Skip navigation
Favorites
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Report: Terry Stotts, Darvin Ham, Kenny Atkinson finalists for Lakers coach

LeBron James and Terry Stotts at Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 29: Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shake hands following Portland’s series loss in Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 29, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 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. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Getty Images

The Lakers have sky-high expectations and want their next coach to have a plan for using Russell Westbrook.

They also have LeBron James, Anthony Davis and therefore at least a championship chance.

Los Angeles’ next coach might be set up to fail. But he could also wildly succeed.

Who’ll get the job?

Apparently Terry Stotts, Darvin Ham or Kenny Atkinson.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Stotts is the safest pick. He won 56% of his games in nine years as Trail Blazers coach. His offenses combine making the simple plays with more-complex actions. Defense would be an issue, but Portland’s defensive problems were mostly a product of the roster.

Ham is the unestablished candidate. A longtime Mike Budenholzer assistant with the Hawks and Bucks, Ham has earned a reputation for connecting with and motivating people and having a sharp basketball acumen. But does a team overeager to win with LeBron James and Anthony Davis want to entrust a first-time head coach?

Atkinson would be the most intriguing choice. After he impressed as a young-talent developer, the Nets fired him because they believed he wasn’t the right coach to guide a championship-contending team. The Lakers making the opposite assessment would be, if nothing else, compelling.