You thought the Lakers’ list of coaching candidates was long? Well, it just got longer.
According to Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne from ESPN, the Lakers have already interviewed George Karl and are now discussing the possibility of reaching out to Larry Brown and Scott Skiles.
Karl’s name first came up weeks ago, and seeing as he was roommates at North Carolina with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, it’s not all that surprising to hear that the team reached out to the 63-year-old while they search for their next head coach.
However, Brown and Skiles are two names that haven’t been linked to the team’s coaching vacancy up until this point.
Brown, who lead the Detroit Pistons to a championship in 2004 as they defeated the Lakers in five games, is currently coaching in the college ranks with Southern Methodist University, while Skiles is a free agent after parting ways with the Milwaukee Bucks at the beginning of 2013.
At 73 years of age, Brown may not be an ideal candidate for the Lakers, especially as they’re currently in the middle of a rebuilding phase.
The purple and gold need to try and hire someone who will be around for the long run this time, and someone like Brown – and Karl, too, for that matter – probably doesn’t fit the bill at this point.
Skiles, meanwhile, is only 50-years-old and has a 443-433 head coaching record in the NBA, so he’s probably more of a realistic target.
Still, the Lakers have made a point to cast a wide net during their current coaching search, and have time on their side, it makes sense to reach out to as many eligible candidates as possible over the next few weeks before making a final decision.