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Lakers Rumors: Team Has Not Reached Out To Any Coaching Candidates Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="279"] After Mike D'Antoni resigned from the Los Angeles Lakers 12 days ago, numerous coaches have expressed interest in the vacant head coa [new_royalslider id="279"] After Mike D'Antoni resigned from the Los Angeles Lakers 12 days ago, numerous coaches have expressed interest in the vacant head coa Rating: 0
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Lakers Rumors: Team Has Not Reached Out To Any Coaching Candidates

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After Mike D’Antoni resigned from the Los Angeles Lakers 12 days ago, numerous coaches have expressed interest in the vacant head coaching position. While the speculation will continue, the Lakers still have not reached out to any of the names they are considering.

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According to ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin, the Lakers are expected to begin a preliminary round of phone interviews soon, but will not have any sit-down sessions until later this month:

“The Lakers have still not reached out to any of the names they are considering, according to a team source familiar with the coaching search. They are expected to commence a preliminary round of phone interviews soon, but will not schedule any sit-down sessions until later in the month.”

Taking into consideration that the NBA draft lottery is on May 20, the Lakers may be looking to see what pick they actually have before making a decision on the next head coach of the franchise. It is important that the next coach not only fits with Kobe Bryant for the final two seasons, but also with the draft pick who is expected to lead the Lakers for years to come.

The Lakers face their most important off-season in nearly a decade. Fortunately for the team, there are highly-qualified coaches available to go along with their lottery draft pick and ample cap room. With Bryant completely healthy and looking to get into basketball shape, there should be optimism as the Lakers look to rebound from their worst record in franchise history since moving to Los Angeles.
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  • J Taylor

    When the media broadcasts every move, rumor, and thought that the front office makes, there is no need to make phone calls.

    And, in this way, the team can spread “feelers” via the media and wait for responses or private (incoming) phone calls.

    Outside of administrative stuff, there isn’t much “basketball” stuff a coach can do until the front office assembles a full team. There is no urgency until Mid-June.

  • Devin

    The Lakers are in no rush to hire a new coach it’s the off season and the playoffs are still barely in round 2.The Lakers can wait until September to hire a new coach and they would be just fine as long as they get the new head coach by training camp- everything will work out perfect.Nothing else to say.

    • greg

      couldn’t disagree more…september? players wanna know who there coach is way before training camp (as opposed to ur theory of a week before) also, coaches will be fired and hired this offseason…u rly want karl, hollins, byron, or ollie signing with a dif team? I’m not saying hire now, I’m saying AT THE MOST late july early August, not september (even though it would be cool to hav our new head coach hired on my birthday)

  • RUDY T.

    Mitch Kupchak should coach the Lakers.I honestly think Mitch Kupchak might do a terrific job coaching the Lakers.Mitch knows the game of basketball.Popovich did it and so did Bird no reason Mitch can’t coach the Lakers.Do it Mitch.

    • comrade24

      interesting idea. i can’t see it happening, though.

  • RUDY T.

    Popovich and Bird were both GM of their team and they stepped down and coached their teams as did Pat Riley.Mitch can be a GM/Head Coach.

    • greg

      but heres the problem with that…mitch (in my opinion) is the greatest gm in the league right now, idc what happened last (injuries to nash, problems with dwight) mitch put together an amazing team that just didn’t have the right coach to click everyone together…so if mitch is the coach, whose our gm?…unless jerry west is coming back, no one is ready/suitable for the LA Lakers (aka the greatest franchise of all time)

  • comrade24

    Another factor is that since the playoffs are ongoing, who knows what coaches might be let go. It’s not unthinkable that even a coach going deep into the playoffs could be let go. George Karl was let go after winning coach of the year award. Lionel Hollins was let go even after increasing his win total each season and coming off a western conference finals appearance. They could just be waiting to see the entirety of who’s available.

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    Take you time FO no need to rush everything will fall in place after the Draft!

  • Kliffrichard

    hire George karl or Jeff van gundy and wild cards quin snyder as head coach LA Lakers

  • none

    need phil jackson back

  • greg

    r u kidding me…at least reach out to ppl! what if the good coaches r taken by the time we wake up and try to hire someone!

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