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Vegas lists odds of Rick Pitino becoming next Lakers head coach at 50-1, Calipari at 60-1

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers are almost certain to move on from head coach Luke Walton this offseason, and there are some familiar faces on the list of names as possible replacements, via

The list starts with the obvious favorites to team up with LeBron James: Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard (4-1), former Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue (7-1), current head coach Luke Walton (7-1), former Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau (15-2) and former Milwaukee head coach Jason Kidd (9-1).

Jerry Stackhouse, an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies and the primary target in the Vanderbilt basketball coaching search, was also listed at 10-1 odds.

Go down the list a bit, and you see our first significant non-NBA name in good ole Rick Pitino with 50-1 betting odds.

Rumors have been out for a while now that Pitino, currently with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague, wants to make a return to the United States to coach again. He’s also been listed as a candidate for the UCLA job, among others, but if the Division-1 positions fill fast and the Lakers strike out on some of their home run options, could they make a run at Pitino? He’d certainly have interest.

Just a few spots down from the scandal-ridden Louisville head coach is none other than Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who agreed to a lifetime contract extension with the school yesterday. He was rumored to have significant interest in the Cleveland Cavaliers job back in 2014, especially when it became clear that LeBron James was contemplating a return home.

After Calipari turned down the UCLA job, would their professional basketball friends take a stab at pulling in the Kentucky head coach?

Los Angeles may gauge interest, but it’d be a shock to see Calipari even remotely interested in leaving his current situation for that mess of a roster and an aging LeBron right now. I think it’s safe to say they’re no legitimate threat, especially considering the other names they’re rumored to have interest in right now.

Other names of interest:

  • Bill Self at 66-1 (which seems oddly low, considering there are actual NBA rumors floating around with him)
  • Sean Miller at 100-1 (again, surprisingly low considering there’s a solid chance he’ll be a coaching free agent after the FBI trial concludes. If so, he probably won’t be around college basketball anytime soon.)
  • Coach K at 100-1
  • Tom Izzo at 100-1
  • Charles Barkley at 500-1
  • LeBron James at 500-1
  • Lavar Ball at 1000-1 (my personal favorite)

You can take a look at the entire list below:


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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11 Comments for Vegas lists odds of Rick Pitino becoming next Lakers head coach at 50-1, Calipari at 60-1

  1. Bluebloodtoo
    2:40 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

    I would love to see LeBron answer to lavarr ball. Oh my would that be entertaining.

    • makeitstop
      3:17 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

      We could start a go fund me page…

    • RealCatsFan
      3:21 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

      Oh, please Sweet Baby Jesus, make this happen! I might actually start watching NBA basketball.

    • LouisaCatFan
      3:35 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

      What NBA player especially a Star answers to a coach?

  2. sincitycat
    3:01 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

    Cage match!

  3. ukcamel
    3:04 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

    Pitino should be 1000-1 and it’s still a dumb bet. Eddie Sutton is more likely the next coach of the Lakers.

    • makeitstop
      3:32 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

      There are about 15 real candidates ahead of him. I’d look for him at UCLA bf the Lakers. What could possibly go wrong w Slick Rick just outside Beverly Hills?? And hey, sure Rick Singer is the academic advisor and Lori Loughlin the head of the new cheerleading squad, nicknamed “Varsity Blues” after the FBI operation of the same name, but that means NOTHING. He’d need to budget a little more for “dancers” in LA since the cost of living is higher and there’s more competition from the “film” industry, but I’m sure his agent could work that out. Rick – if ur reading, this is satire, protected by the 1st Amd. under the Falwell case.

    • ukcamel
      7:18 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

      Every single current head coach and assistant coach in the NBA is ahead of him, several retired coaches, and at least 100 current college coaches are ahead of him too.

  4. Headhurts
    3:43 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

    Juwan Howard? What’s his coaching resume?

  5. UKinIN
    3:49 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

    Lakers’ Power Structure:

    LeBron’s agent
    Head Coach

    Who would want to be part of that?

  6. BPatte
    6:43 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

    Who cares?