Lakers eyeing former Russell Westbrook coach Scott Brooks to join staff
The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t wasting any time restocking their coaching staff after the exit of now Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd. According to reports, Russell Westbrook’s former coach from the Washington Wizards and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Scott Brooks, is now on LA’s radar.
Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that Brooks has already been interviewed by the Lakers to potentially join head coach Frank Vogel’s staff:
The Lakers have interviewed former Wizards coach Scott Brooks for a potential spot on Frank Vogel's staff, league sources say.@espn reported last week that former Knicks and Grizzlies coach David Fizdale would soon join the Lakers after Jason Kidd's departure to coach Dallas.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 3, 2021
The Wizards parted ways with Brooks in June after another disappointing season with the squad. Washington was eliminated by the Philadelphia 76ers from the playoffs in the first round after amassing 34 wins in the regular season. In five years at the helm, Brooks led the Wizards to five three playoff appearances, with their trip to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2017 the farthest this squad has ventured to in the playoffs under Brooks.
As Stein also reported above, David Fizdale is also rumored to be an offseason addition for the Lakers’ coaching staff. With Jason Kidd now out of the picture, it seems that Frank Vogel is keen on adding a few big names to his staff as they look to bounce back next season.
For his part, there’s no denying that LeBron James plays a vital role for the Lakers not only on the court but behind the scenes as well. It would not be surprising if The King is part of LA’s process when it comes to coaching hires. As such, LeBron has probably already given his stamp of approval for Scott Brooks.