Lakers Turn Back The Clock With Latest Head Coaching Candidate Interview

| by Jonathan Wolfe

The Lakers reached way back into their history books this morning and interviewed Mike Dunleavy Sr. for their head coaching position, according to Yahoo Sports. Dunleavy coached the Lakers from 1990-1992.

Dunleavy last coached in the league in 2010 as the Clippers coach. He coached the Clippers from 2003-2010 and made one playoff appearance during that span.

Dunleavy has 17 years of NBA head coaching experience, with a career record of 613-716. While his career regular season record is below .500, he’s 38-33 in the playoffs. His teams have made the playoffs in seven of his 17 seasons. Dunleavy won NBA Coach of the Year in 1999 with the Trailblazers.

In his previous stint with the Lakers, Dunleavy compiled a 101-63 record with a Finals appearance.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak acknowledged recently that the team’s choice for head coach could depend on what they decide to do with their draft pick this year. The Lakers could opt to hire a younger coach if they keep the pick but may hire a veteran coach if they trade the pick and upgrade their roster. Lionel Hollins, George Karl, and Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder have all been mentioned as possible candidates to lead the Lakers next year. 

Speaking of head coaching candidates, Kevin Durant says he wholeheartedly endorses Derek Fisher as a possible future coach. Despite still being an active player, Fisher is reportedly a leading candidate to be the Knicks' next head coach.

When asked if the thinks Fisher would make a good coach, Durant said, “Without a doubt. He's a smart guy, smart mind. He's a great motivator, great speaker and can really relate to a lot of guys and demands that respect from everybody. He's a great locker-room guy. I'm sure he'll do a great job.''

Sources: Yahoo Sports, Los Angeles Daily NewsCBS Sports