Lakers 'Very Interested' In Rick Adelman As New Coach, According To Report

The Los Angeles Lakers are "very interested" in Rick Adelman as a replacement for retired head coach Phil Jackson, reports ESPN.com's Marc Stein. Adelman was let go by the Houston Rockets after a 43-39 but playoffs-free season; Adelman had previously coached the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers, and is certainly a West Coast guy.

SI.com's Sam Amick reported earlier Thursday that Lakers assistant coaches Brian Shaw and Chuck Person were among the early candidates to replace Jackson, who had announced at season's start he planned to retire and kept that promise despite a seriously disappointing finish for L.A. The Lakers were swept 4-0 in the conference semifinals by the Dallas Mavericks.

Adelman is seen as a coach liable to allow his stars to guide themselves in game action, and his offensive style trends toward up-tempo, pass-heavy sets versus the more methodical Triangle that Jackson employed. It's unclear whether Shaw or Person would commit to maintaining the Triangle, or whether Lakers ownership even wants that to happen.

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