Latest news on Lakers coaching search

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Shams Charania provided an update on the Lakers' coaching search, revealing the leading candidates and what LA is looking for in their next head coach.

Let's delve into the qualifications of the Lakers' initial lead head coaching targets. We have former NBA player and ESPN analyst JJ Redick, former Charlotte Hornets head coach and current New Orleans Pelicans associate head coach James Borrego, and Boston Celtics assistant coach Sam Cassell.

Redick doesn’t have coaching experience but is known for his high basketball IQ. He is also respected by LeBron James, as the two share a podcast together where they break down the X’s and O’s of the game. 

Borrego is the only coach on the list with previous head coaching experience. His career coaching record is 109-140, including a 43-39 record in the 2021-22 season with the Charlotte Hornets. That was the Hornets' last winning season. Following that year, he was let go and is now an associate head coach for New Orleans.

The other candidate, Cassell, has extensive experience as an assistant coach and is a former player. He has been an assistant for the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Boston Celtics. Cassell is known for being strong in player development and is respected by players around the league.

These three candidates are the leading candidates for the Purple and Gold. However, other coaches like Chris Quinn, David Adelman, Kenny Atkinson, and Micah Nori could still be in the mix.

Shams also reported that the Lakers are utilizing former Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski as an “unofficial resource” during their head coaching search.

Coach K is one of the most respected coaches in college basketball history. He had a legendary career as the Duke head coach, where Redick played in college. With Coach K helping with LA’s coaching search and his connection to Redick, that may be the direction they end up taking.

The last part of Shams' report stated, “The franchise’s next coach will be tasked with guiding both the end of the LeBron James–Anthony Davis era—potentially a two-year window—and then the next era of Lakers basketball led by Davis. Los Angeles is looking for a coach who can grow with the franchise for years to come.”

The LakeShow is looking for a coach who can be around long-term, bridging the gap between the current LeBron James and Anthony Davis era to their next era with Davis as the lead star.

This is a smart move by the front office, but it puts more pressure on them to get this coaching hire right.

The Lakers have their initial leading candidates, and this decision will be pivotal for the future of their franchise.

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