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Lakers News: Team Has Not Shown Interest In Lionel Hollins Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="279"] The Lakers brass will take their time in finding a new head coach to replacement Mike D'Antoni. The team will likely wait until after [new_royalslider id="279"] The Lakers brass will take their time in finding a new head coach to replacement Mike D'Antoni. The team will likely wait until after Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Team Has Not Shown Interest In Lionel Hollins

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The Lakers brass will take their time in finding a new head coach to replacement Mike D’Antoni. The team will likely wait until after the NBA draft lottery to kick their head coaching search into high gear with numerous candidates said to be in contention for the job.

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One name that might not be a candidate for the storied franchise is Lionel Hollins.

According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers and New York Knicks have yet to show interest in Hollins:

With Hollins potentially off the list of candidates for the Lakers, a lot of potential coaches remain on the open market. George Karl and Byron Scott continue to get mentioned as potential targets along with Kevin Ollie, Derek Fisher, Marc Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy to name a few.

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If Steve Kerr is hired by the Knicks, Hollins may become the frontrunner for the Golden State Warriors. Hollins didn’t coach this season after the Memphis Grizzlies parted ways with the head coach following a trip to the Western Conference Finals.

After May 20, once the Lakers know their draft position in the upcoming NBA draft, the coaching search will likely intensify with more candidates potentially emerging.
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  • truth24

    A good up tempo and defense is key.

  • Matt Williams

    Lionel Hollins preaches defense, which Lakers have been lacking for at least 2 seasons. How about Lionel Hollins as head coach, and maybe Vinny del Negro as assistant coach. Del Negro’s offense with Hollins defense. That would work.

  • Levels

    There is a reason why, Lionel isn’t getting any interest from teams… good coach, but something is stopping him from getting a job…

    • Marcus Franco

      That’s strange, he has shown interest in Lakers… The only reason that crossed my mind is money.

      • Levels

        Yes, he did with the Pistons also, as well as Utah but for some reason teams aren’t wanting to interview him… he’s been out of coaching for awhile now…

  • LakersFan4Life

    That way it looks like is that they haven’t shown any interest on any one at this point, they’re taking their time, I think they will make their decision after the draft, to me is going to be between, coach Thib, Byron Scott, George Karl and Lionel Hollins, and maybe a possibility Kurt Rambis.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I love the way Lionel Hollins coaches a team and he develops young players also he is a hard nosed guy that teaches and coaches defense.

  • J Taylor

    If the future of the team is based on young guys and talent development, it’s possible the team is angling for a college phenom for the next coach.

    It makes sense that the team looks to build a stable of young stars who are cheap and a great value. If nothing else, the Heat have proven that a team can have 3 stars and 9 other guys willing to play for the minimum.

    If a future (hypothetical) team had Exum, Monroe, Young, Ryan, Henry, Bazemore, and Marshall, it’s a no-brainer that a college coach would be the preference.

  • EmperorKing

    Lionel Hollins is a very good coach..

  • ra

    ok, the way I see it, the Lakers are not really approaching any coach at this point (maybe not a few weeks back, but certainly now). They are waiting for May 20, after the draft.

    Perhaps the strategy is for them to focus on a ‘short list’ of coaches (after a few weeks), and so it won’t look like they are just choosing ‘any’ coach for the team.

    So, the theory that they will potentially be seeking out Kevin Ollie makes sense, because they won’t want to make him one of a ‘dozen’ coaches that have to, essentially, compete for the coaching position. The theory being that if KO perceives that he is just one of a dozen coaches, he may feel that he is ‘among’ choices rather than being ‘mostly singled out’ for the position.

    So, KO will first be approached, with no other coach in the running. If KO turns it down, then they will ‘broaden’ the search. It makes sense in terms of maintaining an integrity by the Lakers. They have a coach in mind. They want to focus on ‘that coach’ before talking to others.

    Theory #2: Seeing how the Clips play out. If the Clips are defeated by the Thunder, then look for a change. Doc Rivers could easily bail on the Clips, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ (due to Sterling’s ownership). Of course, I expect that Doc wouldn’t leave the team right away, but the Lakers can talk with him after the playoffs are over.

    The Lakers won’t (can’t) wait on Doc till the fall, especially if the Sterling drama plays out for a long time (i.e., players bailing on the team, Clips having trouble signing free agents, etc. if Sterling hangs on to ownership). I’m certain that any Clipper ‘even’ signed with the team can ‘legally’ leave the Clips, based on the Sterling debacle (can’t work for an organization that has openly demonstrated prejudice), and then not only would the Clips come apart, the coach could leave (easily), especially if the Clips lose (the emotional stress can be blamed on losing out in the playoffs).

    Doc would only leave the Clips if the Lakers (or another team) would sign him.

    So, we will have to wait for a month or so to see how ‘all of this’ plays out.

  • roseducanna

    No KARL, no HOLLINS, no JEFF GUNDY.

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