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Lakers Coaching Search 'Very Close' To Being Complete, Jerry Buss Says

The Los Angeles Lakers have been searching for a new head coach ever since their season ended. After a wide-ranging array of candidates have been mentioned, the team seems to be close to making a decision.

Jerry Buss made a Playboy Radio appearance with Michael Eaves and Bonnie Jill Laflin on Sirius/XM Radio, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times, where the Lakers owner said the team is "very close" to naming the team's new head coach.

How close is very close?

"I don't know exactly when but a week is a long time," Buss said Tuesday. "I should say that."

It's difficult to try not reading too far into that statement, but if a week is a long time, but that probably means that Rick Adelman, Mike Dunleavy, Brian Shaw, Chuck Person or Mike Brown -- or a candidate that has yet to be mentioned -- should expect a phone call before next Tuesday letting them know they're either the new Lakers coach or they're out of the running.

The Lakers would probably be wise to make a decision sooner rather than later, too, as all but Dunleavy has been mentioned as a candidate with either the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors or Indiana Pacers vacancies as well.