The Los Angeles Lakers coaching search is underway as the team looks to replace Luke Walton, who was fired after three seasons with the team.
The Lakers have met with both Ty Lue and Monty Williams, and according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin, and the team wants to meet with both for a second time.
Ty Lue, who coached LeBron James to the 2016 NBA Championship, would be a natural fit with the team given his previous ties with the Lakers as a former player.
Lue understands the Los Angeles market, and more importantly he has the respect of LeBron James.
Meanwhile, Monty Williams has the experience of leading the New Orleans Pelicans previously to the playoffs and has a coached a superstar in Anthony Davis.
Both of those of candidates represent two distinct futures for the Lakers.
Lue representing the present, having coached James as the Lakers may be looking to maximize the next few years with James with a coach he already knows and respects.
Williams on the other hand represents a Lakers future that looks to build beyond James and could provide the franchise stability once James leaves the organization.
Williams could continue to develop the young talent in Los Angeles, while still forging a relationship with James as his head coach.
Although the Lakers will take second meetings with Lue and Williams general manager Rob Pelinka, who is heading up the team’s coaching search, will also meet with Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard about the Lakers coaching vacancy.
After missing the playoffs in LeBron James first season, the Lakers look to bring in a coach that can maximize their present while also leading their future to return the franchise to glory.
Times are very interesting in Tinsel Town these days as the Lakers look to bounce back from a disappointing season.