The Los Angeles Lakers‘ list of potential head coaches may have just become shorter, as Kevin Love has reportedly stated it would be difficult to sign in Los Angeles if Kurt Rambis were coaching. Rambis has been rumored to be a serious candidate for the vacancy, but if the Lakers decide to go the Love route, you can basically eliminate his name completely.
So, why Rambis? Well, he and Love have a rough history together as Rambis was the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves when the team failed to reach 20 wins two years in a row. To add fuel to the fire, during each of those seasons Love was an absolute beast averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds per game in 2009-2010 season and a remarkable 20 points and 15 rebounds per game in the 2010-2011 season. Love was rightfully upset at the fact that his tremendous seasons went to waste and I can’t blame him for not wanting to walk down that path again.
Further, if Los Angeles believes they have a true shot at Kevin Love in the summer of 2015, Mitch Kupchak must go out of his way to hire a coach he believes would fulfill Love’s desires. The Lakers cannot afford to balk at the opportunity to land such an elite free agent, and hiring the perfect coach is a step in the right direction. Perhaps a more seasoned, experienced coach would be a better fit for a young superstar like Love, such as Jeff Van Gundy or even Byron Scott. Both coaches have proven to be leaders, especially Van Gundy who is an extremely well-liked media personnel at the moment. Scott is a crowd favorite among Lakers fans since he actually played a vital role for the team years ago.
Whomever Los Angeles chooses, he must be a true leader whom players respect as well as look up to.