Apr 1, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; The NBA game ball on the court during the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Trail Blazers won 124-112. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Mitch Kupchak, Lakers hope to have coach before NBA Draft

In a rare television interview appearance, Mitch Kupchak was interviewed on Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles one day after a conference call with reporters. Kupchak’s biggest revelation was the timetable for a new head coach, specifically that they intended to have a coach hired by the NBA Draft on June 26th.



This offers more clarity to a situation that Kupchak did not specifically address. Kupchak admitted that their coaching search had begun, but did not offer a specific timetable other than a coach would not be hired within the next two to three weeks.
Multiple head coaches have been linked with the Lakers. Byron Scott is the most recent person linked to the Lakers head coaching search, and is likely the fan favorite. Mike Dunleavy Sr. has also been interviewed by Kupchak as a potential replacement.


The Lakers draft fortunes will certainly have an effect on the coaching search. With the 7th pick in a fully loaded draft class, the Lakers will have a young stud player to build around. Furthermore, their large salary cap space offers a chance to shape a roster suitable to the new coach’s play style.


Who would you like to see as Lakers head coach? Byron Scott? Mike Dunleavy? Jeff Van Gundy? Let us know below!!!

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  • p.rob.

    B.Scott..lets get back to Laker foundation.some1 that knows what Laker championship basketball is all about…NO MORE COACHES NAME MIKE PLEASE!

    • wangkon936

      You sure about that? Byron Scott runs the Princeton Offense, the same offence that Mike Brown tried to use in 2012 and make the Lakers look like a bunch of confused two left footed retards out there on the floor.

      • J Taylor

        If your words are correct… then I don’t want Byron Scott.
        Also, making statements about “Kobe has to change” is (already) the wrong media move.

  • J Taylor

    Being patient is good… but waiting too long looks like a bunch of rich kids who can’t make a decision.
    If the team waits to long many of the top coaching talents will be gone, and the team will be stuck with a 2nd tier retread. That’s not a splash.
    Couple a retread, with a quiet draft, slow free agency, and the team is looking at 40 wins (at best) and another missed playoffs.
    I don’t know the internal drama, but the team needs to start being more aggressive and proactive or they will start to look like a corporation without a leader.

  • norm

    WHERE IS GEORGE CARL? Why cant the Lakers go after a coach with a WINNING history?