JJ Redick, James Borrego Likely Finalists For Lakers Coaching Gig

Not surprisingly, JJ Redick is said to be a finalist for the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching vacancy. Same goes for James Borrego.JJ Redick, NBA, ESPN, Lakers

And those two may be the final ones fighting for the job, per Shams Charania of The Athletic, via the Pat McAfee Show.

But if that’s the case — and Redick and Borrego are the only ones left standing — it will probably be a ways down the road. The Lakers are at least hoping to give the illusion of a thorough search.

“The Lakers are starting to bring in candidates for longer, in-depth interviews,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on NBA Today. “They had a series of kind of get-to-know-you interviews with people they didn’t know as well.”

Wojnarowski then brought up the name of Borrego. 

“He’s a very serious candidate in this Lakers search, but they’re going to bring in more,” Wojnarowski said. “Over the next few weeks I think you’re gonna see more candidates come back in (as the Lakers) dig a little deeper.

“They’re nowhere close on this one.”

Miami Heat assistant Chris Quinn, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Micah Nori, Dallas Mavericks assistant Sean Sweeney and Denver Nuggets assistant David Adelman are among the many others linked to the job.

The Lakers went 47-35 this past season, losing to the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs in five games.

They then fired Darvin Ham after two seasons. Ham went 90-74 in the regular season and 9-12 in the playoffs.

According to Charania and Jovan Buha, the Lakers are “infatuated” with Redick’s potential, viewing the former guard as a Pat Riley-like coaching prospect.

“Leaguewide, Redick — a former player and media analyst — has garnered buzz for the position,” Buha and Charania wrote. “The Lakers are infatuated with Redick’s potential, according to league sources, viewing him as a Pat Riley-like coaching prospect who could both help the franchise in the short term and lead it for years. Riley, a nine-year NBA veteran as a player, was a broadcaster for the Lakers from 1977 to 1979 before making the leap to assistant coach in 1979 and then eventually head coach in 1981.”

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