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Report: Lakers will pursue Tom Thibodeau

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 2: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers greets Tom Thibodeau of the Boston Celtics after practice in preparation for Game One of the NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 2, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Kobe Bryant clearly put out word last summer that he wished the Lakers could hire Tom Thibodeau.

The Lakers reportedly sought permission from to interview Thibodeau, but they hired Byron Scott.

Jordan Shultz of Huffington Post:

Scott got on his players nerves (and vice versa), professed his disbelief in analytics and oversaw an exceptionally lousy defense.

The Lakers absolutely should look into upgrading to Thibodeau.

And they might.

But keep in mind how many people have incentive to leak this story – whether or not it’s true:

Get past that, and this at least makes some sense.