The Los Angeles Lakers are in no hurry whatsoever to hire a new coach to replace Mike D’Antoni. There have been interviews with coaches, but only tenured coaches with NBA experience.
It’s been quiet in terms of how close the team is to actually finding a new coach. The Lakers reportedly what to see what happens during free agency (whether or not they land a big player like Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James or Kevin Love) before they hire someone.
The last report was that Byron Scott is the leading candidate.
From Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
While the Lakers remain focused on Thursday’s draft and the start of free agency July 1, sources tell ESPN.com that former Lakers star Byron Scott has emerged as the leading candidate for the head-coaching job after impressing in three interviews with the team.
Scott, former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, former Suns coach Alvin Gentry and former Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy have had formal interviews with general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of player personnel Jim Buss.