The Los Angeles Lakers have been in no hurry to hire a head coach since firing Mike D’Antoni.
However, it looks like the search is about to ramp up. The Lakers have already scheduled interviews with former Phoenix Suns’ head coach Alvin Gentry and former Memphis Grizzlies’ head coach Lionel Hollins.
According to Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times, the Gentry interview will take place on Wednesday and the Hollins interview will take place on Thursday. Bresnahan also reports the Lakers have already interview former Minnesota Timberwolves’ head coach and current Lakers’ assistant Kurt Rambis.
The Lakers have interviewed Kurt Rambis to be their head coach, The Times has learned. They’ll met with Gentry on Weds. + Hollins on Thurs.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) May 27, 2014
Kupchak on Lakers coaching search: “We’ve started our process..I would not anticipate hiring a coach in the next two or three weeks.”
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) May 21, 2014
Rambis also played for the Lakers from 1981-1988 and from 1993-1995 with stints with the Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings in between.
Rambis is currently in his fourth stint as an assistant with the Lakers. He was the head coach of the team in 1999 and coached the Timberwolves from 2009-2011. H has a career record of 56-145, making the playoffs once, in 1999 with the Lakers. His Lakers took down the Houston Rockets 3-1 in the first round, but fell to the San Antonio Spurs in a four-game sweep in the conference semifinals. The Spurs, of course, went on to win the NBA Championship in 1999.