Mike D’Antoni is out as the Lakers head coach, and Magic Johnson couldn’t be happier.
Shortly after news broke that D’Antoni’s days in LA are over, Johnson sent out a tweet saying “Happy days are here again! Mike D’Antoni resigns as the Lakers coach. I couldn’t be happier!”
While Johnson may have been wise to wait a bit longer before celebrating a man losing his job, it’s safe to assume that most members of Lakers nation probably feel the same way. D’Antoni wasn’t given much of a roster to work with, but he didn’t do a very good job getting the most out of what little talent he had, either.
So now that D’Antoni is gone, who might be the Lakers next head coach?
Don’t listen to anyone who says this isn’t an extremely attractive job. I don’t care how old or shallow the Lakers’ roster is, the team is one of the league’s premier franchises and has a huge, rabid fan base. When an opening like this pops up, people come calling.
In fact, Yahoo! Sports reporter Marc J. Spears says one reputable coach already wants to throw his name in the coaching search hat: former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.
The Lakers would be wise to reciprocate Hollins’ interest. Hollins led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals last year after a franchise-best 56 win season. He reportedly left the team because his vision for the team was incompatible with the vision of management.
The LA Times reports that George Karl, Byron Scott, Jeff Van Gundy, and Kurt Rambis are already penciled in for interviews with the team. Phil Jackson understudy Steve Kerr is reportedly interested in talking with the team as well.
Whoever signs on will be the Lakers fourth coach since 2011, and will inherit a big name team with big holes to fill.