The day after the last day of the regular season, two franchises are already looking for a coach: the Lakers and the Kings. in sacrament, eight names are already circulatingY the Fox-Sabonis duo wants to give their opinion. In Los Angeles we imagine that the future coach will be “compatible with LeBron”, and that his ideas on the use of Russell Westbrook will be important.
Lakers vice president and general manager Rob Pelinka says he hasn’t put together a “list” yet.
“It is going to be a very methodical process, one of the rules here is not to give yourself a deadline. We want to find the right person, and that is the most important thing. All things considered, it would be great to have someone for the Draft. But our process will be thorough and methodical, and we haven’t even begun to put together a list or discuss who the replacement will be. We wanted to commit to finishing the season well, which we were able to do. We didn’t want to skip any steps and make those decisions after the season is over from today. »
Four names emerge
According to the Los Angeles Times, four names appear most frequently to replace Frank Vogel, and these are four coaches under contract. Quin Snyder first, though the Lakers’ method of thanking Frank Vogel would have chilled him. He knows the franchise from being an assistant there ten years ago. His name has been circulating for several weeks. because his contractual status remains unclear, and he himself is keeping the mystery.
Then there is Nick Nurse, NBA champion in 2019 and who continues to perform miracles this season. He would be the front office’s first choice, but it will be tough to wrest him from the Raptors where he extended 18 months ago. Since he has the same agent as LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the connection is obvious.
A former teammate of LeBron James in Miami but also a former Heat assistant alongside Dave Fizdale, Juwan Howard would be on the “short list” of leaders. Under contract with Michigan, he plans to continue training his sons, Jett and Jace. In 2019, had an interviewand the management had preferred Frank Vogel.
Finally, there’s Doc Rivers, who would be in an ejection seat in Philly despite having three years left on his contract. Daryl Morey is said to have other names in mind for the Harden-Embiid duo, and Doc Rivers could end up on the market. He may be the ideal coach to get the best out of the “Big Three” LeBron-Davis-Westbrook.
A priori, it will not be an inexperienced coach. Which confirms the half words of Rob Pelinka.
“Given the current needs of the team and given the presence of superstars in our team, we want a strong voice capable of motivating the players to give their best every night” says the leader. “I think that will be one of the main qualities that we look for to empower everyone, from the best player on the team to the 15th player. And that’s going to be one of the many features that I think will catch your eye today. »