Two weeks after their disappointing second round exit to the Dallas Mavericks, the Lakers have formally started their search for a head coach.
According to the LA Times, the Lakers have officially contacted Rick Adelman to express their interest in the former NBA coach.
The three decision-makers for the Lakers’ coaching search – owner Jerry Buss and executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak – continued the gradual momentum from their meeting Tuesday in which they drew up an official list.
The Lakers aren’t in a huge rush. Interviews with candidates could begin next week, though they might not happen until the first week of June.
Adelman has had great success his 20 years in the NBA with a regular season record of 945-616 with the Trail Blazers, Warriors, Kings and Rockets. In his two stints with the Trailblazers and the Kings, postseason failures to Phil Jackson’s Bulls and Lakers were the only roadblocks in his way with potential title teams.
Adelman’s Rockets took the Lakers to seven games in the second round of the 2009 NBA playoffs, where the Lakers would go on to win their 15th title.
The Lakers, according to the LA Times, will not consider offering draft picks to teams in order to interview current coaches around the league. This means that former Laker and current Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott will not be looked at for the position.