The Lakers have said the organization will do a wide-ranging search looking Byron Scott’s replacement as head coach. They are expected to look at potential coaches such as Luke Walton, Mark Jackson, Ettore Messina, Luke Walton, Kevin Ollie, Luke Walton, Jeff Van Gundy, John Calipari, and Luke Walton. The Lakers have a preference, I’ll let you guess who that is.
Derek Fisher would like to get on that list. From the amazing Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
Sources indicate Derek Fisher has interest in the Lakers job. Obviously Laker front office still compiling their list and gauging interest from potential candidates.
Oddsmakers apparently think this could happen, here are the betting odds on the next Lakers coach from BookMaker.eu:
Luke Walton -185
Derek Fisher +600
Mark Jackson +650
Jeff Van Gundy +800
Kevin Ollie +900
Ettore Messina +1350
If you were thinking of putting money on Fisher to get the job, donate that cash to the Boys & Girls club or a local food bank where it might do some good rather than just throw it away. The Lakers just went down the “legendary former player who has struggled in his last coaching job” road and shouldn’t want to travel that same path again.
The Lakers need a coach who can relate to and get through to their young players, a guy who understands how to build a culture and has done it or seen it first hand, someone who is used to the bright lights and can handle the spotlight of Los Angeles. I don’t know, someone like Luke Walton, for example. Just to throw a name out there.
The question is will Walton want the job (or, put more honestly, how much money and how many years of it will it take to pry Walton out of that seat next to Steve Kerr in Golden State)? And if not, who do they take? At those odds Messina looks pretty good.