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As the NBA Playoffs continue to unfold, the teams that no longer participate in the battle for the Larry O'Brien Trophy this season are searching for reinforcement in their personnel for the next.

Free throws this season

82%
14,3
Points made: 14,3
Accuracy: 81,9%
Place in standings: 1
Record max: 42
Record min: 4
Most made FTs: Nikola Mirotic

Three teams currently do not have a head coach in their respective organizations - Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, and Sacramento Kings. The US sports media giant ESPN has outlined some possible candidates that the league insiders are praising behind the scenes.

One European head coach's name comes mong the mentioned. The current FC Barcelona boss Sarunas Jasikevicius is listed as a coaching candidate for the NBA teams. According to an article by ESPN writer Kevin Arnovitz, Saras "has quickly emerged as one of the most compelling coaches on the world stage".

The Lithuanian specialist is praised as a "charismatic leader who shares his infectious love of the craft as a born coach". Jasikevicius is the only person to reach the EuroLeague Final Four three times both as a coach and as a player - a historic milestone that no other coach comes close to reaching.

The Saras-coached Barcelona have reached the EuroLeague Final Four for a second consecutive season after winning the Regular Season. They defeated FC Bayern Munich in a tight quarterfinals series.

Other coaching prospects mentioned in the article:

  • Kevin Young (Phoenix Suns associate head coach)
  • Brian Randle (Suns assistant coach)
  • Darvin Ham (Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach)
  • Charles Lee (Bucks assistant coach)
  • Darko Rajakovic (Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach)
  • David McClure (Grizzlies assistant coach)
  • Sonia Raman (Grizzlies assistant coach)
  • Chris Quinn (Miami Heat assistant coach)
  • Malik Allen (Heat assistant coach)
  • Mike Brown (Golden State Warriors associate head coach)
  • Kenny Atkinson (Warriors assistant coach)
  • Will Hardy (Boston Celtics assistant coach)
  • Joe Mazzulla (Celtics assistant coach)
  • Dawn Staley (South Carolina women's head coach)
  • Jarron Collins (New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach)
  • Jay Wright (Former Villanova head coach)
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