(UPDATE 7:32 pm PST) Per multiple NBA sources, the Lakers are in serious discussions with Mike Brown about becoming the Lakers new head coach.
According to Yahoo Sports Marc Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski, there could be an agreement in place within the next 24 hours.
Thus far, the Lakers pre-mature off-season, hasn’t been much of an off-season at all. In the midst of some historically absurd whining from the Captain and the expected influx of Dwight Howard to L.A. rumors, somehow the Lakers front office has managed to address their biggest off-season priority:
Hiring a new coach.
According to the L.A. Times, Lakers owner Jerry Buss told Playboy Radio this afternoon that the organization is “very close” to concluding their search.
In response to several reports that Lakers veterans Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher have heavily endorsed Brian Shaw’s candidacy, Buss said:
“Obviously, we have to select somebody who has a reputation that players would be happy with, but to ask a direct player to select a particular coach, that’s general manager territory. That’s out of the player domain.”
Be it Shaw, Adelman or someone else (I personally refuse to include Brown and Dunleavy in this group), Dr. Buss seemed to indicate that we will know sooner, rather than later:
“I don’t know exactly when but a week is a long time.”
Considering it took the Mavericks less than that to eliminate the Lakers, yes it is…