I have heard people discussing if Luke Walton should be fired and Mark Jackson or Jason Kidd hired to coach the Los Angeles Lakers. Let me start by saying this, the only coach who doesn’t have a coaching job in the NBA now, that should be considered to take over Luke Walton’s job, is Stan Van Gundy. The reason why I believe Van Gundy should have a job as a coach is that in the twelve seasons he was a coach, he had a 523-384 record, and he is born in California. So what better than to coach a team you grew up watching and hearing about constantly?
The Los Angeles Lakers started last week off on a strong note, defeating the Mavericks in Dallas, 107-97. Then they defeated the Detroit Pistons in LA, 113-100, with Kyle Kuzma scoring 41 points in 29 minutes. They hit a roadblock in Utah, losing that game, 113-95. On Sunday night, they hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers; this game should have been a win, but the Lakers lost this game, 101-95. They finished the week off with a 2-2 record. It should’ve very well been a 3-1 record after taking care of business in Dallas and against the Pistons.
The Golden State Warriors have been to the NBA Finals for four straight seasons now. All against LeBron James and company. Now, LeBron is in the Western Conference with the Lakers. The Rockets were one game away from eliminating the Warriors from the WCF. However, Houston lost key defensive players, OKC has looked good, Denver has been impressive, but the team that I think is the biggest threat to the Warriors is the team with LeBron James. The Los Angeles Lakers.
The LeBron-less Lakers lost a tough game last night in Sacramento. They could redeem themselves with a win tonight against the Clippers, but it will not be easy. Before the season began, Clipper guard Lou Williams was asked who the best team in LA is, he said, “I mean, the Lakers ain’t beat us since I’ve been on the Clippers,” Williams tells TMZ Sports. “So, record-wise, yeah, we are the better team in L.A. until they prove it”. Later on, Patrick Beverley said, “I’ll tell y’all right now, we are the best team in L.A. for sure”.