During Tuesday's episode of Pardon The Interruption, Michael Wilbon addressed the rumors about Doc Rivers potentially taking over as Lakers head coach next season:
"There are people in southern California right now in that environment telling Doc he doesn't wanna do this. And one of those reasons is simply, LeBron James. He's been told by people—and I know this—LeBron doesn't want to be coached. He's never been coached by someone with that kind of personality, command, authority, acumen, intellect. He's rejected that. So Doc is being reminded of that by people."
During the March 5 episode of ESPN's First Take, Stephen A. Smith said Rivers could be among the list of potential head-coaching candidates the Lakers pursue this summer.
Luke Walton is currently the Lakers head coach, but it's expected he won't last long after this season ends.
ESPN's Jackie MacMullan reported on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast in January (CBS Sports' Chris Bengel) that James' camp would prefer the Lakers make a coaching change.
James has earned a reputation over the course of his career as a "coach killer" because of his apparent influence on every team he's played for. The four-time NBA MVP has played for seven different coaches in his 16 seasons.
Mike Brown and Erik Spoelstra are the only coaches James has played for who lasted at least three full seasons.
The Lakers will enter this summer trying to improve a roster around James that has led them to a 31-39 record with 12 games left to play.