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Lakers Nation Week In Review: May 17 – May 24

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During the off-season for the Lakers, the team has been adamant to change the franchise into a title contending team once again. Over the week, the Lakers were in the rumor mill to acquire a franchise player from another team. Also, with the lottery picks set for the 2014 NBA Draft, the Lakers have officially started their coaching search.

Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward Kevin Love has garnered interest from a number of teams due to speculation that he will not re-sign with the team. Within the past few days, the Lakers have been rumored to make a “monster push” for Love.

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On Tuesday, the Lakers fell one spot short and received the seventh overall pick. Knowing what pick they will receive, general manger Mitch Kupchak expects their position in the draft to have value.

Finally, in the aftermath of the lottery, the Lakers have officially started their search for the vacant head coaching position. With the team already interviewing Mike Dunleavy and Byron Scott, Mitch Kupchak does not expect to hire a new coach in the next two to three weeks.

Check out the biggest stories of the week:

Mitch Kupchak Would Like To Have Coach By Draft Day

Byron Scott Thinks He’s ‘A Perfect Fit’ For The Lakers

Mitch Kupchak Talks About His Expectations For No. 7 Pick

Julius Randle Talks About Possibly Playing With Kobe

Team Interviews Byron Scott For Head Coaching Vacancy

Mitch Kupchak Says Coach Likely Won’t Be Hired In The Next 2-3 Weeks

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak Q&A: No. 7 Draft Pick, Kobe, Coaching Search

Team Interviews Mike Dunleavy For Head Coaching Position

Los Angeles Falls To No. 7 Pick In NBA Draft Lottery

Team To Make ‘Monster Push’ To Acquire Kevin Love

Kevin Ollie Agrees To Contract Extension With UConn
2014 Sports Spectacular

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  • Deron

    D.J. Stephens,Bill Walker, James White, Terrico White,Glen Rice Jr., Christian Eyenga,Elliot Williams,Gerald Green,Terrence Stansbury,Kenny Sky Walker,James White,Jeremy Evans,Joe Alexander,Darius Miles all are great athletes yet none of them made an impact in the NBA.Honestly Gerald Green finally had a good season and that took him 7 years to do and the Lakers cut him a couple times in the process.

    Well it’s just me speaking out against Zach Lavine and these crazy Lakers fans that think we should draft him at the #7 spot ahead of Marcus Smart or Julius Randle that is the most asinine thing i have ever heard.NO way in hell should the Lakers draft Zach Lavine at pick #7 that’s way too high for him.The dumbest thing i have ever heard is Zach Lavine hype from Lakers fans we don’t need him at all.Zach Lavine is not a good player.

    • LakerLore

      “Zach Lavine is not a good player”

      Neither is Marcus Smart. I don’t know why people ignore his obvious regression this past season. Putting him in the same sentence as Wade (a top 5 shooting guard of all time) is borderline insanity. He’s too slow to play PG, not a great scorer or a great passer. He’s decision making is iffy,has a weak off hand dribble, and his shooting is atrocious. He played good defense on the college level but would get torched by NBA caliber guards. His NBA ceiling is Chauncey Billups at best.

      • VillainKing

        Marcus Smart is a beast and he is the perfect fit for the Lakers..

  • Deron

    I would draft Marcus Smart over Zach Lavine 1000 out 1000 times.

    Marcus Smart might win rookie of the year and he is seriously compared to Dwayne Wade and his defense and manhood leadership is way above little Lavine.Honestly Marcus Smart will be all over Sportscenter highlights while Zach Lavine is sitting on the bench and getting sent down to the D-League his rookie season.

    Marcus Smart>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Lavine

  • KB24

    wish we can have a TRIPLE TOWER WITH EMBIID(trade),,LOVE(FA), and PAU (8mil per year) and then tyler ennis or rondo(dream) at the point also add deng and glen robinson 3 if possible

  • Jacob

    Seriously lets find a top 5 head coach.I want the Lakers to hire Avery Johnson a lot of people are sleeping on Avery Johnson for the Lakers coaching vacancy but i think he would be a great hire for the Lakers situation.Avery Johnson is a excellent coach and he is one of the best strategy guys in the business and most of all he is the greatest motivational speaker i have ever heard speak.

    All his teammates insist that Avery Johnson was a great teammate and the best at motivating them in the locker room and he is very underrated as a head coach.The Nets thing failed because Brook Lopez kept getting hurt.

    Also Deron Williams kept getting injured and he got washed up fast and other factors took place like a bad roster.But if you look back at who Avery Johnson is well he is a tough hard nosed Gregg Popovich student of the game of basketball and a championship player that overachieved throughout his career and he is a born leader that commands respect from everyone.

    Avery Johnson did a great job coaching the Mavericks he was the head coach with the best win percentage of any NBA head coach all time before he took the Nets job and he has no current team employing him so he can be hired by the Lakers immediately a deal could be imminent if the Lakers contact Avery Johnson.At the very least the Lakers can gauge his interest in the coaching job.

  • ed garcia

    Byron Scott is deserving of a shot to coach the Lakers! Jeff Van Gundy would be ideal as well. Finally, George Karl is out there and he is a seasoned coach with a defensive mindset that is a proven winner!

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