A month after the departure of Frank Vogel, the Lakers are struggling behind the scenes to find their new coach. Several names are mentioned across the Atlantic, including those of Terry Stotts and Mark Jackson.
The Lakers coaching job is still vacant, nearly a month after Frank Vogel was ousted. The Californian franchise board is working hard to find him a successor and has approached Terry Stotts, who worked in Atlanta (2002-2004) and Milwaukee (2005-2007) but above all renowned for having done a good job in Portland between 2012 and 2021. According to ESPN, “Stotts joins the Lakers’ search process as a candidate with a history of playoff consistency, offensive creativity and an ability to build relationships with his star players.” It must be said that the 64-year-old has qualified the Blazers for the play-offs for eight consecutive seasons, with a Conference final in 2019 as the best result. Terry Stotts enters a short-list in which appear the respective assistants of Milwaukee and Toronto, Darvin Ham and Adrian Griffins. But that’s not all.
Mark Jackson tracked by the Lakers … and the Kings
Decision-makers on the matter, namely general manager Rob Pelinka, franchise owner Jeannie Buss, adviser Kurt Rambis and former coach Phil Jackson, also probed Mark Jackson. Information issued by The Athletic. Nevertheless, the one who has only had one coaching experience in the NBAwith the Golden State Warriors (2011-2014), could settle elsewhere in California, near Sacramento where he “is one of the finalists for the position of head coach”. A parallel interest that can eventually do Terry Stotts’ business. The Los Angeles Lakers are taking their time to find their new conductor and breathe new life into LeBron James and others. With a record of 33 wins and 49 losses in the regular season, they failed to qualify for the play-offs. An anomaly for a franchise of the standing of the Lakers and their 17 NBA championship titles.