On vacation for over a month, the Lakers are taking some time before really launching their offseason. However, it looks like their work so far is starting to pay off, with two potential recruits closing in on the franchise!
While some of their rivals still dream of the NBA title, they just hope they can claim it next year. The Lakers have big ambitions for the 2022-23 season, but they have to change a lot of things in their team to fulfill them. However, no arrival in Los Angeles has been observed so far. However, this could change quickly in the coming days.
Two coaches on pole to lead the Lakers
Following Frank Vogel’s bye, the Angels immediately identified the search for a new head coach as the first step in rebuilding. Several candidates for the position have already been interviewed, allowing LA leaders to specify their requirements. Jovan Buha promised to report them in his latest article to the athletic :
Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka made it clear that the team will take its time searching for him, and that one of the most important qualities for their future coach would be seriousness. That suggests an experienced coach, but several of the inexperienced candidates they are rumored to be linked with are ex-players who command respect.
As such, two of his targets would have taken the lead in the competition according to the journalist!
The Lakers have already been linked to a dozen candidates for his head coaching job, but none of them have emerged as top contenders. (Darvin) Ham and Terry Stotts are arguably the closest current favorites.
Two very different profiles a priori, but that the Purple & Gold seem to love. First of all, the Darvin Ham thing is intriguing, as the former NBA winger would get his first chance at the bench. In any case, it would seem that his qualities are numerous, since the Hornets have also included him in their list. Despite everything, the uncertainty that his appointment will entail could cost him in this fight.
For his part, Terry Stotts has a much richer resume in the league. With 13 seasons under his belt as head coach, the latter left his main memory of his time in Portland, marked by 8 playoff berths in 9 seasons there. However, would he be able to handle a group full of stars like Lebron James Y anthony davis ? Nothing is less secure.
Things may have become clearer in the quest to coach the Lakers, the candidates who seem to present themselves as favorites remain surrounded by doubts. I’m not sure Los Angeles fans will jump for joy if one of them is finally chosen!