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Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak Would Like To Have Coach By Draft Day Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="279"] After a couple of weeks, the Lakers have finally begun their coaching search. So far, the team has interviewed a couple of familiar f [new_royalslider id="279"] After a couple of weeks, the Lakers have finally begun their coaching search. So far, the team has interviewed a couple of familiar f Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak Would Like To Have Coach By Draft Day

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After a couple of weeks, the Lakers have finally begun their coaching search. So far, the team has interviewed a couple of familiar faces in former Lakers coach Mike Dunleavy, and former player Byron Scott.

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While the process has started, general manager Mitch Kupchak does not expect to name a new head coach anytime soon. He re-iterated that point to Jaime Maggio in an interview on Time Warner Cable SportsNet:

Right now, Kupchak’s focus is squarely on the upcoming NBA Draft. The team fell one spot to seventh overall, but Kupchak still believes that he can get an impact player at that position.

While a new coach isn’t at the forefront for the Lakers, Kupchak does have an idea of when he would like to have a coach by, as he told Maggio in the same TWC SportsNet interview:

The Lakers are sure to continue interviewing coaching candidates in the meantime, but as long as they have a coach in place by draft night, to give his opinion on what player fits his system, there should be no issue.

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The Lakers believe they have their priorities in order and they will move forward with the plan they have in place. The wheels have just begun to turn this off-season and things will start to take shape soon enough.
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  • Chris Park

    Don’t see what the hurry is, pick a player, sign FA then get a head coach that fits with the players OR get a head coach now and mold the team around coach style (I know that’s what they tried to do with MDA but you gotta integrate Kobe Bryant since hes the no.1 player that MDA failed to do effectively)

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I see we’re still stuck on MDA, but seriously…Kobe had one of the best seasons of his legendary career under MDA. How can you possibly say MDA didn’t integrate Kobe effectively?!?!

      • J Taylor

        Just because a player has the green light to shot doesn’t mean that it’s good basketball.

        • comrade24

          i tend to agree with Josh on this one. Kobe’s fg%, ast, and 3pt% were all some of the best of his career the season he played under MDA. I think a lot of that was Kobe having to do more than he should because DH has no offensive game and MDA didn’t know how to use bigs, but Kobe definitely had one of his best seasons in 2012.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          You can say that about guys like Nick Young and Jodie Meeks this season if you want, but the previous season, Kobe was great. He was efficient, he took over point guard duties for awhile, he single-handedly carried the Lakers into the playoffs while Pau pouted about the way he was being disrespected and Dwight pouted about the way coach wouldn’t let his zero-post-moves self play in the post.

    • jeremy

      we arent the sixers who are going to wait 2 months till the season to pick a coach. it be smart to get a coach now to build a team that fit his coaching.

  • Jim213

    As long it’s a coach with discipline who can attract players and get the most out of them (both sides of the floor) it’ll be good. Agree, before draft or FA.

  • Daryl Peek

    “we want Phil, We want Phil…” Still early in the process but the 11 rings effect is not off to the much anticipated start in NY. Phil has missed on two of his preferred targets (Kerr and Shaw) already but most Lakers fans think he can do no wrong? It will be interesting to see who he gets to coach the team. As for the Lakers next? I would like new blood but it’s best to have an experienced guy for Kobe.

  • jack

    Draft Smart, get a coach that can develop & bring the best out of him. Use the free agency money to address other positions needed. If it doesn’t work out with him look to 2015 or ’16 free agency for a pg of the future when there will be more options to choose from.

  • Ryan

    I firstly want to say that i really respect old man logo himself Jerry West.Anyways i watched Jerry West get interviewed by Andy Katz at the recent draft combine and he was asked about his ideas of hiring a head coach and he said that in the modern NBA it’s best to hire a new fresh face a young coach that understands the changes in the game of basketball bring in some new high energy someone that is not a retread.West said bring in some new guy that can relate to the modern NBA not some coach that has been on 4 or 5 teams coaching.I agree with Jerry West it’s time for the Lakers to resort back to the original Pat Riley hiring it was a fresh young face that brought in a new approach and culture and won 4 championships during the showtime days.

    A new coach will be new blood a person that understands the modern NBA and a coach we can build a foundation around.Long term is the goal when hiring a coach that Jerry West described to Andy Katz.Yes Mitch and Jim Buss need to bring in a fresh new face like Chip Engelland or Dave Fizdale or perhaps Fred Hoiberg,Derek Fisher,Messina,Tyrone Lue,Calvin Sampson,Travis Ford,Shaka Smart,Pete Myers,Lindsey Hunter,Mario Elie,Sam Cassell.

    • ra

      Sam Cassell?? You mean the best trash talker in the game’s history? Haven’t heard his name for a while (since he finished with the Clips years back).

      Of your list, the 2 that interest me are Derek Fisher (would be great for the final Kobe years), and Shaka Smart (a recent superstar-style coach, who could really represent a new stage of the Lakers), and, probably the coolest ‘name’ in basketball now.

  • Larry

    I have a list of ten possible coaches you never would think of but they are fresh faces that fans can appreciate.Lakers must take their time and search the globe.

    1.Luke Walton
    2.Dan Majerle
    3.Rick Fox
    4.Grant Hill
    5.Kenny Smith
    6.Greg Anthony
    7.Nevada Smith
    8.Quin Snyder
    9.Nate Tibetts
    10.Reggie Miller
    11.Eric Musselman
    12.Reggie Theus
    13.Chauncey Billups
    14.Andre Miller
    15.Grant Hill

  • Larry

    No experiences needed come and apply in person lol.

    1.Luke Walton
    2.Dan Majerle
    3.Rick Fox
    4.Grant Hill
    5.Kenny Smith
    6.Greg Anthony
    7.Nevada Smith
    8.Quin Snyder
    9.Nate Tibetts
    10.Reggie Miller

  • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

    B Scott please.

  • Glmus

    One thing I learned from watching the playoffs – it is not as important to pick a coach as it is to pick a system. The triangle with Phil served us well for many years. Now, Pop has the best system. Thus, pick a coach who will run an offense like Pop does!!!!!

  • jeremy

    who ever the lakers hire better teach some defense

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