It must be fun being a Los Angeles Lakers fan.
The Los Angeles are one of two teams that still have not hired a head coach after last month’s string of coaching firings. And it does’t appear like they’re going to act on that any time soon. At least not until they get through the highly anticipated free agency period, which starts in July.
Per USA Today, the Lakers are going to hold off on hiring a head coach until they make it through July. You know, just in case they manage to sign LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony.
The slow pace of the Lakers’ coaching search that began April 30 when Mike D’Antoni resigned has been timed deliberately with the upcoming free agency period in the NBA, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Specifically, the idea that the Lakers could beat the odds and land the likes of the Heat’s LeBron James, the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony or any of the other superstars who may be free agents on July 1 has led the Lakers to plod through their process so as to not limit their potential options. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search.
As the Lakers see it, it’s not a necessity to have a coach in time for the June 26 draft, in which they’ll pick seventh overall. And while they’re not willing to let a star player pick the coach, keeping the vacancy open would allow any possible players who sign with them to offer some input into the process.
I’m not sure what kind of shot the Lakers have at hiring any top free agent this summer, but just imaging LeBron James and Kobe Bryant on the same team gets me all kinds of excited.
Plus, there’s the whole part where all the Kobe fans eat their words on LeBron. That would be all the fun.