The Los Angeles Lakers fired Frank Vogel after the end of the regular season. They are looking for a new coach now. According to several sources, the Lakers have an interesting approach to find their next head coach. Jeanie Buss and Rob Pelinka have to play really smart this offseason. The team finished the regular season with a terrible record. Some say Vogel was their scapegoat.
The Lakers have been linked to several coaches. Oh, yes, the list of rumored candidates is really strong and also includes NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. The former Laker joked about joining the purple and gold as the next head coach. Well, his joke also included a lot of millions and a multi-year deal.
Lakers consider different approach to find their next head coach
Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN reported that the Lakers have embraced a different approach this time. They won’t even follow the moves of other teams. Wonder why?
“They’re doing this search a little differently than other teams might,” said Wojnarowski on “NBA Countdown” on Friday. “Typically, teams will ask for permission on maybe up to a dozen candidates — a large number, start interviewing them one after another, do sometimes two or three in a day on Zoom, bring them in in person. The Lakers, what I’m told they’re gonna do, is essentially call for permission on a couple guys at a time, talk to those coaches, think about it and then move on to a next group of two, perhaps three.”
Woj reported that the Lakers have already contacted the Milwaukee Bucks to interview assistant coach Darvin Ham. The Bucks assistant coach knows the NBA really well because he played the game back in the days. Ham is an excellent option for the Lakers, because he has already been an assistant with the team when Kobe Bryant was closing his career.
Ham may make sense, but Quin Snyder is considered a top candidate for the head coaching vacancy. The Lakers have a hug chance to snatch the rival head coach. Utah didn’t make the second round of the playoffs. Maybe Snyder will part ways with the team and make things easier for everyone.