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Who Will Coach The Lakers Now The Show Is Over For Scott?

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Who Will Coach The Lakers Now The Show Is Over For Scott?

Great Scott! Even if it was coming that still happened fast.

This week the Lakers slammed down the pink slip on the desk of their former purple and gold, 80’s Showtime dunk finisher. Ending Byron Scott’s two year tenure as Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers which this year culminated in the franchises worst losing season in history on L.A. legend Kobe Bryant’s retirement tour from the NBA.

Byron played his final years in Lakerland during Kobe’s first in 1996, mentoring him off the bench like the spark-plug he was behind the legacy making likes of Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel in the Forum backcourt. 20 years later as Kobe took his final sneaker steps out of STAPLES, Scott ended up taking a walk too.

It all comes around…it’s almost fitting.

Byron was and is a great coach however. From losing streaks to some troubles with the young, future stats like Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr (you only have to look at his Instagram history) it just wasn’t working. But Scott still did good here and will do so somewhere else too. He was fighting a losing battle in what ended up being a farewell road trip for Kobe. You just don’t walk away from losing records like this…or maybe you do. After all Earvin Johnson once coached the Lakers and even he couldn’t make Magic happen. Just ask Byron…he was there playing for him.

Yet as General Manager and former 80’s teammate Mitch Kupchack looks for a new coach to run the Lakers. Owner Jeanie Buss had no idea Coach Scott was given his walking papers…do we hear rumblings of a certain Zen Master that might Phil…excuse me “fill” the position?

Even though rumors have had it that Phil Jackson has had it in New York. Don’t expect the General Manager to come downstairs and across country just yet. Then again if the Knicks latest experiment doesn’t work out there could be another 80’s Lakers favorite with experience in the triangle in the form of Kurt Rambis.

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Still it looks like former Knick coach and Kobe Laker teammate, (also just fired), Derek Fisher is interested in the vacancy. And this was the purple and gold legend the fans of Lakerland wanted last time before Phil tempted him into the Knicks new Big Apple core. Fish despite the fire still has the makings of a great coach who could save L.A.

Still the team that over the post Phil era has gone through coaches like sideline reporters have gone through mikes (from Brown to D’Antoni) are interested in everyone from David Blatt to probably both Van Gundy’s. They’d even love to lure Kevin Ollie or Coach Cap out of college, but remember what happened with K?

Still they should really take a look at their own alumni as this year Golden State Warriors leader Steve Kerr may have just won Coach Of The Year leading his Dubs to a 73 game record that beat his one as a player with Jordan’s Bulls, but it was assistant and former Laker passing great Luke Walton who started this run in the interim of Kerr’s injury. Leaving many thinking that this guy has what it takes to lead Golden State or his own band of Warriors. Could the Grateful Dead’s biggest fans son fit the Bill?

Then again there’s one more Laker that’s just retired that may be looking for a new job…

Imagine that!

Only in Hollywood.

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Is It Time For The Lakers To Make A Move On Another Anthony?

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Nelly back in the day (2004) on the ‘Sweat’ part of his that and ‘Suit’ dual album release rapped, “I’m a Nugget type of fellow, I push the Carmelo” on the ‘Na-Nana-Na’ track that came after the ‘Heart Of Champion’ opening tip that sampled the Sportscenter iconic ESPN theme. Why are we mentioning this? Well, not only because it’s a hot line that made a hot song. But because it’s seemed this long ago since ‘Melo made waves in the L.

Even if his last stint last season with the Houston Rockets lasted so long it may as well have been a 10 day contract for the veterans minimum for the former Mile High City legend and New York Knick King.

But with all the talk on the problems in Houston between James Harden and Chris Paul, focussing on whether the Lakers will finally get their man in CP3. No nixing this time (too late) like they have Anthony Davis. Maybe it time the Lakers finally got an Anthony that they’ve been courting longer than this whole Davis debacle.

Yes…this again.

Conveniently just days after the Lakers landed Davis for seemingly half of Los Angeles (minus the Hollywood sign and cast of LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ (Klay Thompson people)) and all of their future (except the man, the myth, the Kyle Kuzma), the Overtime Twitter account added something extra with Anthony (not AD) hoisting up practice jumpers with the tag-line, “Carmelo just doesn’t miss” (word?!) in all caps. But in a timeline trend for tampering there’s no harm or foul here in a little seed planting in a subtweet of ‘Melo making some charity stripe shots peacocking.

It’s no charity attempt either if the Lake Show make an offer Carmelo can’t refuse either for the Godfather’s team this time unlike this trade deadline gone. The meme team of JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley, Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo has dealt with former All Stars as veteran contributers before for one year deals which we wouldn’t be mad at a re-up. So how about one for a certified legend that is one championship away from a Hall of Fame induction down the corridor of his career?

Then aside from the last dance of Dwyane Wade the banana boat will be complete.

Wine tasting with the King, ‘Melo is one of ‘Bron’s best friends forever. Hash-tag B.F.F’s. So it’s almost destined that the two rookie rivals that entered the league head-to-head will one day leave it as teammates. But it makes more sense that the Lakers finally make the move for Anthony after the other Anthony. The trade for Davis may have given the Lakers their best dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe and the next big man great in the legendary Lakers lineage after Mikan, Wilt, O’Neal and Pau Gasol. But it also decimated their team. And we aren’t just talking about the star power potential of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and whom this weekends number four and future draft picks will concern. But the actual team over superteam aspect of glue guys they’ve lost like the defensive Josh Hart, who holds court as the best role player the Lakers have had and held since the Shaq and Kobe days of Robert Horry, Rick Fox and Sparks Head Coach, Derek Fisher.

