The first-round of the playoffs are in full swing, and so is the hiring of NBA coaches.
The Lakers, meanwhile, are still talking over their future.
According to Marc Stein from ESPN, Lakers management are “deliberating” whether to keep Byron Scott as their head coach next season.
Sacramento just getting started; Lakers deliberating whether to keep Byron Scott; Knicks' focus, for now, remains Kurt Rambis & David Blatt
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 20, 2016
With Kobe Bryant retiring and the team missing the playoffs for the third straight year, this is a big summer for the Lakers. It goes without saying that they need to make some good decisions going forward.
And, seeing as their last three coaching hires haven’t gone so well, they need to ensure that the next man they pick is up to the job.
Thibodeau was likely high on the list of many Laker fans, though it’s unclear whether he actually ever considered joining the purple and gold.
For one, the Lakers still have a head coach right now. Secondly, it seems Thibs wants to be involved in basketball decisions while still taking charge of head coaching duties.
That’s not going to happen with the Lakers, and it seems Thibs may have crossed the purple and gold off his list some time ago due to this very fact, according to Eric Pincus from the L.A. Times:
My understanding is Lakers were crossed off as an option some time ago because no bball ops power available https://t.co/9FuXdxfMbT
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) April 18, 2016
However, Scott Brooks is apparently interested in the job if Scott is indeed fired, and Luke Walton may also “be in play” for the Lakers, per Frank Isola from the NY Daily News:
Luke Walton has a pretty good job now. Plus, with Steve Kerr's back issues who knows how things play out in GS. Lakers could also be in play
— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) April 18, 2016
Whatever happens, the Lakers will likely make a decision over the next week or so. Stay tuned.