Top 5 Candidates To Replace Mike D’Antoni As Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach

Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Coaches Who Could Replace Mike D'Antoni

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Mike D'Antoni is in a 'he gone' situation with the Los Angeles Lakers. After a couple of underwhelming seasons, he's resigned. Maybe he got the boot? Maybe he really didn't want to coach in L.A. anymore?

Either way, one of the NBA's most storied franchises needs a head coach. Here are five guys who could be in the mix:

5. Steve Kerr

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5. Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr

It seems like only a matter of time before Kerr officially signs on with the Knicks. But will this new opening make him think twice? It's unlikely, because his relationship with Phil Jackson is probably the difference-maker. Plus, he'd basically have the greatest mentor of all time to help him break into the coaching business in New York.

4. John Calipari

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4. John Calipari

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Rumors of Calipari to the Lakers swirled a few weeks back, but there's very little chance that he'll leave Kentucky. it would surprising if he wasn't at least on the Lakers' short list. However, they're probably best served to seek a veteran NBA coach that Kobe would respect.

3. Jerry Sloan

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3. Jerry Sloan

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The long-time Jazz coach is a shot-in-the-dark candidate, but he makes sense because Kobe would be on board. Sloan is a proven winner who could easily whip the Lakers back into a playoff team in a season or two.

2. Byron Scott

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2. Byron Scott

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Scott is a former Laker who's made his rounds as a head coach in the NBA. He's been the Finals twice and won Coach of the Year. His overall record isn't great (416-521), but he's Kobe-worthy.

1. George Karl

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1. George Karl

George Karl

If the Lakers want the best coach available, we all know it's George Karl. He's a fantastic coach who's just never won an NBA championship. He took the Bucks to the conference finals for crying out loud.

Whether he would want to take over the train wreck that is the Lake Show, is a whole different deal. But if Kobe and the Lakers want the best, they'll be placing a phone call to George Karl in the very near future.

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