Lakers Need a Coach That Doesn’t Mind Being Stepped Over, and They Are in Negotiations with Him

The Lakers are having a tough time finding their new head coach. It was no secret the position was going to become available either. The writing was on the wall as soon as LeBron signed his contact. The problem was that Luke Walton wanted too much power to be the coach of LeBron. By that, I mean Luke Walton wanted 10% control and that just so happens to be 10% too much.

How does one coach LeBron James? How do you tell one of the best basketball players who has ever lived what he can or cannot do on the court? You can’t. But due to NBA rules, you have to have a coach on the bench, so there is only one option for the Lakers… a coach that won’t coach. A coach that doesn’t mind being walked on or, dare I say, stepped over.

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And wouldn’t ya know it, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes has confirmed that the Lakers and Tyronn Lue are in negotiations to make him the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers with Frank Vogel as an assistant.

So, congratulations to everyone (expect for the idiots that thought John Calipari was interested), you were right. It’s a no-brainer decision really. The only other option was Jason Kidd, who would have done an equally nothing job, but Ty Lue has a proven track record of staying out of LeBron’s way. Now, all that is left is to get two more all-stars, some decent role players, an amazing shooter and JR Smith and we may just see another LeBron championship.

Odds on Who Will Be the Lakers’ Next Head Coach

The Lakers have finally fired head coach Luke Walton leaving LeBron coachless for his long playoff road ahead summer off. There has been all kinds of speculation of who was going to take over. Would Jason Kidd get a second second chance at coaching? Would LeBron and his puppet, Ty Lue, get a reunion? Would LeBron just take over himself as player-coach? Well, the last two are the same thing, but regardless, the vacancy needs to be filled.

Thankfully, just like who will end up on the iron throne and how long it will take Gronk to end up working for Barstool, you can bet on who will be the next head coach of the Lakers. Here are the favorites:

Now for the longshots.

Let me start with who will never ever in a million billion years will be the coach of the Lakers: John Calipari. How about we go ahead and squash those rumors before they even start?

Definite no’s:
Magic (awkward), Walton (lol), Coach K, Izzo, Stackhouse, Cheeks, Painter, Brown Scott, Phil Jackson, Shaw, Charles, Jackson, Van Gundy.

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Longshots, but possible:
Fizdale, Fisher, Thibs.

And the rest of the possibilites:

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Sean Miller
I think this is probably a 1% chance and that is only if the FBI probe into Arizona goes horribly wrong. Right now, it doesn’t look like anything is going to happen.

Chris Beard
Again, more of 1% chance, but Chris Beard is far too good of a coach to stay at Texas Tech for too much longer.

Juwon Howard
I don’t know too much about him, but the media seems to think very highly of him. Right now, he is an assistant with the Heat looking towards making the jump to head coaching.

Jason Kidd
I have no idea how this guy is the favorite right now. He did an aggressively mediocre job in his 5 seasons of coaching, just barely making it to .500 in 4 of 5 season. But, .500 would be an improvement for the Lakers and that’s what is important.

Tyronn Lue
Of course, this is LeBron’s first choice. The Lakers, having no real idea why LeBron came there in the first place, are surely going to do whatever they can to keep him happy. No one takes a step back and let’s his superstars coach quite like Ty Lue. As of now, this would be my favorite to take the job.

LeBron James
Cannot count this possibility out. It would be stupid to do, but look at the entire dumpster fire that is the LA organization right now. Who is to say that LeBron won’t just demand it and get his way? At +50000 odds, it is definitely worth putting $5 on.

Might I also suggest Rick Pitino?