The Los Angeles Lakers are searching high and low, leaving no stone unturned, and exhausting all their resources (just plug in any phrase you prefer) to find their next head coach.
But they’re not consulting with LeBron James.
OK, so it’s just a report, but the Lakers are supposedly keeping The King (you know, their superstar and one of the world’s best players) in the dark when it comes to their search for a new coach.
And this all just sounds like a recipe for disaster.
The Lakers are reportedly not telling LeBron James anything about their coaching search
Frank Vogel became the Lakers’ scapegoat as soon as the season ended. Following a disastrous 2021-22 campaign in which LA missed the NBA Play-In Tournament, the franchise gave the coach who won the team a title in 2020 the boot.
It’s now looking for his replacement, and apparently, an old friend is helping with the search. Phil Jackson, who won five titles with Los Angeles between 2000 and 2010, is reportedly advising the team while it looks for its new head coach.
The decision to involve Jackson is certainly interesting, especially since he and LeBron James don’t have a great history together. In 2016, Jackson referred to James’ friends as his “posse,” a word with racial undertones.
However, the Zen Master’s role with the organization is even more bewildering, considering the Lakers are reportedly withholding information from LeBron.
“I have heard word from people around the organization that his camp has no idea what is going on,” former NBA player and current ESPN commentator Jay Williams said on the May 4 episode of Keyshawn, JWill, and Max. “Zero clue what’s going on. So, you’re telling me a guy in the conversation for best player in the world, his camp has no idea what’s going on? While Phil Jackson … is now consulting with the Lakers organization to choose who the next head coach is going to be?”
The entire situation certainly sounds like a mess. But whether James has a say or not, who will coach the Lakers next season?
Who will coach the Lakers in 2022-23?
If the Lakers want to keep LeBron James happy, they will make a strong push for former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson.
Sam Amick of The Athletic reported last month that James likes the idea of Jackson — who has also been linked to the Sacramento Kings‘ gig — coaching in LA. Jackson had significant success in The Bay before returning to ESPN, helping Golden State improve every season he was there and make the playoffs in two of three years. He was also essentially the mastermind behind the Splash Brothers.
However, Jackson isn’t the only one linked to the team. Other candidates include Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder, Michigan’s Juwan Howard, and Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham.
There doesn’t seem to be a frontrunner just yet, but the way in which this plays out could have huge ramifications on LeBron’s future with the Purple and Gold.