June 17, 2024

Should Micah Nori be the next Lakers head coach?

Let’s take a closer look at current Timberwolves assistant Micah Nori and why he could be a good fit for the Lakers.

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Nikola Jokic with 22 Points vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
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The Los Angeles Lakers fired Darvin Ham after two seasons with both ending in an exit to the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs. With that firing comes yet another foray into finding a head coach for a team with a unique set of circumstances.

The Lakers are currently in a win-now mode due to superstar LeBron James’ career exit being on the horizon, a roster that is currently unbalanced, particularly on the wings and the team is also looking to plan for its post-LeBron future centered around Anthony Davis.

Thus far, no formal process has been conducted, and a number of candidates will reportedly be interviewed, including former player JJ Reddick, current Celtics’ assistant Sam Cassell, Miami Heat assistant Chris Quinn, former Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego, and current Minnesota Timberwolves head assistant Micah Nori.

The focus of this piece will be on the last of those names in Nori. Let’s take a closer look.

The formal process for the Lakers head coach is expected to start soon, and I am sure we will continue to hear more about the candidates as that process evolves. Those formal interviews and the team’s due diligence are key pieces to evaluating who fits into the Lakers’ current needs, and I do believe Nori matches many of those attributes.

That being said, it’s always difficult to know what the Lakers’ brain trust will be looking for and Nori’s current involvement in the playoffs may limit his capability of fully committing to interviews.

Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own in-person and online sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA in which he further combines his movement expertise and fitness training.

Prior to entering into the physiotherapy field, Brar graduated from Cal-Berkeley in Business Administration and spent multiple years in the corporate marketing and strategy field, culminating in managing his own business unit in New York City and being a direct liaison for client management. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), has a background in youth basketball coaching and analyzes the Lakers from a medical, skills, and leadership/organizational culture perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and on his own YouTube Channel. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.

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