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Name: Byron Scott
Career Coaching Record: Regular Season: 416-521 (.444), Playoffs: 33-24 (.579)
Previous Stints: New Jersey Nets (2000-2004), New Orleans Hornets (2004-2009), Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-2013)
Many fans throughout Laker Nation want former Laker great and current TWC SportsNet commentator Byron Scott to become the next Lakers Head Coach. As of right now, many people believe he is one of the top candidates to replace Mike D’Antoni and seek to bring the Lakers back to prominence. Scott played with the Lakers for 11 of his 14 NBA seasons and has head coaching experience with the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. He has led his New Jersey Nets team to 2 straight NBA Finals appearances, once in 2002 where his team ran into the Shaq-Kobe led Lakers, and then vs. San Antonio Spurs in 2003. From all indications, Scott definitely wants to become the next Lakers head coach.
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Name: Derek Fisher
Career Coaching Record: N/A
Previous Stints: N/A
Derek Fisher is currently engaged in a playoff run with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 18 year veteran and former Laker holds the all time record for most playoff game appearances and victories as a player. A 5 time champion with the Lakers and Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher has won more games in the playoffs than any FRANCHISE during his 18 years in the league. More than the Lakers, more than the Spurs. He has never coached, and has indicated interest in continuing his playing career, but he is a natural leader and has coaching promise written all over him.
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Name: Tom Thibodeau
Career Coaching Record: Regular season: 205-107 (.657), Playoffs: 17-22 (.436)
Previous Stints: Chicago Bulls (2010-Present)
Tom Thibodeau is the current head coach of the Chicago Bulls, his first head coaching job in his career. The Bulls hired Thibodeau in 2010 after they fired Vinny Del Negro. The Bulls were a .500 team in the 09-10′ season posting a 41-41 record under Del Negro, however, upon hiring Thibodeau the Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bulls posted a 62-20 record that year, the best record in the NBA. A big reason the Bulls turned their record around was due to Thibodeau’s smothering defensive way of playing basketball. Thibodeau was the fastest coach to win 100 games, and he posted a .757 winning percentage in his first two seasons which is the second-best win percentage for a coach behind Avery Johnson. Thibodeau is still coach of the Chicago Bulls but that doesn’t mean the Lakers don’t want to steal him away and make him the newest head coach.
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Name: Lionel Hollins
Career Coaching Record: Regular Season: 214-201 (.516), Playoffs: 18-17 (.514)
Previous Stints: Vancouver Grizzlies (1999-2000), Memphis Grizzlies (2004), Memphis Grizzlies (2009-2013)
Former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins has recently expressed interest in the Lakers’ head coaching vacancy. As head of the Grizzlies, Hollins coached the team to many franchise records. In the 2011-2012 lockout season, the Grizzlies had a franchise best win percentage at .621. That year the Grizzlies were the 4 seed heading into the playoffs and had home court advantage for the first time in franchise history. He also led the Grizzlies to a franchise best 56 win season in 2012-2013 and led the team to the Western Conference Finals before being swept by the San Antonio Spurs. Grizzlies management decided not to renew Hollins’ contract in the summer of 2013.
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Name: Ettore Messina
Career Coaching Accolades: Euroleague champion (4x), Winners’ Cup champion, Euroleague Coach of the Year (2x), Italian League champion (4x), Italian Cup champion (4x), Russian League champion (5x), Russian Cup champion (2x), 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors
Previous Stints: Virtus Bologna (Italy), Italy National Team, Benetton Treviso (Italy), CSKA Moscow (Russia), Real Madrid (Spain), Los Angeles Lakers – consultant role
In the past, discussion regarding the next head coach of the Lakers for the most part started and ended with Phil Jackson, but with Jackson now occupying a power position with the New York Knicks, that discussion is now all but irrelevant.
But how would the Laker Nation feel about a man that was once dubbed the “Phil Jackson of international basketball”?
The Lakers are rumored to be interested in Ettore Messina for their head coaching vacancy and for those concerned about his lack of experience in the NBA, from his reputation to the system of basketball he instills, Messina could be exactly what the team needs as it moves forward.
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Name: Mark Jackson
Career Coaching Record: Regular Season: 121-109 (.526), Playoffs: 9-10 (.474)
Previous Stints: Golden State Warriors (2011-2014)
Mark Jackson was recently let go by the Golden State Warriors after guiding the team to a 51-31 regular season, its first 50-win season since 1993-94. Jackson turned the struggling franchise from a perennial lottery team to a legitimate playoff contender in his three year stint as head coach, but even that wasn’t enough to save his job. Rumors are swirling that Jackson and the front office did not see eye to eye and that anything short of a Finals appearance would lead to his firing. As his good friend and former broadcast partner Jeff Van Gundy once said, “If they can’t get you on results, they’ll get you on relationships.”
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Name: Jeff Van Gundy
Career Coaching Record: Regular Season: 430-318 (.575), Playoffs: 44-44 (.500)
Previous Stints: New York Knicks (1995-2002), Houston Rockets (2003-2007)
Current ABC/ESPN Analyst Jeff Van Gundy‘s name has been linked to the Lakers head coaching position. Van Gundy has experience coaching in a big market of New York City, and coaching players like Patrick Ewing, Latrell Sprewell, Allan Houston, Tracy McGrady, and Yao Ming.
After taking a hiatus from coaching for the last 7 seasons, Van Gundy seems to be ready to leave the announcers booth and take another shot at a Head Coaching position
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