The LA Clippers are interviewing several coaching candidates.
While Doc Rivers has already found himself a new gig after he and the LA Clippers parted ways, the team is still in the midst of their search for their next head coach.
According to multiple reports, the team is already interviewing candidates with more to take place this week.
The first news of Darvin Ham came via Malika Andrews of ESPN. Ham is one of the Milwaukee Bucks assistants and was a potential candidate for the Chicago Bulls and is apparently a finalist for the Indiana Pacers’ vacancy as well.
I won’t sit here and pretend like I know a ton about Ham just yet, so check out this breakdown of his coaching style:
Sounds like someone that would fit this Clippers’ roster perfectly, right?
The LA Clippers also reportedly met with Mike Brown, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Mike Brown has been an assistant with Golden State the past few seasons and does bring prior coaching experience to the table.
Brown has coached for 8 seasons in the NBA and has a .616 winning percentage. He most recently was the head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers for a season in 2013-14 following a two-year stint with the Lakers. Prior to that, he was in Cleveland for five years, making the Eastern Conference Finals once. Obviously, he did have LeBron James on his roster during that time.
Brown might have caught the eye of Jerry West, who was a consultant for the Warriors during part of the time Brown has been there. Perhaps he saw enough to suggest him as a potential replacement.
According to that same tweet referenced above from Woj, Ty Lue still remains the favorite for the job. Obviously, he would be an easy transition as the roster is already familiar with him from this season.
Lue also brings a championship pedigree, having also coached LeBron in Cleveland as the two won that franchise a long-awaited title.
While Lue might be the favorite for the Clippers, he is also highly sought after across the league. At one point, many thought he would get the Sixers job but now that Doc has taken it, he still has interest from the New Orleans Pelicans.
Regardless of who the Clippers ultimately land on, it’s good to see that they are looking around carefully. Whoever they pick will be part of one of the most important seasons in team history.