2 Surprising Lakers Head Coaching Candidates Emerge

2 Surprising Lakers Head Coaching Candidates Emerge

The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2021-22 NBA season with title hopes. Unfortunately, when it was all said and done, they didn’t even make the playoffs.

Frank Vogel was the first domino to drop.

Now, L.A. needs a new head coach.

This week, two surprising new contestants entered the mix.

“Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka made it clear that the team was going to take their time with the search and that one of the most important coaching qualities would be gravitas,” reported The Athletic NBA insider Jovan Buha.

“That suggests a coach with experience, but several of the first-year candidates they’ve been linked to are former players that are known to command respect.”

Who are the two primary candidates at this juncture? Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts.

Both men are especially relevant in the hunt now that Doc Rivers has said his bit about the Lakers job, and Quin Snyder has been similarly disinterested.

The front office is going to need to get creative here, and this may be their attempt at doing that.

Who will the Lakers’ next head coach ultimately be when it’s all said and done?

Time will tell.

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Jennifer Withers Hoey

Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.
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