Well, perhaps the fans’ favorite candidate (Derek Fisher) to fill the Los Angeles Lakers‘ head coaching vacancy has reportedly been crossed off of the list. Fisher has been believed to be one of the top candidates for the job as he is extremely familiar with both the franchise and Kobe Bryant. However, according to the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have decided Fisher is not suitable to fill the vacancy due to his lack of coaching experience.
During Fisher played a key role for the team capturing five NBA championships throughout his career. Although his career statistics do not jump out at you on paper, his mere presence and leadership value on and off the court was invaluable. Additionally, Fisher has come up in the clutch on a multitude of occasions including his famous buzzer beating shot with .4 seconds remaining on the clock verses the San Antonio Spurs in 2004.
Due to his tremendous play and leadership, Fisher landed a spot on the Oklahoma City Thunder roster to finish out his career alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. His mentorship has surely meant a ton to Oklahoma City’s young roster, but unfortunately Fisher’s illustrious career has come to an end with an exit in the Western Conference Finals.
Furthermore, the Lakers will likely trim the list of candidates more extensively over the next few weeks. Ideally, Mitch Kupchak would prefer to have a head coach in place by the NBA Draft on June 26, leaving three weeks to bring the process to a close. Currently, Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins are believed to be atop the list, but that is certainly subject to change.