REPORTS: Veteran NBA Coach Who’s “Intrigued” With Coaching Russell Westbrook Linked to LeBron James’ Lakers

Published 05/26/2022, 12:00 PM EDT
Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) with guard Russell Westbrook prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers interviewed former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts on Tuesday for the Lakers’ head coaching job. The veteran coach is reportedly ‘intrigued’ to coach Russell Westbrook and is looking forward to making him a more effective player.

After a disappointing 2021-22 season, the Los Angeles Lakers fired coach Frank Vogel a few months ago. Since then, the Lakers’ front office have been looking for a competent candidate that can repeat Vogel’s 2020 feat.

The Lakers team had reportedly shortlisted three candidates for the job, including Stotts. The other two candidates are Milwaukee Bucks’ assistant Darvin Ham and Kenny Atkinson of the Golden State Warriors.

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But they are yet to confirm anyone for the position.

Terry Stotts is looking forward to coaching Russell Westbrook

Terry Stotts wants to coach Russell Westbrook. He intends to make him a more lethal weapon, both on the offensive and the defensive end.

Stotts has the experience of coaching a transcendent superstar. He took Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers to the Western Conference finals in the 2018-2019 season.

However, coaching the Lakers will not be an easy task. Handling three veteran MVP caliber superstars is not the same as handling one superstar, who is the centerpiece of the team.

Especially, if one of the superstars is LeBron James.

LeBron James and his Lakers’ future in the league

This season, the Lakers failed to qualify even for the play-in tournament, finishing 11th in the West with a record of 33-49. With five potential Hall-of-Famers and three MVP caliber players in the team, the Lakers’ performance this season was underwhelming, to say the least.

The head coaching job for the Lakers has always been a dream job for any pro coach in basketball. But candidates started to re-evaluate the position after Michigan Wolverines’ coach Juwan Howard refused the position.

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The thought of managing a group of ageing, injury-prone superstars with exorbitant salaries and no chemistry together didn’t attract many coaches. To add insult to injury, there is that extra pressure from fans and the media to produce results from day one.

Stotts, if selected, faces an uphill task to solve all these puzzles. Besides, with no championship experience, it will be difficult for him to navigate this team to a championship.

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Satagni Sikder

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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.

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