Derek Fisher no longer on Lakers’ radar

By Montezz Allen

 

Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher has the tools and knowledge to be a solid coach in the NBA someday —  just not with the Lakers.

According to a report from Mike Bresnahan, the Lakers no longer have their eye on Fisher as a candidate for their head coaching vacancy.

The team believes Fisher will be a formidable coach at some point, if he decides to go that route, but L.A.’s looking for a coach with previous experience.

Unfortunately Fisher isn’t that.

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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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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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Kobe deserves role in choosing Lakers’ next coach

 By Montezz Allen

Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant is an all-time great. There’s no denying it. He’s the greatest Laker of all time, if you ask me.

Shoot, I’ll go even further — he’s the second greatest player of all time.

Yeah, I said it …

Bryant’s a  five-time champion; he has won two NBA Finals MVPs, one regular-season MVP and has led the league in scoring twice. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. His level of commitment to his craft, as well to the Lakers’ franchise goes without saying.

Bryant’s a Laker for life. He practically bleeds purple and gold.

That said, in a recent interview with ESPN’s Andy Katz during the NBA draft combine, Lakers GM  Mitch Kupchak mentioned that Bryant will have little to NO say in deciding who their next head coach will be.

“From time to time we ask his advice,” said Kupchak. “He really won’t weigh in on something like this. I’m not even sure that we’ll talk to him prior to the interviews. But from time to time, he is in our facility, I’ll go downstairs and talk to him about a bunch of different things.”

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