Los Angeles Lakers will interview former Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff for his headcoaching position on Friday, a source that was confirmed to ESPN.
The Lakers have regrouped since Wednesday’s breakdown with the main coordinating candidate Tyronn Lue. Bickerstaff will be the sixth candidate to interview Lakers’ vacancies created by Luke Walton’s resignation last month. He joined Monty Williams, Juwan Howard, Jason Kidd, Lue and Frank Vogel.
Bickerstaff was fired as a Grizzlies coach in April. He had just finished his first full season at work after taking over as middle manager in the 2017-18 season.
The 40-year-old Bickerstaff was 48-97 in two seasons with Grizzlies, who never do the playoffs. His only other NBA coaching experience was as interim in the Houston 201
5-16 as he went 37-34.
Lakers interview process is expected to include the control owner Jeanie Buss, chief Rob Pelinka, team advisor Kurt Rambis, head of special projects Linda Rambis and Chief Operating Officer Tim Harris and Lakers co-owner Joey Buss (CEO of the organization’s G League affiliate) and Jesse Buss (Lakers Scouting Director).
The Los Angeles Times first reported Lakers planned interviews with Vogel and Bickerstaff.
Information from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski were used in this report.