The Los Angeles Lakers have added North Carolina coach Roy Williams to a list of candidates to become the team’s 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.” It’s 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. It’s 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 can’t hurt. No harm in being associated with the Lakers’ vacancy and then reaffirming his commitment – one that’s never been in doubt – to UNC.