More Lakers uncertainty with search for new coach

Fri May 2, 2014 8:03pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The level of uncertainty endured by Los Angeles Lakers fans over the past two wretched seasons shows no sign of ending with the search for a new head coach likely to take some time.

The fabled franchise is widely believed to have a long list of potential candidates earmarked for interviews after Mike D'Antoni resigned two days ago following a woeful 27-55 record.

Among the leading contenders are Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis, George Karl and Jeff Van Gundy, as well as heavyweight college coaches Kevin Ollie of Connecticut and Kentucky's John Calipari.

The Lakers, however, are keeping their cards close to the chest.

Asked if the team had an official list of potential candidates, Lakers vice president of public relations John Black told Reuters on Friday: "No, we would not do something like that."

Scott and Rambis are both former Lakers players and have previously worked as head coaches in the NBA, Scott for 13 years and Rambis with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2009 to 2011.

Rambis, 56, would be an extremely easy fit as he has served three separate spells as an assistant coach with the Lakers, most significantly under the esteemed Phil Jackson for seven seasons.

Veteran Karl, who in December 2010 became the seventh coach ever in the NBA to record 1,000 wins, would be an interesting choice given that his son, Coby, played for the Lakers during the 2007-08 season.   Continued...

Apr 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni argues with referee Kevin Cutler (34) during the first half of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports