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LeBron James should be the next head coach of the Lakers

While more and more people are starting to believe that LeBron James is the best basketball player ever, he remains very polarizing. A significant number of people believe that he has an inordinate amount of influence over the Los Angeles Lakers and that he and Klutch Sports are strong-arming the Lakers into making certain personnel and coaching decisions.

The critics claim that the Lakers’ firing of head coach Darvin Ham was simply an attempt to appease James and allow him to shift blame and responsibility for the team’s loss in the first round of the playoffs.

The search for the team’s head coach is underway, and Byron Scott, who won three NBA championships with it during the Showtime era, had a bold suggestion on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed.” He said that since James has, in his eyes, dictated many of the Lakers’ decisions, James should be their next head coach and play for them as well.

“I have nothing but love and respect for LeBron. I love him. I think he’s one of the best players to ever play this game, but it’s clear to me at least that he makes a lot of the decisions that happen in this organization, from a coaching standpoint to a player standpoint. So if you allow him to make those decisions, sit on the bench and make those decisions too. Be the head coach.”

‘… As far as I’m concerned, the only person he’ll really trust is himself. And since you’re already making a lot of these decisions, why not put him in that seat?’

Scott also criticized the way JJ Redick, James’ co-host of the “Mind the Game” podcast, was discussed as a serious head coaching candidate for the Lakers. He seems to feel that Redick may only be a candidate because of his relationship with the superstar.

Although there were many player-coaches in the early decades in the NBA, the current collective bargaining agreement does not allow active players to also serve as coaches.