Lakers coaching search: Analyzing the three finalists

More than a month since firing their head coach, the Lakers might finally be closing in on a replacement.

After initial interviews, the Lakers have narrowed the field to three, according to multiple media reports. ESPN was first to report that Milwaukee assistant Darvin Ham and former Portland head coach Terry Stotts had moved on to the “final round” of the coaching search, while The Athletic reported that former Brooklyn head coach (and current Golden State assistant) Kenny Atkinson is also in the field.

Interviews are expected to continue in Los Angeles. While the Lakers have conducted their coaching search with deliberation – much like their last one – there could be a stronger sense of expediency with the Charlotte Hornets also connected to all three men for their open head coaching job.

The decision facing team owner Jeanie Buss, General Manager Rob Pelinka and a group of trusted advisors, which now is widely understood to include former coach Phil Jackson and former team president Magic Johnson, is a massive one – a critical step in which the Lakers are eager to get back to contending status after missing the postseason for the seventh time in the past nine seasons.

Here’s an overview of the remaining candidates to coach the Lakers:


Experience: Eleven seasons as an assistant coach with the Lakers, Atlanta and Milwaukee; won the 2020 championship with the Bucks

The case for Ham: There aren’t many…

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