Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak will not reach out to Kobe Bryant to get his input on the team’s head coaching search. Although it seems there is no strain on the relationship (both men have said as much), they clearly have different views on the power structure of the organization. Kupchak had this to say:
“From time to time we ask his advice,” Kupchak told ESPN’s Andy Katz. “He really won’t weigh in on something like this. I’m not even sure that we’ll talk to him prior to interviews. But from time to time, he is in our facility, I’ll go downstairs and I’ll talk to him about a bunch of different things.”
Kobe, on the other hand, would like to be involved in the decision and believes that he would be a great asset for the organization in terms of identifying a talented leader. Bryant, while on Jimmy Kimmel Live, expressed his desire for the organization to reach out to him:
The organization will do just fine hiring a head coach without Bryant; however, what’s the harm in letting him into the room to have an open discussion. Who would Kobe want? Well, Derek Fisher and Brian Shaw are options right?