Kurt Rambis interviewed for Lakers job

By Montezz Allen

Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis (Robert Gauthier/LA Times)

Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis (Robert Gauthier/LA Times)

As promised, the Los Angeles Lakers have been extremely active after the NBA Draft lottery in searching for Mike D’Antoni’s replacement.

According to league sources, the Lakers have already interviewed Byron Scott and Mike Dunleavy. It’s also been reported that LA plans on interviewing Lionel Hollins and Alvin Gentry, too.

Recently, the Lakers interviewed another familiar face for their head coaching vacancy — ex-Laker Kurt Rambis.

Rambis, who’s currently an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, coached the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2009-11, but his stint with the franchise was pretty awful to say the least. He posted a 32-132 record during his time there.

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Rumor: Gasol not apart of Lakers’ future?

By Montezz Allen

Lakers center Pau Gasol (photo by Getty Images)

Lakers center Pau Gasol (photo by Getty Images)

With only Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre under contract heading into the 2014-15 NBA season, the Lakers have roughly $30 million to spend in cap space this offseason.

But that’s only if they decide that their future will NOT involve center Pau Gasol.

Gasol has been on record saying he wants to remain a Laker and how could you blame him?

Los Angeles is where he’s had the most success in his entire career.

In seven seasons with the Lakers, Gasol helped lead the franchise to back-to-back championships between 2009-2011, while averaging 18 points on 51 percent shooting, 9.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

He was selected to the All-NBA third team  in 2009 and 2010, and the All-NBA second team in 2011.

It’s safe to say he’s been balling ever since he put on a Lakers uniform. He’s still one of the better power forwards/centers in the league and can still play at a high level.

The 33-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent in July and he’s already listed a number of teams that intrigue him, according to NBA Editor/Basketball Insider writer Alex Kennedy.

On the other hand, parting ways with Gasol might be necessary if LA wants to make a run at another championship in the near future.

Why?

Because Gasol costs a lot of cheese. A lot.

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Top three players Lakers should draft at No. 7

By Montezz Allen

The Los Angeles Lakers saw their fate come to pass after receiving the seventh pick in this year’s 2014 NBA Draft lottery. The Lakers hoped they’d luck up and capture one of the top three picks, but then again, that’s why it’s called a “draft lottery.”

Realistically, the top four picks of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Dante Exum will be off the board by the time the Lakers’ pick rolls around.

That’s clear.

But the good thing is that this year’s draft is one of the deepest we’ve seen in years. That means the Lakers will evaluate multiple players before the draft on June 26.

With only three players under contract (Robert Sacre, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash), whoever the front office decides to select at No. 7 will likely be plugged into the starting lineup right away. The seventh pick may not give them one of the  top three elite talents in the draft, but it’s a chance the squad can land a future All-Star.

That said, there are three players Los Angeles should take at No. 7 if they decide not to trade it for a veteran piece …

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Bloggers Montezz Allen (Laker Nation: All Access) and Jakub Rudnik (Lob City) discuss various topics — including but not limited to Donald Sterling, what the Lakers should do with their No. 7 pick, the Los Angeles Clippers — and more.

Byron Scott interviewed for Lakers head coach position

By Montezz Allen

The Los Angeles Lakers have finally began the process of searching for a new head coach. And according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Mitch Kupchak and company are eyeing an ex-Laker:

Scott even confirmed his interview with the Lakers on the NBA’s SirusXM radio station. 

“It is true,” Scott said. “I did interview with the Lakers. I talked to Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss and had a great time talking to those guys. Obviously I go way back with Mitch — teammates for a while, and won a couple of championships together. So it was good. That’s basically all I can tell you. It was good, I had a lot of fun talking to them. And hopefully we’ll be taking again soon, and we’ll see what happens.”

There are three coaches I think the Lakers should consider hiring. Yes, only three.

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Should the Lakers consider waiving Steve Nash?

By Montezz Allen

Lakers point guard Steve Nash (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lakers point guard Steve Nash (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Steve Nash is a future Hall of Famer. It’s obvious. The 40-year-old Canadian point guard is one of the top 10 point guards of all time.

Over the course of his accomplished career he has won two league MVPs, averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists on 49 percent shooting and most recently passed Mark Jackson for the third spot on the NBA’s all-time assist list. 

The sole thing he’s missing is a championship. And that’s difficult to come by in the league no matter how great of a player you are. All-time greats like Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing and Reggie Miller can all vouch to that.

In 2012, the two-time MVP negotiated a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns that sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers. It would be Nash’s last chance to win a ring before his retirement.

Nash agreed to a three-year deal worth a reported $27 million.

It looked like a good deal on paper. Nash averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists for a Phoenix Suns team with no 20-point scorer and that had nearly grabbed the last playoff spot in the West.

Well … looks can be deceiving.

Nash’s stint with the Lakers has been an epic failure to say the least. As the saying goes, Father Time is undefeated; the old, grumpy man definitely caught up with Nash during his time in Los Angeles.

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Staying healthy has been a problem for the aging point guard. In his first year with the Lakers, Nash broke his leg just two games into the season, causing him to miss over 30 games.

Nash tried battling back, but nerve root irritation and hamstring issues continued to slow him down.

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Three potential trades Lakers could pull off with No. 7 pick

By Montezz Allen

The highly anticipated NBA draft lottery was held May 20 and the Lakers, who hoped to vault into the top three picks, slid down to the No. 7 pick instead, killing their chances to land hot prospects like Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker.

To sum it all up in two words: they lost.

Although GM Mitch Kupchak mentioned the Lakers would consider waiting until the summer of 2015 to aggressively attack free agency, it’s still a possibility that Kupchak will trade the team’s pick for a player that can improve the team immediately.

There will most certainly be a quality player available at the No. 7 spot. But the question is whether L.A. should trade that pick for an instant game-changer.

However, this year’s draft is filled with formidable prospects. It’s one of the deepest drafts in the last 3-5 years — probably the deepest. No one knows how the final order will pan out come draft day on June 26.

That said, here are three players Los Angeles should consider trading its pick for:

Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (Noah Graham/Getty Images)

This shouldn’t be a surprise at all. Kevin Love is coming off one of the best seasons of his young career.

This season, he set career highs in points per game (26.1), assists (4.4), 3-pointers made (190) and player efficiency (26.9).

Not to mention he’s a double-double machine, a great rebounder and can stretch the defense because he can shoot the deep ball.

Love is on record saying he will not sign an extension with the Timberwolves and plans to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent next season.

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