The Los Angeles Lakers head coaching position is currently vacant. Championship-winning head coach Frank Vogel was dismissed after a poor season, and there have been a variety of candidates that have been connected with the job.
It has recently been revealed by Shams Charania of The Athletic that the Los Angeles Lakers have interviewed Mark Jackson for their coaching position. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN shared that the Lakers have also interviewed Terry Stotts for that position as well.
The Los Angeles Lakers have interviewed former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson for their head coaching job, sources tell The Athletic and Stadium. Jackson is among the finalists for the Sacramento Kings head coach opening.
The Lakers interviewed former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts for the franchise’s coaching job this week, sources tell ESPN. Stotts made the playoffs in eight straight seasons with Blazers, including two trips to conference semifinals and a berth in conference finals.
There is no doubt that either coach would be a solid choice for the franchise. Terry Stotts made the Portland Trail Blazers a consistent playoff team during his time there, and it would be interesting to see what he could do with the Anthony Davis- LeBron James duo. Mark Jackson was also a solid coach with the Golden State Warriors, playing a crucial role in developing players like Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Stephen Curry. Notably, it was reported that LeBron James would welcome Mark Jackson landing the position.
And here’s a tidbit to monitor as the Lakers conduct their latest coaching search: Sources say James would be very enthused by the prospect of Mark Jackson landing the job. But as history tells us, that doesn’t mean it will actually happen.
It remains to be seen who the Los Angeles Lakers end up selecting as head coach, and it is likely that they will interview other candidates besides those two in the near future. This decision is incredibly important for the franchise, and it is fair to assume that they will take their time picking the right candidate.
Hopefully, a new head coach can help the Los Angeles Lakers get back into contention next season. While they will also have to make roster changes to improve the team, a fresh start coaching-wise will definitely benefit them going forward.