What are the chances of John Calipari, Kevin Ollie or Tom Thibodeau becoming the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?
According to Las Vegas, they’re pretty good.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman said in a tweet today that Vegas are giving 4-to-1 odds on Calipari, Ollie or Thibodeau becoming the Lakers’ next head coach.
Calipari pretty much took himself out of the running for the Lakers’ coaching position by making a statement on his Twitter page shortly after Mike D’Antoni resigned on Wednesday evening.
“Before it starts, I’m totally committed to helping this group of young men reach their dreams,” Coach Cal wrote. “I wouldn’t & couldn’t leave this group!”
The Lakers are said to have interest in Thibodeau, though he’s currently under contract with the Chicago Bulls and it’s unclear whether they’d even allow Thibs to talk to the purple and gold about becoming the team’s next head coach.
Even if the Lakers were allowed to talk to Thibodeau and he wanted to leave the Windy City for Hollywood, the Bulls would likely want some kind of compensation in exchange for their prized coach, and it’s unclear whether the purple and gold would be able to provide that at this point in time.
Ollie, however, could be interested in making the leap to the NBA if the right situation comes along, and he’d likely be willing to listen to what the Lakers have to say. The 41-year-old is happy at UConn, though, so it would still be surprising to see him leave after his short but successful tenure with the Huskies.