Add another name to the very short list of candidates to replace Phil Jackson as the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. According to ESPN LA, Dunleavy was contacted by the team this week and is said to be on the team’s current “short list” to succeed Jackson, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Dunleavy last manned the sidelines as the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers from 2003-10.
There is a bit of history between Dunleavy and the Lakers. Dunleavy replaced Pat Riley as the head coach of the Lakers before the 1990-91 season, a year in which he led the team to an NBA Finals appearance against the Chicago Bulls. Dunleavy has maintained a solid relationship with Dr. Jerry Buss over the years, and is considered by many to be one of the frontrunners to succeed Phil Jackson.
In his 17 year head coaching career, Dunleavy has a record of 613-716 (.461), having made head coaching stops in LA with both the Lakers and Clippers, as well as with the Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trailblazers.