Yes, we’ve reached the point in Mike D’Antoni’s Los Angeles Lakers coaching career where names are starting to pop up as potential replacements.
The first name that surfaced was Kentucky’s John Calipari before Monday night’s NCAA championship game, though both sides have since shot down the rumor.
However, USA Today’s Sam Amick shared the names of a few other candidates if the Lakers do indeed decide to part ways with D’Antoni this summer.
According to Amick, the late Dr. Jerry Buss had Byron Scott “on his short list,” though the former Laker was under contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers when the purple and gold fired Mike Brown in late 2012.
Now, though, Scott is a free agent and currently works for Time Warner Cable SportsNet as an in-studio analyst.
Could the Lakers hire Scott if they decide to go in another direction this summer? One would imagine that the three-time NBA champion would at least garner an interview from his former team.
As Amick puts it, “Scott’s name is worth remembering.”
The USA Today reporter also lists Brian Shaw, Kurt Rambis and Lionel Hollins as coaches who could be on the Lakers’ radar, too, though Shaw is currently in his first year of a three-year deal with the Denver Nuggets.