Who Will Be the Lakers Next Head Coach

Ruben Hill
April 8, 2019

 

When LeBron James arrived in LA last summer, hopes were high of another title run. Surrounded by exciting young talent, the best player in the NBA was sure the team will do great. Ten months later, though, the Lakers have painted a pretty different picture.

The Los Angeles Lakers failed to reach the playoffs this year. Although they started off on the right foot, the team played pretty bad before and after the All-Star break, falling behind the top 8 contenders. The Western Conference is unforgiving. Any team that fails to perform at its best night-in-night-out won’t be able to reach the playoffs. Luke Walton’s troops learned that the hard way.

With the season nearing its end, the Lakers have shut down LeBron James who gets an early vacation. With free agents such as Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant in the summer, an overhaul is on the cards. The first one to go, it seems, is head coach Luke Walton. Hopes were high for Walton’s first season with LeBron in the team, yet he failed to make any progress.

With Walton most likely on the way out, the best sports betting sites are already offering odds on his replacement. Plenty of names are thrown in the mix, with Jason Kidd emerging as the early favorite.

Jason Kidd

Kidd has emerged as the biggest favorite to land the Lakers head coach job. The former Milwaukee head coach is out of the league since 2018, yet rumors have been putting him in the driving seat for the soon-to-be-vacant Lakers head coach position. Kidd and LeBron go way back – they played together on Team USA and their relationship could be the key that brings Kidd to LA.

Jason Kidd has a reputation of getting along with stars and could be the ideal Luke Walton replacement.

Tyronn Lue

Tyronn Lue was LeBron James’ head coach for two years – they even won a title together. James has praised Lue in the past and had a great relationship with his former coach. Since leaving the Cavaliers, Lue has been out of a job, but that could soon change, especially if LeBron says a few good words about his former coach.

Mark Jackson

Remember Mark Jackson? The legendary playmaker has been a TV analyst after leaving the Golden State Warriors in 2014. Since then, he’s been mentioned for many vacant head coach positions, yet nothing has materialized so far.

However, the Lakers are a big club that could lure Jackson back to coaching. He certainly has the experience and the backing of many experts. Many believe that Mark Jackson fully deserves another coaching gig. He’s also represented by Klutch Sports, LeBron James’ agency, and that could prove to be the key that brings him to LA.

Brian Shaw

Former player Brian Shaw is currently in his second stint as Lakers assistant coach. Previously, he served as assistant to the great Phil Jackson until he retired from coaching in 2011. Shaw was mentioned as the Lakers’ new head coach back then, but the deal fell through. He decided to try his luck with the Denver Nuggets but was fired after a season and a half.

Shaw returned to his Lakers position later and has been quite a popular figure with management and fans. If Luke Walton is fired after the season ends, you can bet that Shaw’s name will pop-up on the list of biggest Lakers head coach candidates.

Byron Scott

Scott was the Lakers head coach between 2014 and 2016, where he had a dismal record of 38-126. This two-year stretch was the worst of any Lakers coach in the history of the franchise. Still, Scott has great ties to Magic Johnson and is highly respected in the NBA. Once Luke Walton is out, Scott will definitely be on the shortlist of candidates to replace the current Lakers head coach.

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