Los Angeles Lakers Have Many Head Coach Options And Must Pick Wisely

Los Angeles Lakers Have Many Head Coach Options And Must Pick Wisely

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With Mike D'Antoni out as the Los Angeles Lakers' head coach, they have plenty of options to choose from for his replacement, but they must take their time in picking their next floor leader. Here are five possible options who could lead the Lakers back to the promised land.

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5. Lionel Hollins

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5. Lionel Hollins

Lionel Hollins Memphis Grizzlies
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What Hollins did with the Memphis Grizzlies is nothing short of impressive. He built Memphis into a defensive juggernaut. The Grizzlies have ranked in the top five in scoring defense the past three years and Hollins led them to big upset wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers and Spurs in the playoffs during his tenure. The Lakers had one of the worst defenses in the league this past season and will need a fresh perspective.

4. Kevin Ollie

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4. Kevin Ollie

Kevin Ollie Connecticut
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After a tremendous coaching job at Connecticut that ended with the Huskies as NCAA national champions, his name has been mentioned in NBA circles. Ollie was a journeyman in the NBA, but was very respected by his teammates over his 15-year career. He's looked at as a young up-and-coming NBA coach. The question is, will the Lakers be able to talk him out of leaving his alma mater after just winning a national championship?

3. George Karl

George Karl Denver Nuggets
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3. George Karl

George Karl Denver Nuggets
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Karl knows how to coach egos. This is one trait that made Phil Jackson so successful. In the Nuggets' 2008-09 season, Karl meshed Anthony, Iverson, Billups and Smith. This resulted in a trip to the Western Conference Finals. Karl made the playoffs every year in his nine seasons with Denver, but unfortunately was knocked out in the first round in eight of them. He's a proven coach, but the Lakers have to weigh in his recent playoff woes.

2. Tom Thibodeau

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2. Tom Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau Chicago Bulls
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This might be a long shot, but the Lakers have reportedly reached out to the Chicago Bulls to ask permission to interview Thibodeau. There's one thing we all know about Thibodeau: he can flat-out coach defense. He's done more with less over the past few years than any other coach in the NBA. He's lead the Bulls to four straight playoff berths.

1. Stan Van Gundy

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1. Stan Van Gundy

Stan Van Gundy Orlando Magic
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Van Gundy learned under one of the most respected and accomplished coaches in NBA history, Pat Riley. He's a fiery coach who helped rebuild the Miami Heat, resigning three years before they won a championship. He then took over a 40-42 Magic team and led them to four straight 52-plus win seasons. He guided the Magic to a Conference Semifinals, NBA Finals and Conference Finals in consecutive years.

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