

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    Rick Adelman was the most serious veteran candidate to take over the Lakers head coaching job.

    Adelman has made multiple postseason runs and really knows what it takes to get the most out of veteran teams. He has had some infamous failings in Sacramento, but he's runs a system offense and would fit nicely in Los Angeles.

    I suppose it's on to the next one for Adelman after today's news.

No. 1: Brian Shaw

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29:  Assistant coach Brian Shaw of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts while taking on the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif
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    Finally, we get to the man who should have been given the head coaching job after Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw.

    Shaw is the top assistant on the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers and he has a great relationship with the players, especially Kobe Bryant, the one endorsement you need to be a made man with the historic franchise.

    It made perfect sense if you're trying to extend this team's championship window, but for some reason, the Lakers were more enamored with Mike Brown than a guy they knew and were very familiar with after all he's done in Los Angeles.

    I may never understand this move.


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