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FSM Breaking News: Lakers Hire JJ Redick As Next Head Coach

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The Lakers made it official on Thursday when they hired former Duke Blue Devil JJ Redick as their new head coach. Redick will now lead the Purple and Gold into the future. 

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers have hired JJ Redick as their next head coach. per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The news was broken early Thursday afternoon by Wojnarowski, who dropped the Woj-Bomb.

Redick, an ESPN NBA analyst who played 15 years in the league, met with Lakers vice president and general manager Rob Pelinka and owner Jeanie Buss over the weekend, and conversations on the vacancy continued throughout the week per Wojnarowski.

Pelinka offered Redick the job Thursday morning and the former Duke Blue Devil accepted the position.

Despite their interest in Redick, the Lakers made a run at UConn head coach Dan Hurley, although they were ultimately unsuccessful. They offered a six-year, $70 million contract to Hurley, which wasn’t enough to get him to move west.

After failing to land Hurley, the Lakers shifted their focus back to Redick, who reportedly understood and accepted that the Lakers’ top choice wasn’t him. He still went forth with the interview process and continued to impress the Lakers brass along the way.

Redick’s relationship with LeBron James and known basketball IQ were known positives for the Lakers and it appears they have pegged him as their next head coach, according to Wojnarowski.

Redick has never coached at any level so this is an obvious gamble for the Lakers, who are now on their seventh full-time head coach since Phil Jackson retired in 2011.

The hope is that Redick will have a similar impact to when Pat Riley took over in the 1980s, using his bright basketball mind, competitiveness, and media savvy to transform the Lakers back into championship contenders.

As Pelinka sought with Hurley, he still wants a teaching coach and staff who will prioritize the development of young players such as Max ChristieAustin Reaves, and Rui Hachimura and can design a creative approach to featuring Anthony Davis on both ends of the floor, sources told Woj.

 

Now that Redick is hired, who mights be targets to be on his staff?

 

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Redick has wasted no time trying to put his staff together. Former Laker Rajon Rondo and former NBA Coach of the Year Scott Brooks have already emerged as potential targets to join his staff.

The Lakers will likely look to surround Redick with a lot of experience on his staff. Brooks is a former head coach of both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards, making him a prime candidate to join a staff with Redick given his lack of coaching experience.

Rondo has never coached but of course was known as a high IQ player during his career and is obviously close with James and Anthony Davis.

The Lakers present a tall task as L.A. needs to win right away and cannot afford to waste time trying to get Redick acclimated.

Former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher thinks Redick’s time at ESPN and doing a podcast with James will help him.

JJ has been out of the game for a few years and had an opportunity to be around guys in other settings,” Fisher said. “Like, he has a podcast with LeBron. That didn’t necessarily exist when I was making that transition. But it’s a good example of how different that is for even a guy that may not have previous experience coaching. It’s really the relationships with players that drive your success to a large degree anyway. So, if you’re in a position where you have that to lean on, it does help cushion the experience part. That’s something that the collection of individuals on the staff can help offset the lack of coaching experience.

So Lakers fans can hope that his experience in media will pay dividends in the long run on and off the court.

 

Keep coming back for all your Los Angeles Lakers off-season news. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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