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The Los Angeles Lakers are intensifying their search for a new head coach following the dismissal of Darvin Ham, with a specific focus on finding a “grinder” for the role.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Lakers VP of Basketball Operations and general manager Rob Pelinka is set to commence discussions with coaching candidates, prioritizing sitting assistants and former head coaches who may be less familiar to the organization.

Pelinka’s conversations with league officials have emphasized the importance of a “grinder” mentality in the Lakers’ next coach, reflecting a desire for someone with relentless work ethic and determination.

As the Lakers embark on this pivotal search, they are keen to explore options beyond candidates they have previously engaged with, aiming to cast a wide net to identify the ideal leader for their team..