While the Lakers didn't seem to make any progress toward selecting a new head coach last week, the team held a sizable pre-draft workout Wednesday.
The team brought in 12 prospects to audition in El Segundo, including Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, Indiana's Noah Vonleh, Arizona's Aaron Gordon, Creighton's Doug McDermott and Syracuse's Tyler Ennis. All four could be selected as top-10 picks in the NBA draft later this month.
One dark horse is UCLA's Zach LaVine, who set a Lakers workout record with a 46-inch vertical jump.
Gordon said, if drafted by the Lakers, he'll "attached to Kobe [Bryant] at the hip."
McDermott said he plans on hitting "the weight room hard" to gain enough strength to guard power forwards in the NBA.
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he's confident the team will get a good player with the seventh pick.
Meanwhile, the Lakers seemingly crossed Derek Fisher off their coaching wish list, looking instead for someone with more experience in the position.
Fisher could end up in New York with the Knicks, working for team President Phil Jackson — who was fined $25,000 for tampering after making comments about Fisher while he was in the playoffs with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
While international coaching prospects David Blatt and Ettore Messina have never served as head coaches in the NBA, the Lakers should consider either given their records overseas.
After the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz made coaching hires, the Lakers are one of three teams still searching.
The Lakers were a bad defensive team this past season, making it no surprise the franchise was shut out of all-defensive first and second teams.
Veteran point guard Steve Nash will hold his annual soccer charity match in New York, but won't hold the companion event in Los Angeles.
Finally, Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar picked the San Antonio Spurs to win the NBA Finals over the Miami Heat.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times