Updated Rankings for LA Lakers Coaching Candidates

The Los Angeles Lakers’ quest for a head coach has produced an interesting list of candidates.

Although the Purple and Gold will likely only decide on their future headman after the draft, it’s still worth taking a look at the ones best suited for the gig.

Naturally, it will come down to fit, philosophy and cachet. We’ll go from the least likely to the most likely person to get the job.


Honorable Mentions

There are a few candidates that ultimately will end up getting some consideration, but just won’t cut it.

Mike Dunleavy is one of them. He met with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak in late May according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, but there isn’t much support or reverence for Dunleavy.

ProBasketballTalks’s Dan Feldman said it best: “Dunleavy encapsulates the retread label. He’s 60, bringing a perception that he has little room to grow, and his previous level of coaching wasn’t that high.”

"X" marks Dunleavy’s spot.

The next candidate should be rated higher in the group, but the stars just don’t seem to align. George Karl has been a pretty successful coach, but he is simply just a bad fit. InsideSoCal’s Mark Medina has the story:

Both the Lakers and Karl have their reservations about a partnership for various reasons. Karl runs a fast-tempo system after Mike D’Antoni encountered a divided locker room surrounding his up-tempo style.

That included Kobe Bryant, whom Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has said will be most effective operating from the post entering his 18th season after suffering two major injuries.

Medina also noted that Karl clashed with Carmelo Anthony when he played for the Denver Nuggets because Anthony was too fond of scoring and doing little else. A similar problem c...

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