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.