Bill Plaschke, or “That Annoying Guy on Around the Horn”, says something is in the air about the Lakers’ next coach. What’s in the air is his list of 10 possible hires in Los Angeles. Plaschke points out that “some are complete jokes, but then, at one time, so did the hiring of a guy named Del Harris.” I can’t tell if he’s serious or not about Coach Cal. Then again, I don’t care because I’m tired of hearing about him jumping to the NBA. But we’ll read it anyway…
6) John Calipari
Imagine Pete Carroll in a silk suit. No coach understands young NBA players better than Kentucky’s Calipari, who has produced nearly an entire team’s worth in the last four years in Memphis and Lexington. Yes, he stunk in New Jersey, but most coaches stink in New Jersey, and that was more than 10 years ago, and he still made the playoffs in one of his three seasons there.
Pete Carroll in a silk suit? I don’t like the sound of that.
How ’bout a couple more names familiar to Kentucky fans?
3) Pat Riley
The Heat win this year’s championship, Coach Eric Spoelstra’s job is safe, big boss Riles needs a new challenge … well? Anybody who saw Riley’s raw emotion at the Jerry West statue unveiling last winter knows that, in many ways, he’s never left.
4) Billy Donovan
I don’t think Coach K would leave Duke. I’m guessing Donovan would leave Florida, and when it comes to energetic college coaches with some NBA street cred, only Coach K has more.
I could see Donovan making the job to the NBA – I just don’t think he’d stay for longer than 48 hours. The Riley hire could be entertaining.
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