Seven weeks since the position has opened the Los Angeles Lakers are still in need of a new Head Coach. The organization has interviewed Mike Dunleavy, Lionel Hollins, Kurt Rambis, Alvin Gentry and Byron Scott twice. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak even had informal discussions with fellow University of North Carolina Alum George Karl.
Although Karl runs a fast paced system similar to the one run by former Lakers Head Coach Mike D'Antoni and it would make the team look very hypocritical to hire Karl after not backing D'Antoni and his style. The Lakers are not in a rush to hire their next Head Coach and do not need to have one in place before Thursday June 26, 2014 NBA Draft. The Lakers are after an experienced Head Coach.
A dark horse candidate for the Lakers job and worthy of an interview would be Nate McMillian. McMillan played his entire 12-year NBA career in Seattle and coached the SuperSonics from 2000-2005. After 19-years with the SuperSonics organization McMillan left to coach the Portland Trailblazers 2005-2012. McMillan's overall coaching record is 478-452. In 12 seasons as a coach in the NBA, his teams have made the playoffs five times.
The Lakers have stated that their still interviewing candidates, but it appears that Byron Scott is the leader in the clubhouse. Byron Scott was a three-time NBA Champion with the Lakers in 1985, 1987-1988. Scott has coached three NBA teams (Nets, Hornets and Cavaliers). The Nets made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002- 2003. Scott was the 2008 NBA Coach of the year.
Byron was Kobe Bryant's teammate in 1996 and still has a close relationship with the 'black mamba'. Byron Scott's head coaching record 416-521 in 13 NBA seasons as a head coach. Byron Scott might seem like a legacy pick to many, but he checks off a lot of the boxes that the Lakers want to fill with championship experience. Scott understands the Lakers culture and what the Lakers mean to Los Angeles.
The championships Byron Scott was apart of, secured by defending and rebounding. The next Lakers head coach will need to spend time teaching the game to young players. The Lakers will keep the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and select a player top-10 player in the lottery. Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre are the only names currently on the roster.