Stan Van Gundy fired: Is he headed to the Lakers?

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Stan Van GundyThe Los Angeles Lakers trail the Oklahoma City Thunder three games to one in the NBA Western Conference semifinals.  If the Lakers lose tonight on the road at Oklahoma City the team is likely headed for a major shakeup.  Rumors are already swirling as to the futures of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in a Lakers uniform but what if both are kept?  What if instead the Lakers bring in a new coach, an Xs and Os guy, someone who can bring this team together and make L.A. great again, someone like Stan Van Gundy.

According to Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith have been fired from the Orlando Magic.  In five seasons with the Magic Van Gundy went 259-135 with a Finals appearance in 2009.

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Van Gundy has gotten the most out his teams wherever he has coached but because he and Magic Center Dwight Howard have publicized differences, Van Gundy’s firing was inevitable.

The question becomes where does he land?  If Van Gundy wants to coach next season the Lakers need to fire Mike Brown and bring this guy in.  Any team with Kobe Bryant, Gasol and Bynum should reasonably be expected to have more success than the Lakers have had under Brown this season.

If for no other reason the Lakers should hire Van Gundy to keep him from going to the Los Angeles Clippers.  With all the young stars the Clippers have, they are only a solid coach away from being an elite NBA team and Van Gundy would be a perfect fit there as well.

We’ll see how the dominos will fall after the Lakers are eliminated from the playoffs.  Let the Stan Van Gundy to L.A. watch begin.

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