The Los Angeles Clippers’ coaching search will pick up a lot of steam and make a lot of news this week. Four potential candidates have plans to visit the Clippers’ offices and then interview with owner Donald Sterling.
Brian Shaw, Lionel Hollins, Byron Scott, and Nate McMillan are the four coaches with interviews already scheduled.
Shaw, now that his season with the Indiana Pacers is finished, can start interviewing for head coaching positions. He was in the Clippers’ practice facility with the front office earlier in the day, and is scheduled to have dinner and meet with Sterling tonight.
Tomorrow, recently fired Byron Scott will meet with the organization that fired their head coach after their most successful regular season in team history. Scott has another year remaining on his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who fired him after another disappointing season. His relationship with Clippers’ superstar Chris Paul is working in his favor. The two were together for the beginning of Paul’s career with the New Orleans Hornets.
Lionel Hollins will interview for the job on Wednesday. Now that it is known that the Memphis Grizzlies will not bring back Hollins for the 2013-2014 season, the interest for him to replace coaches is bound to pick up. Memphis made the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history but was let go for a difference in philosophies, according to the Grizzlies.
Former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan has an interview scheduled for Thursday. McMillan has been linked to various openings, but yet has gotten into any sort of negotiation talks with a potential employer.