“ESPN.com” is reporting that according to their sources the Los Angeles Lakers are looking at two candidates from outside the organization as replacements for long time head coach Phil Jackson. According to the website the Lakers have interest in former Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman as well as former Los Angeles Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy. Although no official word has come from Jackson he has intimated all season long that he would retire at the end of the current campaign. The Lakers were eliminated from the Playoffs earlier this week as they were swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round.
Adelman spent this past season as the bench boss of the Houston Rockets but was dismissed at the end of the regular season when the team failed to make the Post Season. Dunleavy spent this season on the sidelines after getting fired by the Clippers before the end of last season. He had been with the Lakers earlier in his career as head coach losing to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals in 1991.
Current Los Angeles assistant coach Brian Shaw had been thought of as the front-runner to replace Jackson as the club’s head coach but there has been talk that the Lakers may be reticent to replace Jackson with someone who lacks head coaching experience. Earlier this week the team granted the Rockets permission to interview Shaw for their vacant slot as the team’s head coach.