Stan Van Gundy: Lakers’ move ‘smacks of panic’ … so, is he still a candidate to get the job?

Stan Van Gundy, already mentioned as a possible candidate to become the newest Lakers head coach, said it today after hearing the news about the team’s decision to fire Mike Brown as the head coach:

“Ridiculous. Understand what the Lakers have done since the end of last year. Organizational decisions to change the entire coaching staff. Three assistants were replaced. Organizational decision to bring in two great players, in Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. Organizational decision to change the offense. That’s a lot of changes. What did you think? After five games everything would be running smoothly? If you are not committed to your coach, make the change in the offseason.  To waste training camp, and make the change now, it smacks of panic.”

Van Gundy, serving as an analyst for tonight’s NBC Sports Network coverage of the Ohio State-Marquette Carrier Classic, coached new Lakers center Dwight Howard in Orlando the last five seasons before he was fired last summer. The two lost to the Lakers in the NBA Finals in 2009.

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel makes a case for Van Gundy’s hiring by the Lakers, although Van Gundy told the Sentinel’s Brian Schmitz that the Lakers’ dismissal of Brown was “the most ridiculous firing in the history of the NBA.”

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