By Tyler Leli @jetleli on June 1, 2014
After going 27-55 during the 2013-14 season, the Los Angeles Lakers are stuck in a state of rebuilding, and they are in dire need of a new head coach. And while numerous names have been bandied about regarding candidates for the job, these five men are the most likely people to be the Lakers' next head coach.
Derek Fisher may have just played his last game with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and multiple teams are courting him to become their next head coach. Of course, the Lakers make loads of sense for Fisher, as he has a long history with the organization, is a great basketball mind and, most importantly of all, he has the respect of Kobe Bryant. Allowing Fisher to take care of a rebuilding team would be risky, but could payoff in a big way.
Rambis has already interviewed with the Lakers, and there would be few people doubting this hire. Rambis played seven seasons with the Lakers, coached the team during the '99 lockout season, and has been an assistant coach on the team on three different occasions. The 56-year-old may not be an especially flashy hire, but he knows the game of basketball, the inner workings of the Lakers' organization, and wouldn't scare away potential free agents.
Hollins has no obvious ties to the Lakers' organization, but he is coming off a successful five-year run with the Memphis Grizzlies, and is clearly a good NBA coach. Hollins' no-nonsense, defense-first attitude would work well with Kobe Bryant, while his willingness to not run the front office would also leave the Lakers' hierarchy happy. Few people would jump up and down about this hire, but it would be a wise move.
Van Gundy has not coached since 2007, but has remained active in basketball through broadcasting, and has become one of the hottest head-coaching candidates around. The reasons for this are obvious, as Van Gundy has been hugely successful at the NBA level, including with the big market New York Knicks. One big thing that could make this move crumble is that Van Gundy may want more power than the Lakers are willing to hand out.
Scott won three NBA Championships with Los Angeles during his playing days, and he has since gone on to enjoy a moderately successful coaching career. Scott also has a great relationship with Bryant, Mitch Kupchak and ownership, which makes him an ideal fit for the Lakers. This move should be a no-brainer, although, obviously, negotiations could prove to be a major roadblock.
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