Coach candidate Terry Stotts not interested in senior assistant job

While there are reports that the Los Angeles Lakers are still eyeing more, the general belief is that the three finalists for the head coach’s opener are Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts.

Of the three, the one with the most experience as a head coach is Stotts, who has spent the past nine seasons in Portland as well as previous stints in Milwaukee and Atlanta.

Known for being a great attacking mind, Stotts would also be the perfect candidate for a less experienced coach. Those entering their first head coaching position tend to hire an assistant who has a lot to help them and for someone like Ham, who has never been a head coach, a guy like Stotts next to would be perfect for him.

However, that’s apparently not what Stotts is looking for because according to Dan Woike and Broderick Turner of the LA Times, Stotts isn’t interested in being a lead assistant:

Considered an excellent X and O coach on offense. Led Portland to the Western Conference Finals. Easy going and experienced, would be a perfect fit. While he’s suitable for anyone else the Lakers might hire, sources say he doesn’t want a senior assistant position.

While some coaches are willing to take a step back and be an assistant until they land their next head coaching job, others would rather not go that route and that seems to be the case with Stotts right now. moment. Although he’s back to being an assistant after his stints in Milwaukee and Atlanta, he’s apparently determined to become a head coach right now.

His time in Portland was a bit mixed overall. Although he led the Trail Blazers to the playoffs in eight straight seasons, he only escaped the first round on three of those trips, leading some to wonder if he’s capable of making it. pass a team over the hump.

If the Lakers think Stotts can do it, he just might be the team’s next coach. But otherwise, it looks like Stotts is set to take a second straight season away from the league.

Magic Johnson thinks the Lakers should hire a former player as the next head coach

If it’s up to Lakers legend Magic Johnson, the Lakers will go the route that many league teams are going and hire a former player as their next head coach, who would lean towards Ham over Stotts or Atkinson.

In a recent interview, Johnson spoke about the trend of former players thriving as coaches right now with Jason Kidd, Steve Kerr and Ime Udoka all in the conference finals while others such as Willie Green, Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams are doing well. jobs too.

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