Lakers coaching search: Bucks assistant Charles Lee expected to interview for vacant position, per report

The Los Angeles Lakers have actually currently spoken with one Milwaukee Bucks assistant. Darvin Ham was among the very first prospects they talked to as they have actually attempted to fill their uninhabited head training position previously inhabited by Frank Vogel, and now, they have actually asked for approval to talk to another Bucks assistant, Charles Lee, according to The Athletic.

Lee’s course to prominence as a basketball coach is relatively distinct. He was a non-scholarship gamer at Bucknell and belonged to their No. 14-seeded group that stunned Kansas in the 2005 NCAA competition. That didn’t cause much in regards to his playing profession. He invested a couple of years playing abroad, however later, took the uncommon action of working as an equities trader on Wall Street for Bank of America. He ultimately made his method back into basketball, initially at his university Bucknell, and after that, more especially, under Mike Budenholzer in the NBA.

The Budenholzer connection here is relatively significant. The Lakers have either talked to or asked for approval to speak to 6 prospects so far: Mark Jackson, Terry Stotts, Adrian Griffin, Kenny Atkinson, Ham and Lee. The last 3, representing half of the combined group, has actually invested significant time working under Budenholzer. Atkinson was his leading assistant with the Atlanta Hawks prior to taking control of the Brooklyn Nets. Lee and Ham are both Budenholzer assistants now.

That may be a coincidence. Lee and Ham have actually both been head training prospects in the past, and Atkinson has a tested performance history, so it makes good sense that he would warrant factor to consider. But it may likewise recommend that the Lakers are keeping an open mind about their playing design progressing, and are seeking to forward-thinking coaches like Budenholzer for motivation. Budenholzer groups have actually constantly put a massive focus on ball motion and shooting, locations that were doing not have under Vogel. The Budenholzer tree is currently being successful in leading tasks, with Taylor Jenkins leading the Memphis Grizzlies to the NBA’s second-best record this season.

While Atkinson never ever worked under Budenholzer in Milwaukee, both Lee and Ham undoubtedly have actually. The Bucks have determined how to optimize a generational huge male in Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Lee and Ham may have concepts that might equate to Anthony Davis, who has actually had a hard time offensively over the previous 2 years while handling injuries. In a current interview with The Athletic, he spoke about the direct design he’s taken into his working relationship with Antetokounmpo. When asked what he’s discovered dealing with Giannis, Lee responded:

“Being honest. Not beating around the bush. Understanding the game and doing your homework and watching the film and going back and forth, but then just finding opportunities to hit him on things that are just honest. Like, not always, ‘Hey, you’re the best. You know, you’re doing this great,’ No, he wants to be coached. All the players from Giannis down to our 15th guys — Lindell Wigginton and Jevon Carter or Jordan Nwora, whoever it is, they just want you to be honest with them and upfront. I think that when you outline clear expectations for players, they respect that more than anything else.”

This is the mindset any coach will require to have dealing with the veteran-laden Lakers. Ty Lue was notoriously comfy challenging LeBron James throughout their time together in Cleveland, and Lee appears simply as happy to have the tough discussions when they are essential. That characteristic, more than any other, is what the Lakers require in Vogel’s replacement.

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