The Lakers have identified Kurt Rambis, Alvin Gentry and Byron Scott as the primary candidates in their search for a head coach, sources tell Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. Scott had his second interview with the club on Tuesday, though it appears the Lakers aren’t quite ready to rule out other candidates, since they apparently have reached out to representatives of Nate McMillan. The Lakers have interviewed Mike Dunleavy and Lionel Hollins in addition to Rambis, Gentry and Scott.
Another Tuesday report indicated that the Knicks received permission from the Lakers to interview Rambis, an assistant coach with the purple-and-gold. There’s also dispute over whether Rambis’ discussion with the Lakers about the head coaching vacancy constituted an interview, though given the long history Rambis has with the Lakers organization, it seems like a formal interview wouldn’t be necessary.
Gentry, currently a Clippers assistant, is set for a second interview with the Cavs, the only other NBA team still without a head coach. Scott is apparently the only candidate to get a second interview with the Lakers so far as the team takes a slow approach to its search. Mike D’Antoni resigned April 30th, so the position has remained open for nearly a month and a half.