20 July 2024

For the third time in five years, the Los Angeles Lakers are on the hunt for a new head coach.

The 17-time NBA champions parted ways with Darvin Ham last Friday, igniting a search that promises to be both challenging and critical for the storied franchise.

With the coaching landscape offering limited options this time around, the Lakers must navigate carefully to find the right leader to steer the team back to championship contention before their window closes.

Five years ago, after the team fired former head coach Luke Walton, the Lakers were on the precipice of hiring former NBA championship-winning head coach Ty Lue. Lue’s championship pedigree, familiarity with LeBron James, and the Lakers organization as a player made him an ideal candidate for the job.

However, current general manager Rob Pelinka only offered Lue a three-year contract, and forced assistant coach Jason Kidd upon him. Lue turned down the job after the two sides were unable to come to an agreement. Lue moved on to the Clippers and the Lakers hired Frank Vogel.

 

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