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Lakers interview Mike Dunleavy, Byron Scott for head coach

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Mike Dunleavy Sr. met with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on Wednesday morning to discuss the Lakers’ open head coaching position, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports the Lakers have also talked to Byron Scott about the job.

The Lakers are starting to ramp up their head coaching search now that the NBA Draft lottery has concluded. Los Angeles was awarded the No. 7 pick in the upcoming draft. SB Nation

How much would money would it take for you to accept the position of lame duck head coach? 3 million per year? 5 million per year? That’s what any potential candidate has to ask themselves before bothering to take the job. Mike D’Antoni was coaching an injured roster with no hope for the playoffs, and fans still shredded him for not being successful.

The situation is even more hopeless this year with an older Kobe Bryant coming off two different season ending injuries. The Lakers only two other players are currently under contract: Robert Sacre and Steve Nash. In other words, the incoming coach is expected to spend one year toiling in basketball quicksand, and pray that one of the marquee 2015 free agents will pull them out. That’s similar to what D’Antoni was asked to do on arrival and look at how he is judged in basketball circles now.

I judge no one who gives it a shot, but I would steer clear of this situation. – AL

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