The Los Angeles Lakers are on the hunt for a new head coach since the resignation of Mike D'Antoni and General Manager Mitch Kupchak believes the goal is to find the right man before the NBA draft.
The primary thought with Lakers fans however, is the current health and mental state of Kobe Bryant.
The Black Mamba is one of the few players under contract with the franchise next season and being the superstar of the team, many wonder what kind of impact he will have on deciding the next head coach
The answer to that is none, Kupchak speaking in a recent interview explained how they will not ask Kobe to weigh in on the topic and may not even speak to him about the position until after they have conducted interviews and decided who fits the bill.
Kupchak also was quoted saying that they hope to find a new head coach before the draft but it is not crucial to have one in place by that time.
The Lakers franchise are in the draft lottery this year, an experience they have not felt since 2005 when they selected Andrew Bynum 10th overall.
There is a possibility that they could move all the way up to the first pick and be in range of selecting highly touted prospects like Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker.
The same way the draft could work in their favour, they could be equally as unlucky to fall all the way to the 9th pick, though the draft is believed to be deeply talented this year.
Lots of questions still surround Los Angeles and their great basketball franchise, although we may see some answers to our burning questions as the NBA approaches draft season.