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So if the Lakers want to top the ‘Stranger Things’ team of vets this player power generation Independence Day next month, then they could produce on paper fireworks for the dry erase with big names like ‘Melo and CP3, for second unit scoring and point production off an even bigger bench. Sure the focus this free agency is on the K’s of Kawhi, Kevin and Kyrie…if they can even afford them with Anthony’s bonus. But they should also look to small ball build a team with the available assets of bigs like Al Horford and guys like former ‘Bron team buddy Kyle Korver from downtown if you want to talk about 2K’s.

Besides at this point apart from the new big-three of James, Davis and Kuzma and a couple of rookie contracts (Bonga and Wagner) the Lakers want to shop by the draft for mo, the Lakers barely have enough players under contract now to put out on the floor, let alone in reserve.

And with 40% of the association about to enter free agency and with previous young core Laker losses like Russell and Randle about to be unrestricted among them, it’s time for the Lakers to stop playing fantasy Basketball like LeBron hates and play smart Basketball like we all love like Kevin.

One Anthony deserves another. Time to make ‘Melo yellow.

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It’s Time For The Lake Show To Seek Redemption With Randle And Russell

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Raised eyebrows, the Lakers have finally got Anthony Davis.

This you know as clear as the fact that the young core is gone and done.

I mean are y’all finished or are y’all done?

Lonzo Ball. Brandon Ingram. Josh Hart and all those draft picks starting with the one the Lake Show were going to go fourth with this weekend. Joining the likes of Zubac, Bryant (Thomas), Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.

Everyone expect Kyle Kuzma…and my boy Moe Wagner.

And now with the new dynamic duo of Davis and James set there are at least two more players the Lakers should realistically pursue in free agency this Summer of smash.

And we aren’t talking about any of the special K’s for the King.

Kawhi, Kevin, Kemba or Kyrie. Finish your breakfast.

That might just be too much for the Lakers plate. Y’all remember what it was like when Chris Paul got nixed and became a Los Angeles Clipper instead. Well funny thing that might come full circle and redemption may happen as CP3 may finally get his chance to team up with another purple and gold legend of our generation on the Lakers. Even if it is too little, too father time late.

But the ultimate redemption that should be sought with the Lakers isn’t with a former Houston Rocket.

And we aren’t talking about Carmelo either. Or one Anthony finally coming around deserves another to join that McGee, Stephenson and Rondo meme team of former All-Star big name bench.

We’re talking about two former young, future  Lakers who could hopefully be that again.

Yeah in our wildest memes.

How the Lakers didn’t ask for Julius Randle back when they gave up the whole house and coast for A.D. is beyond me. Maybe because he’s about to be free (but they didn’t learn that with Ant Davis). Maybe because never in a million years. Either way perhaps it’s time for the Lakers to offer Julius the millions they should have this time last year.

We all make mistakes what matters is that we learn from them and make that change.

And if that wasn’t enough. The Lakers may not need another big but they for sure need a clutch closer. And although with word of him wanting to join Davis and still being in play for a LeBron reunion. If Kyrie Irving does end up signing in Brooklyn like rumors have it, then it is said that there will likely be no room in the Nets for D’Angelo Russell. No matter how many he netted last season. Swish, swish. He’s a three point shooter. Now the Lakers could go after D-Lo instead. Despite the fact that the Lakers (Magic) gave up on him when they ended up going after the Ball…but as of this morning we all know how that turned out.

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Russell doesn’t deserved to be let down by another team. Especially with the home be found and all be did for the city as a first time All Star in the B.K. But if all isn’t O.K. there then no one quite understands what it’s like to be scorned like the ones who spurned you. The Nets would be wrong to give up on D’Angelo like the Lakers were and will make clear with their pitch for the guy whose been hanging out in soccer stadiums like Barcelona’s Nou Camp recently, before both team and former player maybe face off in Shanghai and Shenzhen this October.

Will once Laker D’Angelo Russell be remade in purple and gold by China?

Crazier things look to still happen this off-season in Hollywood now we need something to replace the LaVar Ball reality show. I mean this is a team that even wants to bring Brook back downtown.

The only Lopez in L.A. can’t just be George. And we don’t mean his twin. Although like if they kept both Gasol’s it would be so much better.

Still with the draft blowing in, if the Lakers officially sign Anthony Davis after Independence Day on July 6th then they will be able to save more money. Especially if A.D. waives his trade bonus (which would be a good sign to tell if he’s sticking around next year when he becomes a free agent that could just walk away after all this and all the Lakers lost for nothing). Around 30 mill they get to spend with the cap space to bring in any Kemba, Kyrie or Kawhi they want…K?

But even so if they at least make an offer for Randle or Russell then it will be a pitch that at least says, we we’re wrong.

Sorry.

It’s the least they and the likes of Lonzo, Brandon Ingram and Hart (hey Josh I’ll give you a high-five if you stay) deserve.

And at the most it could lead to so much more.

No story in Basketball is quite as beautiful or real as redemption.

The Laker like Marley should make it sing.

They just got rid of their entire young core. It’s time to get it back, piece by piece.

Eyebrows down.

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