NBA / Jul 15, 2009 / 11:46 am

Meet Kobe Bryant’s next coach

Pat Riley

This was gonna be a list of Five Bold Predictions for 2010, but I couldn’t think of the other four. So here it is:

Pat Riley will be the Lakers’ next coach.

Championship or not, Phil Jackson is only coaching one more season. And there are only a handful of coaches who are (1) good enough to take on a team of the Lakers’ caliber and (2) strong-willed enough to handle all that comes with coaching that franchise in that city.

And, more importantly, there’s an even smaller number of coaches whom Kobe Bryant will automatically respect, coaches that won’t ultimately lose the daily battle with Kobe’s personality for control of the team. That list: Coach K (who isn’t going anywhere), Gregg Popovich (ditto), Jerry Sloan (ditto again), Tex Winter (who’s 87 years old), Larry Bird (who’d never coach the Lakers), Magic Johnson (who’s proven he can’t coach the Lakers), and maybe Byron Scott or Larry Brown.

And Pat Riley. Always the opportunist — see how he treated Stan Van Gundy like the brother-in-law in The Godfather (“No, really, just get in the car”) — Riley is already crafting his exit strategy from Miami. When Dwyane Wade doesn’t sign a contract extension with the Heat this fall, puts himself on the free agent market next summer and eventually signs with the Knicks (I guess that’d be Bold Prediction #2), Riley will leave right after him and take over for Phil in Los Angeles. There may even be a tearful “retirement” press conference in Miami, followed three weeks later by an “I couldn’t stay away from the game” presser at Staples Center.

Riley wants another ring. And if he’s being real with himself, it’s probably not gonna happen for a while in Miami, and it sure as hell won’t happen if D-Wade is gone and he’s building around Mike Beasley, Mario Chalmers and Amar’e Stoudemire (Bold Prediction #3). If Riley is trying to go out on top — and I think he is — he’ll end up back on the familiar sideline where he first made his name in the game.

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  • Chilirey

    Nice clip with the ol’ school Sega Genesis…

  • Chilirey

    Pat: Just Say No!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2eFdO7H7cU

    Baller where are they now: Mike Smrek….he gotta ring & you don’t!

  • that’s whats up

    get Riley some Just For Men and SHOWTIME IS BACK BABY!!!

  • Chilirey

    Ha! Just for Men….Rejected!!

  • Citizen B

    Worst speculative blogging ever!!

  • Michorizo

    Doesnt Riley own some stake in the Miami Franchise and if so why would he give that up…do you think Buss will give Riley stake in the Lakers?

  • http://33344 CSLAVEN

    kobe is sucks

  • http://33344 CSLAVEN

    wade is truly better then kobe

  • QQ

    terrible article. You suck AB!

  • http://www.CalmYoSelf.com Kermit the Washington

    This would be so awesome. I was thinking of who could coach the Lakers after Phil left, and I totally forgot about Riles. Perfect situation for everyone involved.

  • BRUCE

    Riley should have pulled Starks 2-17 performance!

  • http://33344 CSLAVEN

    pat riley is a solid coach, kobe is averated.Iverson is beteet then kobe,<<< ok maybe is not now beteer,<<ansver was beteer in phily 2001 when hase teriblle tim make the playofs.Iverson vs Kobe carer stats.<<<,.Ansver 27.3 ppg. 6.3 ast. 2.2 stl. 3 reb. he is won 3 mvp 4 scoring titlle. iverson 1 pick kobe 13 kobe is won 3 nba title with shaq

  • zcw

    citizen b hit it, terrible article….

  • http://33355556 CJ

    kobe is averated<<.

  • Chilirey

    It is fun but this article should have been on Entertainment Tonight or EXTRA, rather then here @ Dime!

  • Oscarisalakerfan

    I don’t thinl it’ll happen but if it does….. I love it

  • Dr.gOOgles

    Riley wouldnt last long in L.A. him and kobe probably get into it before the all star break.

  • jryu

    how crazy would it be to see larry bird coach the lakers….

    what do you think the minimum salary would have to be to convince him? $10M/year?? haha

  • MissChick

    Lakers don’t even need a coach. Look at last season. We won a ring without any coaching!

  • Ashlov

    Wow, what a waste of time reading this garbage.

  • K Dizzle

    lol Austin, you never cease to amaze. After D Wade signs his extension, this’ll look very silly.

    How about writin about the evolution of twins in hoops from Jarron and Jason Collins to Errick and Derick Craven to Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart to Brook and Robin Lopez to Travis and David Wear to Hikeem and Kadeem Stewart…

    Just cuz you CAN write about it doesn’t mean you should…

  • http://444444 kevin

    IVERSON IS BETTER THEN KOBE.OK IS NOT NOW BETEER BUT ANSVER Was beteer in 2001 when he make nba finals with teriblle tim,<< and 1 game nba finalls iverson vs kobe.iverson scor over 35 points vs kobe in 34 games.kobe is scor just 20,24.points.end story iverson was be beteer

  • justin

    Riley owns 10% of the Heat. He isn’t going anywhere and neither is Wade, who would be giving up 30 million to leave plus the tax benefits of no state/city tax in Miami so the figure may closer to 40 million when compared to cities like New York and Chicago.

  • http://4455 MAHER

    WADE IS BETHER THEN KOBE

  • http://22666 STEPHONE

    I AGREE WITH MAHER D WADE IS TRULY BETEER.<<WADE CARER STATS.25.4 PPG.6 AST.2 STL. KOBE<< CARER STATS<< 25.3,5 PPG.JUST<< 4AST.5 REB 1.5 STLL.<<<<<<<<< IVERSON IS THE BEST 27.5PPG. 6.3AST.2.2 STL 3REB AND MUCH MORE,,,,,……..,,LOL

  • ajsthind

    Jackson has been grooming Rambis for years. I just don’t see it going to anyone but him.

  • sh!tfaced

    averated… beteer… tim… hahahaha

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    I could see that. But hey Kobe has also said he like D’Anthony’s coaching too.
    So if things don’t work out in NY you know they would love to have that run the floor offense in LA.

    Still the 2 college coaches that I wish would have or would at least try their hand in the L. John Thompson II and Coach K.

    Really I don’t think they want to put up with uncoachable adults though or ruin the legacy they have created in college.

  • http://444 brandon

    kobe is gay

  • http://444 brandon

    kobe is not gay kobe is pusy

  • http://44435 SLAVENKNE

    IVERSON WAS BETTER THEN KOBE. IVERSON CARER STATS<<< VS KOBE CARER <<STATS. ANSVER 27.3 PPG. 6 AST. 2.2 STL. 3 REB. HE WON 4 SCORING TITLE,<<<IVERSON WAS BE 3 TIME MVP 1 PICK IN 96, ROOKI OF THE YEAR AND LOT.,,,…….. BUT<<<KOBE WAS 13 PICK.KOBE HAS 2 MVP AND 1 NBA TITLLE WITH NO SHAQ KOBE STATS 25.3 PPG 4 AST 1.5 ST. 4.2 REB. IVERSON IS BETEER

  • http://2223337 GEORGE

    I AGREE WITH SLAVENKNE ALLEN IVERSON WAS BETHER THEN KOBE BRYANT

  • http://2223337 ONLY THE STRONG

    YO,YO KOBE IS SOMEWONE BEACH,,<<HA HA SUCKERS.

  • JR

    I’d rather take Byron Scott

  • jzsmoove

    No comment.

  • http://2223337 ONLY THE STRONG

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  • http://2223 brandon

    jesam se sarme najeo ma, kakav kobe,<<<< mujo i sujo all day.mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmujo