Mike Brown Fired: Candidates to Turn Around the Lakers' 1-4 Start

Mac LeesburgContributor IIINovember 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 02:  Head coach Mike Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers gives instructions during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  The Clippers won 105-95.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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In the coming days, reactions to Mike Brown's sacking will to continue unfold. While this occurs, a small number of people will be locked in an office somewhere in Los Angeles working on their next move.

So, now the hunt is on for a long-term replacement that will take the latest Lakers roster to another championship birth.

A reunion between Dwight Howard and Stan van Gundy is unlikely, but there are still a number of worthy candidates that would jump at the chance to resurrect their NBA head coaching careers, or even start one.

Here is a brief list of names that may be discussed in that Los Angeles office in the coming days. 


Mike D’Antoni

D’Antoni is one of the biggest coaching free agents presently on the market.

Despite his shortcomings in New York, he has had success in the past, most notably with new Laker Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. His famed offense might be the answer to the Lakers' troubles.



Nate McMillan

McMillan is no stranger to the NBA head coaching scene. He has had long stints with the SuperSonics and Trail Blazers since 2000. Like D’Antoni, his relationships with some of the Lakers stars will be appealing. They were both assistants on Team USA’s recent gold medal success in London.

But his "defense first" mindset might not be the piece of the puzzle the Lakers are currently missing. 


Jerry Sloan

The 70-year-old still had fight left in him when he left the Utah Jazz in February 2011. The Lakers could be interested in taking advantage of the last bit of greatness Sloan can offer.

Even with his age, Sloan might be motivated to chase that elusive championship.


Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson is experienced in leaving the Lakers, only to return again and lead the team to multiple championships.

With the temptation of a new challenge, he might be the one knocking at the door of Lakers management.



Magic Johnson

Magic briefly stepped in as Lakers coach before the end of the 1993-94 season. It was a short lived experiment that lasted just 16 games.

If the Lakers are willing to take a shot, there would be no question that Magic would have fifteen committed players with their ears wide open.


Current Lakers Assistants

Mike Woodson is an example of how promoting from within can be successful. The once interim head coach has led the Knicks to a 3-0 start.

Current LA Lakers assistant Steve Clifford has had plenty of NBA experience in the passenger seat and might be gunning for a chance at the big time. Another assistant, Eddie Jordan, may be looked at due to his previous head coaching experience with the Washington Wizards.