The interest in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ assistant coach Steve Clifford is heating up. He has met with the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats in recent weeks to interview for their head coaching position, and now the Phoenix Suns are getting in on the action, according to Mark Medina:
[pullquote]The Phoenix Suns recently asked and received permission from the Lakers to talk with assistant coach Steve Clifford about their vacant head-coaching position, according to Lakers spokesman John Black.
According to league sources, Clifford also interviewed with the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday and with the Milwaukee Bucks last Monday for their respective head-coaching spots. No offers were made and no follow-up interviews have been immediately scheduled.[/pullquote]
It was also reported today that the Lakers’ player development coach Phil Handy will be leaving the team to join Mike Brown in Cleveland as an assistant. The Lakers had planned to hang onto Handy, but the lure of a higher-ranking job with the Cavs was seemingly too much for him to turn down.
Bernie Bickerstaff and Chuck Person were let go by Mike D’Antoni earlier this month, paving the way for a shake-up on the sidelines next season.