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Lakers News: GM Mitch Kupchak says Kobe Bryant 'won't weigh in' on new coach

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The Los Angeles Lakers are on the search for a new head coach for the third time since Phil Jackson walked away from the franchise back in 2011. Mike Brown and Mike D'Antoni both failed to live up to expectations with the team parting ways with Brown and D'Antoni deciding to resign. Now the storied franchise must find a new leader on the sidelines and apparently Kobe Bryant will have no part in the search for the next head coach, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin on May 15.

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak says the lines of communication with Kobe Bryant are open, but that doesn't mean the star guard will get a say in whom the team hires as its next coach.

Recently, Kobe said that he'd like to be part of the process in the head coach search. The superstar wasn't consulted in the hiring of the last two coaches and the results were not favorable. GM Mitch Kupchak has made it clear Kobe won't have much of a say in the hiring of the next head coach via McMenamin:

"From time to time we ask his advice," Kupchak told ESPN's Andy Katz at the NBA draft combine Thursday in Chicago. "He really won't weigh in on something like this. I'm not even sure that we'll talk to him prior to interviews. But from time to time, he is in our facility, I'll go downstairs and I'll talk to him about a bunch of different things."

The Lakers brass will wait until after the NBA draft lottery on May 20 to kick their pursuit of a new head coach into high gear. The team wants to see what their position will be in the upcoming 2014 NBA draft before determining the direction of the franchise. A pick in the top three will be drastically different than a pick between three and seven.

As for Kobe, the five-time NBA champion won't be happy with the team's stance on not letting him chime in on the search for a new head coach. Kobe recently signed a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension and wants a chance to compete for a sixth ring before calling it a career, but that may prove difficult considering the team's current situation.