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article imageNBA News and Rumors: Quin Snyder next LA Lakers head coach?

By Larry Seely     Apr 10, 2014 in Sports
Los Angeles - The LA Lakers are suffering through their worst year in the NBA as a franchise and while the injury to Kobe Bryant is the main reason for the team's downfall, several basketball experts are putting the blame squarely on head coach Mike D'Antoni.
Rumors of a coaching change have been swirling on social media for a few weeks, but things are heating up as the long season winds down. The fact Bryant and point guard Steve Nash played very little this year has hurt the Purple and Gold, but the grumblings from veterans and the constant lineup changes have caused some concern.
Team sports rely on chemistry and right now there doesn't appear to be any on the team or with the players and head coach. GM Mitch Kupchak has yet to make a decision on D'Antoni, but a possible answer if he is let go in former LA Lakers assistant Quin Snyder.
The 47-year-old coached one year with the team under Mike Brown, but he saw the writing on the wall and left after the 2011-12 season, but his basketball IQ and his ability to communicate with the players of today make him a perfect choice if the team decides to look for a new head man.
Snyder has a solid resume, including his time at Missouri. He also has a solid relationship with Bryant and the respect of NBA veterans at every stop he's had in his coaching career. While several big name coaches might get more press, making the change to an energetic and younger coach could be the best move for the team as they look to rebound from a disastrous season.
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