The Los Angeles Lakers will interview former Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff for their head-coaching position Friday, a source confirmed to ESPN.
The Lakers have been regrouping since Wednesday's breakdown with head-coaching candidate Tyronn Lue. Bickerstaff will become the sixth candidate to interview for the Lakers' vacancy created by Luke Walton's departure last month, joining Monty Williams, Juwan Howard, Jason Kidd, Lue and Frank Vogel.
Bickerstaff was fired as Grizzlies coach in April. He had just finished his first full season on the job after taking over as interim coach in the 2017-18 season.
The 40-year-old Bickerstaff was 48-97 in two seasons with the Grizzlies, never making the playoffs. His only other NBA head-coaching experience was as interim in Houston in 2015-16, when he went 37-34.
The Lakers' interview process is expected to include controlling owner Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka, team adviser Kurt Rambis, director of special projects Linda Rambis and chief operating officer Tim Harris, as well as Lakers co-owners Joey Buss (president of the organization's G League affiliate) and Jesse Buss (the Lakers' director of scouting).
The Los Angeles Times first reported the Lakers' scheduled interviews with Vogel and Bickerstaff.
Information from ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski was used in this report.
Source: Bickerstaff next up for Lakers interview
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