Could Derek Fisher return to Los Angeles next season as the Lakers’ head coach? It seems to be a real possibility.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo Sports, it’s “very likely” that Fisher will be interviewed by the Lakers, though it seems more likely that a veteran coach will land the job seeing as the team’s management is “increasingly leaning toward the hiring of a candidate with experience.”
The purple and gold have already interviewed Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Byron Scott, two men who have coached in the Association for a combined 30 years, though the Lakers’ list is said to feature candidates of varying levels of experience.
One name who the Lakers can cross off their list is UConn’s Kevin Ollie who signed a new five-year deal with the university earlier this week.
However, with the Lakers seemingly now narrowing their search to more experienced candidates only, Wojnarowski also notes that it’s “becoming clearer [Fisher’s] best chance of coaching in the NBA next season will be under Jackson with the Knicks.”
Fisher played with the Lakers for a total of 13 seasons and won five championships during his tenure with the purple and gold.