This left the Nets without a coach—for about 10 minutes. Per Scott Cacciola of The New York Times, that vacancy has now been filled by the very capable Lionel Hollins, who may well have been the best candidate left for the Lakers.
But the Lakers continue not to be in any hurry. They’re back to being the only game in town again, albeit with fewer available players.
Other candidates who had conversations with the Purple and Gold only to exit stage left include Derek Fisher, who joined the New York Knicks as their head coach, and Alvin Gentry, who became Steve Kerr’s associate head coach for the Golden State Warriors.
And then there were the guys who didn’t actually interview but had solid Lakers connections, such as former Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder, who was hired as the Utah Jazz’s head coach, and Los Angeles D-Fenders assistant coach Luke Walton, who is finalizing an agreement to become an assistant with Golden State, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Is anybody left?
Per Dave McMenamin for ESPN Los Angeles, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently mentioned the search during a conversation about free agency: "We may continue to interview, but we have a pretty good feel of what's available and we're comfortable that we can get a good coach, probably in the beginning of July.”
With the arrival of July, Lakers fans continue to wait and wonder.