Lakers interested in Rick Adelman
Old 05-13-2011, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lakers interested in Rick Adelman

The Los Angeles Lakers' search for Phil Jackson's replacement is just beginning, but NBA coaching sources on Thursday described the Lakers as "very interested" in Rick Adelman as a candidate for the position.

Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw has the public endorsement of Kobe Bryant and is regarded as by far the strongest in-house candidate for the position.

Yet sources say Lakers officials are intrigued by the Adelman option, not only because of his history of success in Portland, Sacramento and Houston but also his reputation for thriving with veteran teams and the similarities between Adelman's "corner" offense and Jackson's "triangle" offense.

Beyond Shaw and Adelman, sources said, L.A.'s list of potential targets is only just taking shape. reported in March that the Lakers have maintained a level of interest in former Rockets and New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy dating to last season, when Jackson also strongly considered retirement before deciding to come back for one more season.

Former Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy will also be considered, the Los Angeles Times' Mark Heisler reported earlier this week via Twitter. Dunleavy coached the Lakers for two seasons in the early 1990s and has maintained a friendship with Lakers owner Jerry Buss and son Jim Buss, who serves as the club's executive vice president of player personnel.

L.A.'s decision-making chain of command when it comes to choosing Jackson's replacement is Jim Buss, Jerry Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak,'s J.A. Adande reported after the Lakers were swept Sunday by Dallas.

Sources: Los Angeles Lakers 'very interested' in Rick Adelman - ESPN Los Angeles
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Just heard this on the Jim Rome show.....why do I have feeling that ESPN just made it up right now.
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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As a fan of the Adelman led Kings teams, I'd be a little crestfallen if he joins the 'enemy', even though nearly a decade has passed, and it is a business. Seems like an ideal match, however.

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Old 05-13-2011, 02:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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There couldn't be a better choice from my perspective.

Adleman will lead them to 50+ wins and early post-season exits every year. I'm thrilled if this news is true!
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Adleman will most likely retire this year, and if not, then next year for sure. Lakers should look for a younger coach to grow with the franchise. I say give Brian Shaw his chance

EDIT: Or make D Fish a player/coach.
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