Terry Stotts, two others get second interview with Lakers manager
Milwaukee assistant Darvin Ham, former Brooklyn manager and current Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson, and former Portland manager Terry Stotts have moved on to the next stage of interviews, people familiar with the situation confirmed to the Times. Ham, Atkinson, and Stotts are all considered candidates for Charlotte’s vacancy.
All three coaches have different backgrounds and perceived strengths as the Lakers seek out a new leader after a disastrous season 2021-22.
Ham, a former role player, has never led a team from the big bench seat, but has built a reputation for himself as one of the best assistants. He is known for his ability to connect with players and hold them accountable after his time with Milwaukee, Atlanta and, for two seasons, the Lakers.
Atkinson is regarded as one of the best coaches in development, a reputation bolstered by a time with the Nets when the team was seen as a superhero. He also worked with Mike Budenholzer in Atlanta with Ham. Atkinson spent last season with the Clippers before joining manager Steve Kerr with the Warriors.
Stotts had a successful stint with the Trail Blazers, making it to the Western Conference Finals once and the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons. However, they lost five times in the first round. Stotts, however, is considered a strong offensive tactician with over 1,000 games of coaching experience.
At the end-of-season press conference following Vogel’s sacking, general manager Rob Pelinka said the Lakers would ideally have a coach for the NBA draft, which is June 23.