In the hours after Magic Johnson shocked the world and all levels of the Lakers organization with his departure, there was no point where the franchise would lead the next, but it was a promise of how it would go.
A statement in three, probably approved by lawyer Jeanie Buss, wished Johnson well and then offered the following: "We will work in a measure and methodically to make the right movements for the future of our organization."
It has now been a month since that day, and the Lakers are still facing dangerous uncertainty in a critical summer. It is evident that there has been no slow progress in head training interviews, but there has been slow progress, but a high-profile negotiation of negotiations with Tyronn Lue, the most obvious candidate, has put the search back and reflected poorly on the organization.
Since the Lakers are starting interviews with a second candidate round, it seems that taking a lot of time has damaged their process ̵
Air connections to the Lakers have been clear and convincing since before the position was opened. Despite only 42 Lue Cavaliers coached three straight NBA finals, and won all in 2016 with LeBron James. Coaching James has long been a high pressure, high pressure job, and only Mike Brown, Erik Spoelstra and Lue have done so with a sustainable success. As a former Laker who played under Phil Jackson and alongside Kobe Bryant, there were also franchise bands there.
The speculation snatched from the moment Lue was fired just six games in the season after falling out with the Cavaliers lead. The Lue-to-Lakers rumors were hot enough that James's old coach thought it was necessary to reach out to his new midseason and tell Luke Walton that he was not trying to take his job, according to The Athletic.
But when Walton and the Lakers separated on April 12, Lue was immediately considered by most observers, especially the other candidates with whom the Lakers grouped him. From the field, Lue was the only coach who worked directly with James, who is under contract for at least two years (the third is a player option) and the only one who has won a championship.
If Lue was the clubhouse favorite early with the Lakers, they did not show out, took a week to sit down for their first interview with Lue, since interruptions continue with sitdowns with 76's assistant Monty Williams, former coach Jason Kidd and heat assistant Juwan Howard. ESPN described Lue's first interview as "relaxed and wide", without being in great detail – as if the Lakers were constantly in the world.
With at least one candidate they did not. Monty Williams quickly came into further demand when Phoenix Suns fired Igor Kokoskov, who was partly due to the fact that they wanted to rent Williams. While hiring a fifth head coach in just four years was controversial, it was a bold move that showed Sun's desire to bring in Williams as his best choice. Eventually it paid attention when Williams agreed on a five-year deal on May 3, having gone through two interviews with the Lakers but reportedly never received an offer.
It left the Lakers with three candidates, but only an obvious choice for both success and experience: Lue. In fact, within a few hours after the sun announced its rental, reports reported that the Lakers were ready to offer an offer to Lue – not actually an offer field, but are preparing even though they were three weeks in search. Still, it seemed inevitable: Lue apparently took care of the prospect that he was standing in front of a Lakers theme birthday cake in Las Vegas for his birthday.
But when there is a serious candidate, it lessens the leverage, and not satisfied with simply getting his husband, the Lakers tried to negotiate to limit his security and control – two factors that no coach would want to have limited.
One concern that the Lakers had about Walton – the experience of their staff – was forwarded to Lue. Athletic reported that the Lakers wanted to dictate at least some of his assistants, including former head coach Jason Kidd, who competed with Lue for the job. The Lakers also limited the years in their offer: one reported $ 18 million over three years, while the timeline James is under contract.
Since Walton got a five-year deal in 2016 (with the fifth year as a team option), Lue could have interpreted that offer as a lack of conviction that the Lakers would keep him on past the James era.
Maybe the Lakers may have pressed hard for compensation. Maybe they could have pressed the staff hard. But it was difficult for both to prove to be too much for Lue, who went away Wednesday. It is easy to understand how a trainer would feel undermined by the nature of these discussions – especially the one who has already won a championship and coached the star the Lakers wanted him to train.
ESPN reported that the Lakers were unprepared that Lue could turn away which seems naive. While Lue has not been mixed with other open job searches (and one is for his replacement in Cleveland), he is still paid by Cavaliers for an unproven sum likely to be several million dollars. He has also struggled with health problems in the past related to the stress of coaching, taking a break in 2018 to change his lifestyle.
The Lakers seemed to think they were his only option. But Lue had another: Stay out of work. And if so, Lue can definitely have shown that he was his best choice.
The incorrect interpretation of leverage causes the Lakers not to start from the bottom, but close to it. Kidd and Howard are still in operation, and ESPN reported that former Indiana and Orlando coach Frank Vogel would interview Thursday as the Lakers attempt to speed up their process. The experienced coaches that Lakers interviews have a common thread: Kidd, Vogel, Mike Woodson and Lionel Hollins have all worked as head coaches at least twice before and fired from their latest jobs at least over a year ago.
It is a month and a half until the NBA draft (workout has already begun) and less than two months until July 1, the commencement of the free agency and for all the salaries that the Lakers possess, they still do not have I have no coach .
If the Lakers were in a hurry from the beginning, they may look much more stable than they do now.