Quin Snyder as Laker Coach?

Perhaps this is just speculation, but Quin Snyder may be considered for the head coaching job for the Lakers.  The former assistant coach of the Lakers, under Mike Brown, followed Ettore Messina to CSKA Moscow in 2012. Those unfamiliar with CSKA Moscow, should know they’re one of the top European teams outside of the NBA, holding former NBA players such as Nenad Krstic, Sonny Weems, Sasha Kaun, and Victor Khryapa.  Their current record is 19-5.  If the name Ettore Messina sounds familiar, it should.  He was the offensive specialist under Mike Brown’s tenure as a Laker as well.

Quin Snyder, known mostly for his head coaching stint at the University of Missouri during the Kareem Rush days, has tremendous ties to the San Antonio Spurs and Duke University.  Right now, he’s an assistant under Mike Budenholzer, a discipline of the San Antonio system under Gregg Popovich.  He also played alongside Danny Ferry, now Hawks GM, under Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

There can’t be any more pedigree than that.

There are question marks that remain.  What are his primary philosophies?  Is he a player’s coach?  Will he adjust?  What is his offensive or defensive style?

Jerry West taught Mitch Kupchak how to become an excellent General Manager.  It took him a few years, but he was able to rebuild a team from scratch in a short amount of time, back to championship level.

Considering Snyder’s pedigree, is it possible that Quin do the same?

Considering how successful Mark Jackson and Kevin McHale have been, why not add Snyder to the list?  At the very least, he’s still as dapper as Pat Riley on the side lines.

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  • Daryl Peek

    Quin was average at Missouri. Not a coach to get excited about as the next.

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  • J Taylor

    Byron Scott – Yes
    Stan Van Gundy – Yes

    Snyder -

  • Paul J. Lorona

    Jerry Sloan? Nate McMillin? B.Scott? Anybody that can preach and instill defense ….

    • Daryl Peek

      “Defense, I don’t see why everyone keeps talking about great defensive system’s or adjustments? Phil ran like three defensive sets in practice and left it up to us to figure it out on the court.” –Kobe Bryant on the triangle Lake Show defense.

      • Paul J. Lorona

        Correct and Phil also played BIG – with large guards, big line ups, and had players known for defense. Phil systems are intentionally simple. Rebound, rotate, spacing, desire to defend the ball. D’antoni makes it challenging to defend in his system cause his focus is on having the power forward “stretch” the offense. Instead of being in the paint and working for rebounds.

        • Daryl Peek

          The Heat do the same thing. The Spurs do the same thing when Bonner or Diaw are in the game. OKC does it also when KD is at the 4. The Nets turned their season around (10-21 playing big) when Lopez went down and was no longer available to play next to KG. Paul Pierce is now the stretch 4. The only present playoff teams that truly play big consistently are the Griz, Pacers and Warriors.

          There’s a difference in playing big and small in theory as most look at it. Phil did like bigger guards but rarely played twin towers and leaned towards floor spacing more than most want to acknowledge. Shaq always played next to a stretch 4 in Horry, Rice or Fox. Bynum was either hurt or benched during crunch time for LO who played with stretch 4 skills. Each Lake Show group was at their best when making three point shots at a high rate. This was the same in Chicago as Hodges, Paxon, and Kerr were big difference makers.

          Defense and rebounding is something that comes from within a player. Shaq was a monster on the boards and was the enforcer in the paint. Kobe is a great rebounding guard and always has been. LO has always been a good rebounding player who could defend. Gasol has never been a good defender but has always been nice on the boards.

          The key difference is having a collective group of players who are willing and understand their role. MDA has failed in this but not all of it has been his fault. You cannot ignore the injuries this season! The hustle and effort have been there this season but the injuries and lack of overall talent is again undeniable. Last season the talent was there but the willingness was not as internal roster beef preceded the D’Antoni hire. The team was top level on the boards last season but lacked defensively due to constant missed communication driven by personal beefs in differing beliefs. Where MDA fails most is managing diva ego’s.

          • Paul J. Lorona

            And most of those teams also play defense and their guards help out in rebounding and are decent defenders on the ball. There is no question if they had better players their record would reflect that. That stretch 4 player usually has to be a pretty dynamic player and versitle. Your point is well taken. I was never sold on D’antoni.