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The Los Angeles Lakers «are interested in ESPN’s top analyst in their search for a new head coach» … even though he has NO prior experience!


The Los Angeles Lakers were intrigued by the idea of ​​hiring former NBA guard and ESPN analyst JJ Redick to fill their head coaching vacancy despite his lack of coaching experience.

After being eliminated in the first round by the Denver Nuggets in a gentleman’s sweep, the Lakers parted ways with former coach Darvin Ham, leaving them searching for candidates to lead the board next season.

On Saturday, ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said his colleague has caught the attention of the Lakers’ front office as their search continues.

“Rob Pelinka (and) the Lakers front office — they’re going to be in Chicago for the league draft,” Wojnarowski said on NBA Countdown. “You expect them to start asking permission to talk to coaches around the league, assistants.

«But one name the Lakers were drilling on in their initial research here: JJ Redick, our colleague at ESPN,» Wojnarowski continued. «He’s definitely someone who caught the eye of the Lakers. They called many times to try to find out more about him. But expect it to be an extensive and long search.”

Los Angeles is interested in the candidacy of JJ Redick to fill their head coaching opening

The Lakers were recently eliminated in the first round after losing to Denver in five games

The Lakers were recently eliminated in the first round after losing to Denver in five games

Coach Darvin Ham was fired after the Nuggets fell for the second straight year

Coach Darvin Ham was fired after the Nuggets fell for the second straight year

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Aside from having no coaching experience, Redick isn’t too far removed from his playing days.

Before retiring three years ago, Redick began his 15-year NBA career with the Magic after being drafted out of Duke with the 11th overall pick in 2006.

After seven years in Orlando, the sharpshooter had stints with the Clippers, 76ers and Pelicans before calling it a career with the Mavericks — where he played one season. Redick was a Top-20 MVP candidate in 2010 and Sixth Man of the Year in 2011 and 2013.

During his career, Redick averaged 12.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting.

After 15 seasons in the NBA, Reddick called it a career in 2021 and went into the world of media

After 15 seasons in the NBA, Reddick called it a career in 2021 and went into the world of media

Redick's possible hire comes after he and James started their Mind the Game podcast

Redick’s possible hire comes after he and James started their Mind the Game podcast

After retirement, Redick showed much of his basketball IQ as an ESPN analyst. He’s also dabbled in podcasting, which includes his new Mind The Game podcast with Lakers star LeBron James.

Ham was dismissed after two seasons at the helm. The purple and gold have struggled to find a long-term coach, as none have lasted more than three seasons since Phil Jackson held the position from 1999-2011 and brought two titles to the City of Angels.

In addition to Redick, the Lakers are reportedly considering Kenny Atkinson, David Adelman, James Borrego and Micah Nori for the job.



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