The Los Angeles Lakers will not pursue Derek Fisher for their vacant coaching job, reports Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
According to Bresnahan, the Lakers want to hire someone with previous NBA coaching experience.
The Lakers think Fisher will be a solid NBA coach or executive at some point, but their initial curiosity about him has been replaced by a desire for actual experience, the latest turn in a deliberately slow coaching search approaching the six-week mark.
Fisher, however, has been mentioned as a candidate to fill New York’s coaching vacancy, which would reunite him with Knicks team President Phil Jackson. Fisher will be 40 in August and still hasn’t decided whether to retire as a player after averaging 5.2 points this season for Oklahoma City.
The Lakers have interviewed Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis, Lionel Hollins, Alvin Gentry and Mike Dunleavy.
The Lakers have the seventh pick in the June 26 draft, but Bresnahan thinks there is only a “50-50 chance” they hire a coach by that time.