The Los Angeles Lakers interviewed former Portland Path Blazers coach Terry Stotts for the franchise’s teaching job on Friday, sources instructed ESPN.
Stotts joins the Lakers’ search course of as a candidate with a historical past of playoff consistency, offensive creativity and a capability to construct relationships together with his star gamers. Earlier than his dismissal in 2021, Stotts had reached the Western Convention playoffs in his closing eight consecutive seasons on the job — together with two journeys to the convention semifinals and a berth within the convention finals in 2019.
To this point, the Lakers’ search course of has been methodical. The group has been interviewing coaches in waves of 1 or two at a time, sources stated — eschewing the standard format of interviewing quite a few candidates previous to paring down the listing for follow-up interviews.
Lakers basic supervisor Rob Pelinka is the purpose man on the group’s search, however there’s a committee in place to vet the candidates. Apart from Pelinka and proprietor Jeanie Buss, advisor Kurt Rambis and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson are additionally a major a part of the conversations, sources stated.
The Lakers have additionally reached out to Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham and Toronto Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin to debate the opening, sources stated.
After lacking the playoffs with a 33-49 file, the Lakers fired Frank Vogel in April.
Stotts left Portland because the second-winningest coach in franchise historical past, together with a 402-318 file in his 9 seasons as Blazers coach. He had temporary stops with the Atlanta Hawks (2003 and 2004) and Milwaukee (2006 and 2007) the place he had 4 sub-.500 seasons.
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