A list of potential head-coaching candidates for the Lakers, who fired Mike Brown on Friday after a 1-4 start in his second season:
Former head coach with Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks. Coached Lakers point guard Steve Nash for four years in Phoenix. Has regular-season coaching record of 388-339 (.533) over parts of 10 seasons. Known for his up-tempo offense. Worked with Kobe Bryant as an assistant coach for the U.S. national team at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Reports are he recently had knee surgery and could be laid up for a few weeks.
Has won 11 NBA titles - six with the Chicago Bulls and five during two stints with the Lakers. Is well versed in dealing with superstars. Would receive a hero's welcome - and presumably a giant paycheck - if he came back to Staples Center for his third tour. Has the highest winning percentage of any NBA coach (.704) and his triangle offense has worked wonders.
Was the head coach of the Utah Jazz for 23 seasons. Much like his playing days when he was known for his defensive tenacity, Sloan is regarded as a hard-nosed, tough-minded coach but widely respected. Had a career regular-season record of 1,221-803, placing him third all-time in NBA victories. Led Utah to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998.
Played in the NBA for 14 years, finishing from 1999-2003 with the Lakers.
Spent all 12 seasons playing for the Seattle SuperSonics before retiring in 1998. Became an assistant coach the next season until he was named interim head coach in 2000. Led the team to a Northwest Division title in 2005, but left for head-coaching position with the Portland Trail Blazers. Was fired halfway through last season. Compiled a coaching record of 478-452 (.514) over parts of 12 seasons. Worked with Kobe Bryant as an assistant coach for the U.S. national team at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
- Daily News