By Jacob Kornhauser on April 8, 2014
Due to his enormous success in college basketball, Kentucky head coach John Calipari's name has been constantly linked to the Los Angeles Lakers' head coaching spot that figures to be vacant this offseason. While he's a good candidate for the job, there are plenty of other college coaches that are worthy as well.
Here are five that would be a nice fit to be coaching home games at the Staples Center.
In his time at VCU, Smart has turned the Rams from a relatively unknown program, into a perennial tournament team. His name was linked to the UCLA job a couple of years ago in addition to some NBA head coaching jobs, but he stayed at VCU. The timing could make more sense this time around, and he could be the Lakers' man if they're looking for a young, budding superstar coach.
After coaching more than a decade at Pittsburgh and leading the Panthers to Big East titles over that span, Dixon may be ready for his next big break. He's put in the time at his school and should be rewarded for that; the Lakers should take notice of his track record and consider giving him a shot.
One of the top five coaches in college basketball today, Tom Izzo is a household name. His name has been linked to the Detroit Pistons' head coaching job several times, but has never taken the position. If the Lakers come knocking, however, his response may be a little different.
When Billy Donovan took over at Florida more than 17 years ago, the school was only known for their football team. By recruiting well, preaching defense, and keeping his players in school, Donovan changed that, and made the basketball team a star attraction as well. Now that he's had such sustained success with the same program, the time may be here for him to get his shot at coaching in the pros, especially since most of his players are leaving.
Before coaching Arizona, Miller coached at Xavier and helped put them on the map. He then helped resurrect a once-dominant Arizona basketball program, which was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament this season. After showing he can win at different schools playing different styles, he deserves a shot to coach the Lakers and see what he can get out of some of their young, developing talent.
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