LeBron James Not Involved in Lakers Coach Search

LeBron James

LeBron James will not help choose the new head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. Many people thought that LeBron would have a big say in this choice. But a report says this is not true.

Shams Charania from The Athletic said on FanDuel TV’s “Run It Back” that LeBron made it clear the choice is up to the team. He said LeBron has not talked to the Lakers about JJ Redick being the head coach. Even though LeBron and Redick do a podcast together, it does not mean LeBron wants him as the coach.

LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, also said that LeBron and Redick doing a podcast together does not mean LeBron wants Redick as the Lakers’ head coach.

LeBron has a player option for the 2024-25 season and plans to play for only two or three more seasons. This means the next coach for the Lakers should stay longer than LeBron will play. So, Anthony Davis might care more about who the new coach will be. Davis has a contract for two more seasons and an option for the 2027-28 season.

The other top choices for the coach job are LeBron James Borrego and Sam Cassell

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The other top choices for the coach job are LeBron James Borrego and Sam Cassell. Borrego is an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets. He has been a head coach before with the Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Hornets. Borrego knows Davis from working with him when he was an assistant coach with the Pelicans from 2010 to 2012.

Cassell has not been a head coach yet. He has been an assistant coach for 16 years after playing in the NBA for 15 years. Right now, he works with Joe Mazzulla’s staff at the Boston Celtics.

Many people find it hard to believe that LeBron is not helping choose the next coach. But Charania said that past coaching choices and trades show that LeBron might not have as much control over these decisions as some people think. Rob Pelinka, the general manager, and the rest of the team’s front office might have more say than people believe.

In summary, LeBron James is not part of the search for the next head coach of the Lakers. The choice is in the hands of the team. This news might surprise some, but it shows that the team’s decisions are not always influenced by LeBron.

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