CHAPEL HILL — The Los Angeles Lakers have added North Carolina coach Roy Williams to a list of candidates to become the teams new head coach, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Times reported on Monday that the Lakers have added Williams name to their interview list. Its unclear whether Williams has actually interviewed for the job, or whether he would interview.
After all, it seems extremely unlikely that Williams, 63, would even be interested in another job any job given his deep roots at UNC. Its not terribly surprising, though, that his name might surface in connection with the Lakers vacancy. Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers general manager, played at UNC in the 1970s.
According to the Times, Williams has been added to a lengthy list of candidates. Others on that list, according to the Times: George Karl, who also played at UNC, and Kentucky coach John Calipari.
As unlikely as it is that Williams would even entertain coaching in the NBA (or anywhere else), the publicity cant hurt. No harm in being associated with the Lakers vacancy and then reaffirming his commitment one thats never been in doubt to UNC.