Lakers Bet on a Familiar Face in JJ Redick to Coach LeBron James

The Lakers have agreed to hire JJ Redick as the franchise's new head coach, ending a lengthy search for one of the NBA's premier jobs. Redick will receive a four-year deal and will be in charge of leading LeBron James and the Lakers. Despite limited coaching experience, Redick has been pursued by several teams in recent years for assistant and head-coaching roles. The Lakers are hoping that Redick can help the team make improvements to surround James and Davis with the right players.

Here are the five top questions following the announcement:

  1. What is the expectation for the Redick hiring?

Answer: This hiring is high risk/high reward. While Redick has no coaching experience, the Lakers are gambling on a high-potential candidate who has a relationship with their franchise player.

  1. What is Redick's first priority as the Lakers' coach?

Answer: Getting defensive wing players and gaining influence on this year's roster during the draft and free agency. Redick has had enough time to know what kind of offense and defense he wants to run. It is essential to surround James and Davis with the right players to ensure success.

  1. Who would be an ideal number one assistant for Redick?

Answer: Someone with head-coaching experience with whom Redick has a connection. Some ideal fits include Stan Van Gundy, currently working for TNT, and Brett Brown of the San Antonio Spurs. Another name that could fit the bill is Monty Williams, who worked with Redick when he was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers.

  1. Will Redick be the Lakers' coach for more than three years?

Answer: Fact. If this hiring fails, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka's job might be on the line. The Lakers are accepting the reality that Redick will need the opportunity to fail and learn.

  1. Where do the Lakers finish next year?

Answer: Play-in. The Lakers have finished in the top six of the Western Conference once in the past 12 seasons. Making the playoffs would be an unqualified success. However, it would be best to wait until July 20 when all the moves have been made to know for sure.

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