The Lakers are still in the early stages of their search for a new head coach but it looks like there are still some early candidates. In rolling out a wide and wide network early on, there are a number of candidates considered, but according to Jovan Buha of the athleteTwo of the coaches already interviewed are the top candidates.
The Lakers have already been linked with more than a dozen candidates for their position as coach, but none have emerged as a clear lead so far. Hamm and Terry Stott are perhaps the closest to the current candidates.
Darvin Hamm was the first candidate the team approached for an interview. Assistant Bucks has been one of the most recognizable names in the coaching market for many years. This outside looks like the moment he finally transitions from assistant to main man as he thinks too He reached the final in the Hornets Opening as well.
Stotts was a bit more surprised when the Lakers interviewed him. One of the few head coaches on the market, Stotts made his name as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers long ago before splitting from the franchise last summer. Since then, he has taken the year off, choosing not to work as an assistant coach.
The biggest difference – or advantage depending on your point of view – between Stotts and Ham is that the former is a former head coach while the latter will be a novice. While the Lakers have been eyeing the competition from day one, hiring a junior coach is something they “think hard” to do, according to Beha.
Regardless of Nick Nurse, Quin Snyder or another elite coach becoming available, the Lakers seem to be thinking hard about the upside for a rookie coach.
Given the pool of talent available and the only coaches on the market with master coaching experience the likes of Stotts, Mark Jackson or Kenny Atkinson, it makes sense for the Lakers to consider the idea of a junior coach.
Bringing in renewal just because they have a previous job on a junior coach will not guarantee any level of success and may not even be the best option. The realistic amount of experience should not influence this research much. The Lakers must simply appoint the coach they believe is the best candidate available, regardless of whether he is a former head coach or a rookie.
Currently, experience was not a deciding factor in the Lakers interview as they reached out to a number of assistant coaches and candidates who had no coaching experience. It’s an encouraging sign of franchise, which is a rarity in recent years.
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