Lakers Rumors: Los Angeles To Reach Out To John Calipari, Kevin Ollie Reviewed by Momizat on . UPDATE (11:00 AM PST): In addition to John Calipari and Kevin Ollie, the Lakers will also interview George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Byron Scott, and Kurt Rambis ac UPDATE (11:00 AM PST): In addition to John Calipari and Kevin Ollie, the Lakers will also interview George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Byron Scott, and Kurt Rambis ac Rating: 0
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UPDATE (11:00 AM PST): In addition to John Calipari and Kevin Ollie, the Lakers will also interview George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Byron Scott, and Kurt Rambis according to LA Times’ Mike Bresnahan:

With Mike D’Antoni’s resignation, the Los Angeles Lakers will immediately look to fill their head coaching vacancy. After numerous rumors during the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, it appears the Lakers will reach out to Kentucky’s John Calipari and Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie according to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne:

To that end, sources say, Lakers officials intend to reach out to two of the biggest names in the college game — UConn’s Kevin Ollie and Kentucky’s John Calipari — to at least gauge their interest in the job.

With that being said, the Lakers will focus on the draft and free agency until they get a better sense of the marketplace:

The Lakers’ immediate aims, sources say, are to focus on the draft and free agency and “hold back (on the coaching front) until they get a better sense of the marketplace.”

Before the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game, Rex Chapman’s tweet started rumors that Calipari would be the next Lakers head coach. With D’Antoni currently the coach at the time, Calipari disputed any reports of him coming to Los Angeles.

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After being the No. 7 seed in the tournament, the Huskies became the first team to not only reach but win the championship game led by their coach, Kevin Ollie. It was an impressive run for the former NBA player who became Connecticut’s coach just two seasons ago.

With so many possible candidates, it will be interesting to see what direction the Lakers will go. While some want the team to hire established NBA coaches like George Karl or Lionel Hollins, fresh faces like Kevin Ollie or Derek Fisher could be intriguing as the Lakers look to rebuild themselves into championship contenders.
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  • purp& goldpride

    Coach cal already.said he is staying at Kentucky. Which is good because I don’t think he’ll make a good pro coach.. but ollie intrigues me. I think he would be great actually, and he’s young(41)

  • ethan

    I agree I think john would attract young talent to lakers but seeing as we go free agency more than draft Idk how that wld wrk as well my gut says messina ollie fisher and hollins with wishful unlikely (sloan) with fisher and ollie you have two super respected player turned coaches with connections to several key 16′ free agents and fisher conection to lakers and what it takes yo be a laker not to mention if he can command yhe respect loyalty of kobe and hes able to also call out kobe when kobes made a mistake but he knows how to do it right. Kobes my fav player but hes very particular and rarely trusting the fact fisher has that ability to have gotten that from kobe shows me he could get that from anyone…but thats only 1 part of being a great coach other part is strategy and being able to get best out of what you have and use those players correctly

  • Michael

    Kevin Ollie could lead to Kevin Durant in 2016

  • Ray Moose

    dumb assumptions by some writer with no real sources. Can we actually get some info that has some kind of real journalism and leg work to back it. Some “where theres smoke, theres fire type of Sh#$#”

  • CharlieMurphy!

    If the Lakers are able to sign both Young and Stephenson, then I’d say coach Cal’s “Memphis attack” offense would be best suited for their strengths. Princeton offense on steroids.

  • independentbynature

    Calipari was not a good NBA coach before.Why would he be now?Being a great recruiter wont help him in the pros.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Both would be great choices for different reasons.With Coach John Calipari you get a all time great legendary recruiter of elite players.Also Coach Cailpari can really coach the game at a very high level.

    Now all the connects John Calipari has on the NBA level can help him always recruit top free agents,Calipari is repped by the one and only World Wide Wes the most connected man in the sports world.Also John has coached Derrick Rose,John Wall,Cousins,Anthony Davis,MKG,Randle and many others.That can only help in upcoming free agencies in the upcoming years.Also Coach Calipari does coach defense and he gets on his players to play hard and give maximum effort and energy on defense,some of the best defenders in NCAA history played for Coach Calipari like Marcus Camby,Anthony Davis,MKG,Willie Cauley Stein,Eric Bledsoe,But his offense is fun to watch.

    Now about Kevin Ollie he is a leader of men.A Los Angeles native and a top motivator and communicator.Ollie is the hip coach with all the hip players wanting to play for him.Yes Kevin Ollie coaches both ends of the court equally.

    Kevin Durant has spoken very highly of Kevin Ollie and he calls him a mentor and a winner that he looks up to and he has the ultimate respect for him.That can be the bridge between the Lakers and Kevin Durant becoming a partnership in 2016 with the watchful eyes of Kevin Ollie overseeing the career of Kevin Durant as his coach for the rest of his career they both grow together as NBA champions in Los Angeles for the Lakers and the city of LA.Both coaches are highly recommended.

    • Levels

      And Byron Scott could bring Kyrie Irving… much sooner rather than later and IF OKC loses this series Scott Brooks may be fired opening the door for Kevin Ollie…

  • roseducanna

    Coach J.SLOAN is the best coach for LAKERS. LONG LIVE LAKERS.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Mike BresnahanVerified account‏@Mike_Bresnahan
    Lakers will interview George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Byron Scott and Rambis for coaching vacancy. Also, as reported earlier, Calipari + Ollie

    • Levels

      John Calipari just tweeted out he’s staying at KU…

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Jeff Van Gundy is in my top 3 for coaching the Lakers.This is big news since Jeff Van Gundy never interviews for NBA jobs he just laughs them off and declines any job offers but Jeff Van Gundy does think very highly of the Lakers organization and he will interview from the reports coming in.Excellent coach and yes Jeff Van Gundy is a leader of men and a great defensive coach and he knows how to run a smooth offense also.Might be the best man for the job.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    The Lakers need to hire a Head Coach that is a disciplinarian.Yes it must be a tough guy that is a leader of men that earns you’re respect by simply walking through the door of the locker room.

    A person who believes in or practices firm discipline.

    Lakers must find a Gregg Popovich clone a hard taskmaster, authoritarian, stickler for discipline.It’s time to start winning championships again.We are out here.

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