Why Los Angeles Lakers Should Consider Hiring Derek Fisher as Head Coach

It never hurts to look. 

If you were to coin a phrase that perfectly encapsulates the Los Angeles Lakers' search for Mike D'Antoni's replacement, that's what it would be. 

No option should be dismissed, no candidate overlooked. 

That includes Derek Fisher.

Though the Lakers' coaching quest drags on, Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski says they have given no indication that Fisher is under serious consideration:

So far, the Lakers have expressed an exclusive desire to explore experienced head coaches in their search, and there isn't yet an indication that team officials plan to seriously consider Fisher for the job, league sources said.

Los Angeles has so far interviewed four coaches about replacing Mike D'Antoni – Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins.

For the sake of being thorough, this needs to change. If the Lakers are going to give face time to Mike Dunleavy and Kurt Rambis, Fisher, who hasn't even officially retired from the NBA, deserves a fair shake.


The Kobe Factor

Veteran coaches are good.

Kobe Bryant-approved ones, veteran or rookie, are better.

Pushing 36, Bryant shouldn't factor too heavily into this decision—to the extent that his word and preference cannot be gospel. But he should still be on the brass' mind. It's his title window the Lakers are trying to wedge open, after all. 

This is something general manager Mitch Kupchak appears to understand, per the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan:

We have a player on our team right now who's proven in this league offensively who can score. That certainly is a consideration. We have to make sure that whoever we hire as a coach can really get the most productivity out of him, whether it's scoring the ball or playmaking or the threat that he may score. Tha...

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