Lakers: Doc Rivers is LA’s top pick for head coach, but is he even available? – All Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers continued their hunt for the next head coach. However, they may not be able to get one of their top picks. According to Bill Plaschke on The Doug Gottlieb Show, Doc Rivers, who is currently the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, is someone the Lakers want.
“I think the first choice is Doc Rivers. They want to bring Doc Rivers back to LA, but I think if Doc wins…this second-round series against Miami, he won’t be available.”
The 76ers may be shut out of the playoffs after losing to the Miami Heat, but that doesn’t mean Rivers isn’t yet considered a return to Philadelphia. According to General Manager Daryl Moreyduring an exit interview, there is a lot of potential in keeping Rivers in Philadelphia.
“We have a lot of things that we think we can improve on. It’s on me, it’s on Elton [Brand], it’s on Coach Rivers. We will understand this. But we feel like there’s a lot to build on.”
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If the Lakers want to hire someone who will cause real change, they have to be able to do what it takes to get the best. Morey went on and solidified the idea of River staying.
“I just think he’s a great coach and I love working with him,” Morey said of Rivers. “I think he, Elton and me are a great team, and we’ll see where this journey takes us.”
Although Doc Rivers might have been a perfect fit, it looks like he won’t be going to Los Angeles. The Lakers need to keep looking for a candidate who can bring new ideas and bring this Lakers team together, especially after this past season.
So far, the front office has interviewed Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Toronto assistant Adrian Griffin, former Warriors head coach and current broadcaster Mark Jackson, and former Blazers head coach Terry Stotts.