The NBA playoffs are yet to be completed, but the LA Lakers have already started their search for their head coach for 2014-15. However, if they had set their hearts on Roy Williams they could be disappointed with the North Carolina coach saying he is unlikely to leave.
“I’ve always felt that I’m a college coach and that’s where I belong,” he told Fox Sports Radio earlier this week.
The Lakers have targeted key college head coaches rather than looking at coaches already in NBA jobs. Williams and UConn coach, Kevin Ollie are reportedly at the top of GM Mitch Kupchak's list.
However, Williams seems clear that despite his friendship with Kupchak it would take a mammoth deal to force him to Los Angeles.
“Mitch Kupchak is one of my best friends in the whole wide world, there’s no question there. But I’m a college guy,” Williams said. “If somebody calls and offers me the greatest job in the world, it better be really good because I feel like I’ve got about the greatest job in the world.”
Instead Kupchak may need to target one of the NBA coaches that have been recently dismissed. Both Mike Woodson, formerly of the New York Knicks and Mark Jackson of the Golden State Warriors are looking for work after being fired by their teams.
Jackson may be a target for the Lakers considering the geographical logic of staying inside the state of California. However, Woodson is unlikely to be in the frame for such a high-profile coaching job after failing to make the playoffs with the Knicks this past season.