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Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?  

Ranker NBA
192 votes 30 voters 22 items
Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.

UPDATE: On May 11, 2019, the Lakers agreed to a three-year deal with former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, with Jason Kidd brought on as an assistant coach.

The Los Angeles Lakers could soon be in the market for a new coach after a disappointing first season with free-agent addition LeBron James. If the team decides to part ways with embattled coach Luke Walton, who should be the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

It seems like a plum gig: NBA head-coaching position, prestigious franchise — though maybe not the best team in the NBA right now — and you can't beat the weather. But the spotlight is bright, and coaching LeBron James has never been an easy assignment.

There are obvious choices like a couple of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, recent successes like Tyronn Lue, who we know gets along with James, and out-of-the-box choices like recently retired Kobe Bryant or just letting LeBron do it himself. LaVar Ball, anyone?

Who do you think should be the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers? Vote for your favorites and add anyone you think is missing from the list.

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: None
Championships: 5 (0 as coach; 5 as player)

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Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 1978-2011
Championships: 13 (11 as coach; 2 as player)

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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 2014-2018
Championships: 1 (0 as coach; 1 as player)

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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 1999-present (Los Angeles Clippers)
Championships: 1 (1 as coach; 0 as player)

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Juwan Howard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 2013-present (Miami Heat)
Championships: 2 (0 as coach; 2 as player)

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Tyronn Lue is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 2011-2018
Championships: 3 (1 as coach; 2 as player)

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Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?
Pat Riley

Coaching experience: 1979-2003, 2005-2008
Championships: 10 (6 as coach; 1 as player; 3 as executive)

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Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 1999-present
Championships: 2 (1 as coach; 1 as player)

9
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 1981-2005, 2007-2012, 2014-2018
Championships: None

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Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 1981-1989 (NCAA); 1989-2019 (NBA)
Championships: 1 (1 as coach; 0 as player)

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Jay Wright is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 1984-present (NCAA); None (NBA)
Championships: 2 (2 as NCAA coach; 0 as NBA coach)

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Jerry Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 2015-present (Memphis Grizzlies assistant)
Championships: None

13
LaVar Ball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: None
Championships: None

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: None
Championships: 3 (0 as coach; 3 as player)

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: None
Championships: 4 (0 as coach; 4 as player)

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Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 2005, 2008-2009, 2011-2015
Championships: 3 (0 as coach; 3 as player)

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Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 1974-1983, 1985-1987, 1989-1997, 2001-2017 (NCAA); 1983-1985, 1987-1989, 1997-2001 (NBA)
Championships: 2 (2 as NCAA coach; 0 as NBA coach)

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Derek Fisher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 2014-2016
Championships: 5 (0 as coach; 5 as player)

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Earl Watson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?
Earl Watson

Coaching experience: 2014-2017
Championships: None

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Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 2011-2014
Championships: None

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Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 1974-present (NCAA)
Championships: 5 (5 as NCAA coach; 0 as NBA coach)

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John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Should Be the New Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers?

Coaching experience: 1982-1996, 2000-present (NCAA); 1996-2000 (NBA)
Championships: 1 (1 as NCAA coach; 0 as NBA coach)