Terry Stotts won’t settle for the role of chief assistant at Lakers

had a great deal of success with the Portland Trail Blazers and wants nothing less than another job as head coach.

While there are some experienced coaches who have accepted assistant coaching duties, the 64-year-old doesn’t seem open to it, according to Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times.

In his piece, Woike claimed that the former NBA coach is not keen on joining the Lakers as a chief assistant.

Stotts was reportedly approached to join Frank Vogel in that role last season, but turned down the offer.

Furthermore, it would be best to note that Stotts believes he can find a way to change Russell Westbrook’s career and figure out how to get him to work in a purple-and-gold uniform.

Much of this was covered in a recent report here on the International Business Times.

This was reportedly one of the key requirements Lakers management emphasized when looking for a head coach.

But in the eyes of experts like CBS Sports’ Brad Botkin, Stotts may be biting more than he can chew. l

It wouldn’t be a new situation assuming he shifts the angle of confirming Westbrook as he did the same with the Trail Blazers and ultimately fell short of expectations.

Much of Botkin’s opinion is Westbrook’s style of play when the Lakers tried to play him off the ball and failed.

Considering that LeBron James is still around, it’s hard to see Westbrook succumbing.

His bet, assuming he adapts, should be for the long haul or until James hangs it up or leaves the Lakers.

So far, no coach has been able to lead the Lakers in the right direction.

Stotts could try, but there are still many loopholes that raise more questions than answers.




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