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Lakers target UConn’s Hurley to be next coach

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The Lakers reportedly are ready to offer their coaching job to Dan Hurley, who has led Connecticut to back-to-back NCAA titles.

LOS ANGELES — This was quite a massive twist.

All signs seemed to point to JJ Redick as the next coach for the Lakers. But early Thursday morning, the Lakers reportedly are ready to offer the job to Dan Hurley, who has coached the Connecticut Huskies to back-to-back NCAA championships.

According to ESPN, the Lakers and Hurley have made preliminary contact and both sides are planning to have more conversations about the job. It has also been said that Hurley had been in the forefront of the Lakers’ search since the beginning of the process.

If there was ever any doubt to Hurley’s prowess, LeBron James himself posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) about him as a reply to a podcast interview with Redick.

Hurley has expressed a desire to one day coach in the NBA and he might get his chance with the Lakers, a team rich with tradition but has had a coaching carousel since Phil Jackson left in 2011. They have gone through six head coaches and one interim coach since that time.

Hurley has gone 141-58 (.709) in six seasons with UConn. Before joining UConn, he spent two seasons with Wagner and then six years with the University of Rhode Island.

He is the son of Naismith Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley Sr. and the brother of Arizona State coach and former Duke star Bobby Hurley.