Mike D'Anoni stepped down from the Lakers on April 30th and the Los Angeles Lakers are still without a head coach. With free agency heating up, it makes you wonder what's taking so long?
Understandably, the Lakers organization wants to get this one right as the last two hires have been disasters. The two Mike's, D'Antoni and Brown, didn't work out as they combined for a 109-116 record over three seasons. It's definitely not easy to fill the shoes of the legend Phil Jackson, who won five titles in a ten year span with the team.
But over two months into the search and still nothing. It just seems odd as the team has just four players under contract currently (as well as two draft additions), and in the midst of one of the better free agency pools in years. How can you entice a marquee player to go there if no coach is in place?
The rumors of the search have linked Byron Scott, an ex-Laker himself who failed in Cleveland miserably, and of eleven full seasons he's coached, only four of them have resulted in winning records. That could be a hire just to keep Kobe Bryant happy, as the two have had deep ties since Scott's playing days and Scott as an assistant on the Lakers staff.
Other names linked to the job are George Karl, Kurt Rambis, Mike Dunleavy and Alvin Gentry. Rambis and Dunleavy have coached the Lakers before, as Dunleavy was there from 1990-1992, and Rambis had a short stint in 1999 after they fired Del Harris.
A very odd situation and one to monitor as the Lakers still don't seem in any hurry to hire a coach, and with players like Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony on the free agent market, it makes you wonder why. But reports have surfaced the Laker organization is doing this deliberately, and want to fill the roster out first, before having a coach at the helm.
Speaking of Anthony, he will be in L.A. today as the Lakers will make their pitch to the free agent. Anthony has visited Chicago, Houston and Dallas already. He's expected to make his decision at some point next week. Some other free agents reportedly on the Lakers radar include: Chris Bosh, Trevor Ariza, and Greg Monroe to name a few.