Worst Names in Lakers Coaching Search

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And Derek Fisher triumphantly returns to Los Angeles as the Lakers' new head coach!

Not really, but wouldn't that be a shocker?

After an abysmal 1-4 start, the Lakers fired head coach Mike Brown, causing even more uproar in a basketball city that's been on the brink of panic. 

Now the Lakers have an abundance of coaches waiting in the wings for a chance to coach one of the most storied franchises in sports. But many of these potential coaches have hapless histories of their own.

Can you imagine Stan Van Gundy reunited with Dwight Howard? That would be a hazardous situation to say the least. 

Nate MacMillan is well-respected for his NBA experience, but he took a stumble as the head coach in Portland. MacMillan led the Trail Blazers to a playoff berth three years in a row, but they were a first-round exit in each of those three years despite his team's talent and depth.

So far this season, the Lakers' experiments with the Princeton offense have been relatively successful, but their defense has been atrocious; they're ranked 22nd in Defensive Efficiency according to ESPN's John Hollinger.

Mike D'Antoni is not known for his defensive prowess. Not to mention, his inability to manage a superstar (see: Carmelo Anthony) led to his ousting in New York. Neither of those traits bode well for coaching in L.A.

Lakers fans may be praying for a Phil Jackson return—coming back in all his zen glory to instill the Triangle offense and reroute this highly touted team to tangible results. However, let's just say that scenario is unlikely.

Who do you think are the Lakers' best and worst options to fill the vacant head coach position?

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