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Scott Brooks Interviews for Potential Assistant Coach Position With the Lakers

Frank Vogel And Scott Brooks

Former Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks interviewed for a potential assistant coaching job with the Lakers on Friday.
Brooks mutually parted with the Wizards after the team was eliminated in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Lakers had recently hired former Grizzlies and Knicks head coach David Fizdale to replace Jason Kidd who was hired by the Dallas Mavericks.

Former Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks may be eyeing to stay busy next season.

After mutually parting ways with the Wizards after their playoff exit, Brooks was expected to take a break from the league. But in a surprise twist, Brooks interviewed for an assistant coaching job with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

The Lakers don’t have a vacancy, at least not yet, with David Fizdale already replacing Jason Kidd. However, there may be other moves that are about to happen that will lead to another open job in L.A. and what Brooks brings to the table may solidify Frank Vogel’s coaching staff.

Loading Up the Staff

Scott Brooks could be joining the Lakers’ coaching staff in the future 👀 pic.twitter.com/vk7jppisp0

— LakeShow (@LakeShowCP) July 3, 2021

With the Brooks interview, the Lakers are serious about loading up their coaching staff. After losing Jason Kidd to Dallas, the Lakers recently signed former Grizzlies and Knicks head coach David Fizdale. Los Angeles also has a former head coach already on their bench in Lionel Hollins. Brooks would be a welcome addition.

The 55-year old Brooks was the head coach of the Washington Wizards for the last five seasons. Prior to that, he was the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder for seven years. He led the Thunder to five playoff appearances including an unsuccessful trip to the 2012 NBA Finals. With Washington, Brooks made it to the playoffs three times, including this campaign where they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round.

Brooks has a 521-414 regular season record as head coach and is 49-48 in the playoffs. He is a California native who played college ball at UCI. As a coach, Brooks was always well-loved by his players and that’s a trait that teams want in coaches- head or assistant. Brooks also fits the bill of experienced ex-head coaches that Frank Vogel likes on his staff.

Might Not Be Just Jason Kidd

It might not be just Jason Kidd the Lakers have to replace on Frank Vogel’s bench. https://t.co/dmgQsUtE0M

— Silver Screen and Roll (@LakersSBN) June 26, 2021

The timing of Brooks’ interview is interesting because the Lakers only had one assistant coaching vacancy when Jason Kidd was hired by Dallas. That position was already filled up when the Lakers signed David Fizdale.

Given Brooks’ stature and experience, it’s unlikely that he will accept a position other than the three assistant coaching jobs that get to sit beside the head coach at court side. Last season, those three were Kidd, Lionel Hollins, and Phil Handy. Fizdale replaces Kidd so there should be no vacancy, unless of course Kidd is planning to bring along one of either Hollins and Handy, which is not a far-fetched idea.

But nothing is confirmed yet. Brooks isn’t a sure hire just as it’s not certain if one of the other two Lakers’ assistants will be going to Dallas, or elsewhere for that matter. What’s certain however is that the Lakers are taking their coaching staff seriously and having a solid one could be one of the keys in returning to power next season.