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Report: Lakers interview Kurt Rambis as coaching search continues

May 27, 2014, 10:16 PM EDT

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The next coaching hire the Lakers make is a critical one for the future of the franchise, after the last two choices in Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni didn’t work out, each for a variety of very specific reasons.

It makes sense, then, that L.A. would take its time with the search, and interview as many candidates as possible in order to make the right decision this time around.

Kurt Rambis was the latest to interview with the Lakers brain trust, with more meetings scheduled for later this week.

From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

The Lakers continue interviewing players and coaches from their past, meeting with Kurt Rambis for their coaching vacancy.

Rambis, 56, was an assistant last season under Mike D’Antoni, who resigned from the team four weeks ago.

The Lakers have now interviewed Rambis, Byron Scott and Mike Dunleavy, and plan to meet with Alvin Gentry on Wednesday and Lionel Hollins on Thursday.

The team remains on a slow march toward a replacement for D’Antoni and might eventually sit down with about 10 candidates.

Of the candidates listed, I don’t see Rambis or Scott as a fit at all. Each has proven to be stubborn during their previous head coaching opportunities, with Scott’s act having eventually worn thin with three separate teams and their respective best players.

Gentry strikes me as the best choice from this list, given his offensive credentials, as well as a relationship with Kobe Bryant that goes back many years. Hollins may be the best overall coach of the group, but he wouldn’t appear to have the right temperament to deal with the pressures associated with coaching in a major market like Los Angeles.

The fact that the team is looking at veteran head coaches to fill the vacancy is good news for Lakers fans, a sign that Mitch Kupchak likely is firm in his belief that the rebuilding process will happen quickly, with star talent coming either through trades or free agency that would require experienced leadership to produce the desired results.

If Kupchak fails in that effort, however, it will put whomever is hired in the very difficult position of trying to defend the job he’s doing, under the weight of impossibly high expectations.

  1. norvturnersneck - May 27, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Hasn’t Rambis coached the Lakers on two other occasions? Doesn’t seem like it fit the other times either. Time to move along. Get the real candidates in there. Calipari any where on that Laker list?

  2. mnsadsportsfan - May 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Cause that worked out so good in Minnesota.

  3. antistraftordian - May 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    great coach, only phil jackson can rival his achievements

  4. ranfan12 - May 27, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Get Bernie. He has best record with the lakers. Still undefeated with him as coach lol

    • dinofrank60 - May 28, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      I think he lost one game, but that’s beside the point. After years spent getting his brains knocked around by the Lakers, he finally coaches the team and it was the best they’ve looked in two years! Hy-lar-re-ous!!!

  5. realfootballfan - May 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    This would be the exact kind of hire the slow Buss would make, somebody who worked with Phil but was always a Laker before and after him. And undoubtedly Rambis will ensure the losing continues. While the league is forcing Sterling out, Laker fans better find some dirt on this clown because it’s a long way down from what his father built.

    • sportsfan18 - May 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      The ROSTER will ensure the losing continues for the next two seasons…

      Yeah, coaches affect a bit and he might win a few games less than another, but in the West, winning 36 games instead of 32 or 33 games isn’t going to matter…

      The Lakers are not going to be good next season regardless of who their coach is…

  6. sportsfan18 - May 28, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    It’s obvious now… Mitch is getting paid a nice bonus for every candidate he interviews…

  7. El Pollo Loco - May 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Is del Harris available?

  8. redbaronx - May 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    @Brett Pollakoff – I wouldn’t read too much into Mitch looking at vets for HC. In fact just the opposite. 1) Mitch has said on two occasions that I know of that the Lakers would do what’s best for the team long-term. Obviously that doesn’t mean getting rent-a-players for a year. 2) When you’re looking at guys like Byron Scott and Kurt Rambis, you’re obviously NOT looking at tier 1 guys. You’re looking at rebuilding project coaches.

    It is far more likely (considering the candidates mentioned) that these would still be “bridge” coaches for three or four years until they have enough talent to compete again. Otherwise you’d hear rumors of guys like Tibbs or Doc Rivers (yes I think they’ll both be coaching elsewhere next year).

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