Reports surfaced that Kenny Atkinson, Terry Stotts, and Darvin Ham are among those considered as candidates for the next L.A.Lakers head coach position. Ex-player Kevin Garnett, who knows a thing or two about winning a championship, laughs at the shortlist.
“They not serious about trying to better the situation”
KG couldn’t help but comment on the current Lakers’ coaching search. Names have been floating around in recent weeks, but recent reports revealed former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Kenny Atkinson and Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham as those closely considered for the job. Garnett, who won a title with the Boston Celtics, mocked the Lakers for their choices.
“Man are the Lakers serious? They not serious about trying to better the situation with that list of coaches... FOH, they serious? Nah they not serious! They serious."
Fans also share Kevin’s sentiments. The Lakers need someone already proven who already won at the highest level. Stotts had a good run in Portland, but he never made the Finals in his time there. Meanwhile, Atkinson’s coaching record is 131 - 198, not encouraging numbers for the fans of Purple and Gold. Among the three, Ham has allegedly the best chance to make it. He was the only former player among the choices, and he runs a no-nonsense approach and communicates well with the players. However, in the shortlist, Devin appears to be the only one who has no experience being a head coach. Is KG secretly vouching for someone he knows too well?
Doc Rivers is still in the mix
Doc Rivers is the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. The team failed to make the finals, and Lakers fans hoped the front office could lure him out of Philly. Is Garnett vouching for his former coach who he won a title with? He might be. Rivers as the L.A. Lakers head coach may not be a bad idea.
He won a championship, and his teams have made it to the Finals. Rivers has 1,000 wins as a head coach, which is good for the 10th sport on the all-time list. More importantly, he has experience handling superstars and their egos. Can he make it work in L.A.? If the Lakers are serious about turning things around next year, it all starts with hiring the best coach to lead the team. Right now, the list seems uninspiring, which triggers the fans and the likes of KG to comment sarcastically on it.