As if the potential list of coaches for the Los Angeles Lakers vacant coaching position wasn’t long enough, another name has been added to the list– Roy Williams.
Roy Williams is currently the head coach of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. He has held that role since 2003. Prior to coaching the Tar Heels, Williams was the head coach at the University of Kansas.
He is one of the most popular coaches in college basketball history and his winning record is pretty impressive too. He has won two NCAA national championships with the Tar Heels and has an overall win-loss record of 724-190. Essentially he has won 79.2% of the games he has coached. Williams was inducted to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Basketball Hall of Fame a year later, in 2007.
We know he’s a successful and proven basketball coach, but why do the Lakers want him if he doesn’t have any experience coaching in the NBA?
It wouldn’t be the first time a college basketball coach with no NBA experience became a head coach, but Williams is 63 years old. If he wanted to coach in the NBA, don’t you think he would’ve taken the leap earlier on in his career? However, this isn’t the first time the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to contact Williams for their head coaching vacancy. In 2004, one season after he left Kansas to go to North Carolina, he refused to speak to the Lakers about their head coaching job.
Los Angeles Times Lakers beat writer, Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) tweeted “Another name to add to the Lakers’ list of coaching candidates: North Carolina’s Roy Williams. They plan on talking to him…eventually”. This is how the rumor about Williams began.
I’m not sure if I like Williams as the next Lakers’ head coach, mainly because of his lack of experience in the NBA and dealing with superstars, especially in the city of Los Angeles. Nevertheless, Williams has coached big name players such as Paul Pierce, Drew Gooden, Raymond Felton, Ty Lawson and current Lakers’ player, Kendall Marshall.
This isn’t a surprising move for one main reason– Los Angeles Lakers’ General Manager, Mitch Kupchak is an alumni of the University of North Carolina.
Kupchak will try his best to bring Williams to the Lakers, but I think the second time won’t be a charm.
I think Kupchak needs to spend more time trying to lure away Thibodeau from the Chicago Bulls and having UCONN head coach, Kevin Ollie as a solid back up plan.