The Los Angeles Lakers may be out of the NBA playoffs, but they just can’t seem to stay out of the headlines.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Lakers are reportedly “very interested” in Rick Adelman as a candidate to fill the head coaching vacancy left behind by Phil Jackson. This, of course, comes on the heels of Kobe Bryant and a number of other players publicly endorsing Brian Shaw as a successor to Jackson in their end-of-season exit interviews.
The intrigue surrounding Adelman, apparently, comes as a result of his successful stints with the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets. That history of winning, along with the similarities between Adelman’s “corner” offense and Jackson’s “triangle” make him an almost-ideal fit for a team laden with veterans.
In March, ESPN reported that former Rockets and New York Knicks head coach, Jeff Van Gundy, may be a potential target of interest for L.A. Ex-Los Angeles Clippers coach and general manager, Mike Dunleavy, was also suggested as a possible candidate by Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times via his Twitter account.
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As ESPN’s J.A. Adande reported following the Lakers sweep at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks last Sunday, the chain of command when it comes to making a decision on a new head coach will be as follows: Jim Buss, Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak – in that order.
The 64-year-old Adelman, despite all of his success, has never won an NBA title as a head coach.