Wednesday, June 29 2022

The Lakers asked permission to interview raptors coach’s assistant Adrian Griffin for their vacancy as head coach, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania (video link).

Chairman and President of the Raptors Masai Ujiri said at his post-season press conference yesterday that he had received calls for interviews with Griffin and other Raptors assistant coaches, according to TSN.ca’s Josh Lewenberg (Twitter link).

I think Adrian is close to becoming a head coach in this league“, said Ujiri.

Griffin began his NBA career as a player, appearing in 477 games (179 starts) over nine NBA seasons from 1999 to 2008 with career averages of 4.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 16.9 minutes. He made a quick transition into coaching, making his debut aged just 34, the season after his retirement as a player (2008/09).

Griffin, now 47, has been an assistant coach for the Bucks, Bulls, Magic, Thunder and Raptors for the past 14 seasons, having been with Toronto since 2018/19, when the team won the championship. son of Griffin, AJ Griffinis a projected lottery pick in the upcoming 2022 draft.

Lakers rumored to be interested in Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, but Nurse and Ujiri recently poured cold water on that idea. Griffin is now the second official candidate to interview for the Lakers head coach job, after the Bucks assistant Darvin Ham.

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