Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders doesn’t think the next Lakers coach will be able to turn around the franchise in their first year on the job, a reality that could make the job pressure-packed and precarious for a high profile hire. Here are more coaching rumblings from around the league:
- A source tells Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv that while Kevin Ollie‘s ongoing negotiations with UConn could double his salary, he could still be persuaded to leave his college perch for a high enough salary offer from an NBA team.
- The Thunder have interest in Ollie as a coaching candidate, if they were to fire current coach Scott Brooks, a source tells Zagoria (Twitter link).
- If Steve Kerr accepts the Knicks head coaching position, that means he’s convinced Carmelo Anthony will re-sign in New York, since keeping ‘Melo is vital in Kerr’s mind, reports Marc Berman of The New York Post. Earlier this week, president Phil Jackson told Anthony that he expects Kerr to accept the job.