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Report: Lakers add North Carolina’s Roy Williams to coaching list

May 5, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

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This is a North Carolina thing.

If you want to see the even-keeled GM of the Lakers Mitch Kupchak get fired up, tap to him about his beloved alma mater of North Carolina losing (especially to Duke). Like a lot of former Tar Heels, he loves the place.

Roy Williams is the coach of the Tar Heels now, a guy some NBA front offices have wanted to talk to in the past. So… take it away Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers’ interview list for a new coach keeps growing. North Carolina Coach Roy Williams was added to it most recently. It’s not the first time Williams will have been approached by the Lakers. He told them in 2004 he was not interested in coaching them after Phil Jackson’s first tour ended with the team.

This fits with the Lakers plan for finding a new coach: Go slow, cast a very wide net, figure out who is the best fit. The Lakers likely will not hire a coach until June, but they want to have one in place before the draft.

Williams has won two NCAA titles at North Carolina. I highly doubt he leaves Chapel Hill, but the Lakers will ask. Kupchak will ask.

Mike D’Antoni resigned as Lakers coach in a mutual decision last week.

Other top candidates for this position that the Lakers want to speak to include Byron Scott, George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, John Calipari, and Kevin Ollie. There will be others.

  1. 00maltliquor - May 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    I wouldn’t mind a top notch NCAA coach. I’m not really sure I want Roy though. Why isn’t SVG on the list? They already got the other VG -Alonzo’s leg warmer- on the list, let’s give Stan a look see.

  2. csbanter - May 5, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Lakers trying to steal playoff limelight with coaching search leaks

    • 00millerfortune - May 5, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      What was that?…Playoffs? You talkin’ ’bout..PLAYOFFS! Are you kidding me, PLAYOFFS?!!

      I think the playoffs are holding their own bruh.

  3. rodge1 - May 5, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    The Laker job will be more appealing after Kobe retires. What coach wants to coach a diva that is as valuable as Gilbert Arenas?

    • asimonetti88 - May 5, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      I bet you’d take the job if they were dumb enough to offer it to you

      • smoothaswilkes - May 5, 2014 at 11:47 PM


  4. haaaaasoooooo - May 5, 2014 at 11:09 PM


  5. boogiefan87 - May 5, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    I really hope this happens, so Roy Williams can finally be exposed as the horrible coach he is.

    • duhwighthoward - May 6, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      I’m with you there.

      • duhwighthoward - May 6, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Well, horrible might be an overstatement. Could we change it to mediocre?

      • boogiefan87 - May 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        It’s not an overstatement, if he were the coach of a small program, then perhaps. But he’s the coach of one of the most glorified basketball programs in the entire world, being that mediocre for a program that requires excellence is equivalent to being horrible.

  6. thevikesarebest - May 5, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    The lakers still in the nba?

    • smoothaswilkes - May 5, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      zing! it’s like open mic in here! you and asimonetti88 should start an improv group.

    • paleihe - May 6, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Yes, they are.

      The NBA Constitution stipulates that just because a team has a losing season doesn’t mean they’re going to be kicked out of the league. It’s some strange by-law thingy.

  7. jimsjam33 - May 6, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    Stop the fiddle farting around . Hire an ex-Laker and keep the job in the family . Give Kareem a chance , or Michael Cooper ,James Worthy , Byron Scott , or Norm Nixon .

    • stayhigh_247 - May 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Byron Scott maybe, but the rest of your list is ridiculous, and i’m a Laker fan.

      • duhwighthoward - May 6, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        Nothing ridiculous about Kareem. GOAT

      • jimsjam33 - May 6, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        Stayhigh ,

        Were the choices of Jason Kidd , Mark Jackson , Jeff Hornachek , Steve Kerr , Doc Rivers , Scott Brooks , and Mike Woodson ridiculous ?
        It’s only basketball not rocket science . Give a Laker brother a chance .

  8. provguard - May 6, 2014 at 3:24 AM

    I don’t see Williams, Calipari and Ollie leaving their safe havens…

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