Another name has emerged in the search for Luke Walton’s coaching staff.
Brian Shaw is said to be a name at the top of Walton’s short list, though there’s another candidate that could soon be making his way to Los Angeles.
J.B. Bickerstaff, the interim head coach for the Houston Rockets, could join the Lakers’ coaching staff if he doesn’t stay in Texas this summer, according to Calvin Watkins from ESPN.
Per Watkins, Bickerstaff “has a good relationship” with Walton, the newly hired head coach of the Lakers.
It looks as if Bickerstaff may be done in Houston, as Adrian Wojnarowski from The Vertical reported on Wednesday night that the 37-year-old had “informed team officials he’s no longer a candidate for the head-coaching job.”
This could possibly pave the way for Bickerstaff to join the Lakers.
Despite his age, Bickerstaff has been around the block a few times as an NBA coach. He first started his career in the league as an assistant with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004 while his father Bernie Bickerstaff was the head coach.
Bernie was also an assistant coach for the Lakers in the 2012-13 season, and led the purple and gold to a 4-1 record as the team’s interim head coach following Mike Brown’s firing.
Bickerstaff led the Rockets to a 37-34 record after Kevin McHale was fired in November.