The Los Angeles Lakers have plenty of questions to answers this offseason.
They have several free agents including veteran big man Pau Gasol that they have to make decisions on, they hold the seventh-overall pick in the draft and they have to decide if they want to clear cap space or put together assets to make a run at the likes of New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony or Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love.
However, their first order of business will likely be hiring a coach to replace Mike D’Antoni.
The Lakers have already interviewed Mike Dunleavy, Sr., Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins and Byron Scott and have also expressed interest in George Karl and Kurt Rambis.
Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne, current SMU Mustangs’ coach Larry Brown and former Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks’ coach Scott Skiles are on the radar.
Sources say that the Lakers, meanwhile, remain interested in discussing their vacancy with Fisher but also continue to proceed with a more deliberate coaching search than the Knicks. The Lakers — who have interviewed coaching veterans Byron Scott, Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins and Mike Dunleavy in addition to discussions with former Lakers head coach Kurt Rambis and ESPN analyst George Karl — are not yet locked into one candidate. The Lakers, sources add, have also internally discussed reaching out to Scott Skiles and former NBA championship-winning coach Larry Brown, who has spent the past two seasons in the collegiate game at SMU.
Skiles has a career record of 443-433 in the regular season and 18-24 in the postseason. Brown, who also coached the UCLA Bruins and Kansas Jayhawks, has a career record of 219-88 in college. As an NBA coach, he has a regular season record of 1098-904 and a playoff record of 100-93, including an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons.