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The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t put a public timetable on their coaching search — and haven’t said much of anything on-record since Magic Johnson stepped down — but logic would seem to dictate that the team will likely have to decide who will be replacing Luke Walton at the helm by the time the NBA Draft Lottery rolls around on May 14 (when preparations for the 2019 NBA Draft will begin in earnest).

To that end, the Lakers are interviewing several candidates for the position, and according to Broderick Turner of The L.A. Times, Tyronn Lue impressed the team with his level of preparation and desire to take the job if it was offered:

During Lue’s interview session at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday, a lasting impression was left on both parties involved in the discussions, according to the people.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are hardly a stable organization right now. Their president of basketball operations resigned unexpectedly at the end of the season. Their head coach was fired for losing with a roster he openly objected to during its construction. It’s unclear who exactly is running the team right now, but the options appear limited to a former agent that a rival NBA executive described by saying “no one trusts him,” a retired Lakers backup turned coaching nomad viewed as “beyond unpopular,” and, amazingly, that former backup’s wife. This is not a ship many should be eager to board at the moment.

Things are so bad that, apparently, they are struggling to secure a head coach because all of their candidates keep getting told to avoid the team. Jorge Sedano reported on his ESPN podcast Tuesday (as transcribed by Anthony Irwin of Silver Screen and Roll) that a close friend of former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue said “‘I told Ty, don’t take the Lakers job. This thing is a mess.’” Ramona Shelburne added a similar nugget on Monty Williams by saying on ESPN 710 with Mason & Ireland that “everyone in the league has told him not to take the job.”

Williams and Lue will ultimately need to make their own decisions on the matter, but the fact that the Lakers are getting bashed from multiple sources to multiple candidates speaks to how miserable their reputation around the NBA is right now. The Lakers are the laughingstock of basketball right now. Forget about luring a top coach away from a playoff team as they may have tried with Doc Rivers. The Lakers can’t even get coaches who are readily available to take over the NBA’s most glamorous job

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2016 will always be remembered as the year of LeBron.

2016 is the year LeBron James delivered Cleveland its first championship in 50-plus years, cementing his status as the GOAT. James led a historic comeback over the Golden State Warriors, who blew a 3-1 lead, and, apparently, he knew Golden State would crack.

After winning Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals, James had a few choice words about the psyche of his arch rivals. The cameras for James’ “More Than An Athlete” show were inside the Cavs locker room and captured what The King had to say

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Although it feels inevitable the NBA will eliminate the one-and-done rule, the change isn’t expected to happen for next year’s class of high school prospects.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, conversations between the NBA and Players’ Association have centered on 2020 as the “earliest possible date” to make the change.

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The NBA and NBPA conversations on eliminating the one-and-done draft rule — which would allow high school seniors to enter the NBA — are centered on the 2020 Draft as the earliest possible date for change, league sources tell ESPN.

Although somewhat disappointing a change wouldn’t apply to the 2019 draft, it does make sense.

These discussions are ongoing, and the next step is likely implementing a proper advisory committee for top high school prospects. Sure, the NBA and NBPA could hastily throw it together, but that’s not in the best interest of the young players, either.

The league has long been rethinking the one-and-done rule that requires athletes to be one year removed from high school graduation. But patience will be required as the NBA and NBPA mutually agree to reverse it.

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