The search continues for the Los Angeles Lakers as the team's front office looks for a replacement for head coach Mike D'Antoni. It was uncertain what the team's plans were heading into the offseason in terms of the head coaching position, but D'Antoni made the decision for them by choosing to resign. With D'Antoni now looking for opportunities elsewhere, the Lakers will attempt to bring in the best option available to take his place, but the team has yet to contact any viable candidates, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN on May 12.
Once it became official that D'Antoni had resigned, the rumors about potential candidates for the Lakers starting popping up all over the place. Almost every available option for the team, even coaches still with other teams in college and in the NBA, were being linked to the storied franchise. Despite that being the case, no one was contracted via McMenamin:
“The Lakers have still not reached out to any of the names they are considering, according to a team source familiar with the coaching search. They are expected to commence a preliminary round of phone interviews soon, but will not schedule any sit-down sessions until later in the month.”
It comes as no surprise that candidates haven't been contacted by the team. The Lakers brass let it be known they will take their time with the search for a new head coach after the failed stints of Mike Brown and Mike D'Antoni. Brown nor D'Antoni were able to continue title-contending status the franchise was used to and after the worst season in franchise history the team wants to make the right choice moving forward.
Among candidates already getting mentioned as potentially being near the top of the list are Byron Scott, Derek Fisher, Jeff Van Gundy, Tom Thibodeau, Kevin Ollie and George Karl. More candidates are likely to emerge following the NBA draft lottery on May 20. Draft position could a role in the team's decision-making process.