Los Angeles Lakers: Power Ranking the Greatest Coaches in Team History

While LeBron James and Dwyane Wade lead their Miami Heat 'mates to duke it out with Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers can do little more than watch the action from the seats of their respective couches on their gargantuan flat-screen televisions.

Now, Kobe has yet to join his Purple and Gold teammates in the chorus line of praise for new head coach and Phil Jackson "replacement" Mike Brown, perhaps because team president Jim Buss neglected to consult him during the hiring process.

It will likely be a good long while until the Lakers know whether they picked the right guy for the job, especially with the specter of a lockout hanging over the 2011-12 season.

It will take even longer still to figure out where the former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers fits what is arguably the greatest coaching lineage of any NBA franchise.

Until that time comes, let's have a look at how the greatest coaches in franchise history stack up against one another, with only those who stuck around for a full season garnering consideration.

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