Via Howard Beck of Bleacher Report: “Another Jackson loyalist, Kurt Rambis, could join the Knicks as Fisher’s lead assistant. However, Rambis also remains a favorite for the Lakers’ head-coaching position, according to league sources. The Lakers have interviewed at least a half-dozen coaches, but sources say they are focused on three primary candidates: Rambis, Alvin Gentry and Byron Scott.”
League sources believe that Byron Scott, the former New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, and Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, is the leading candidate to take over the Lakers. However, Kurt Rambis, who is a former Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves head coach, is also a strong candidate and is well liked within the organization.
Gentry, who has spent last year as an assistant for Doc Rivers and the Clippers, is the last candidate. Gentry has also been interviewed multiple times by the Cavaliers.
The Lakers coaching search has progressed at the pace of the government. This is for good reason. First, the Lakers had no interest in making a rash decision. Second, the team interviewed a ton of candidates and didn’t know what direction to go in. Third, and perhaps more importantly, they were waiting to see if LeBron James would be interested in opting out of his contract and joining the Lakers and if he had an interested in hand picking a head coach. The Lakers are also interested in Carmelo Anthony and reports have stated they would like to get Anthony’s input on the head coach.
I’m sure Kobe Bryant is thrilled about the possibility of another superstar hand selecting the next head coach of the Lakers while he sits on the sidelines with no input on the decision.
The Lakers will likely make a decision before the NBA Draft at the end of June. However, they may just wait until free agency hits. With Jim Buss pulling the strings anything is possible.