While Phil Jackson is busy rebuilding the New York Knicks on the East Coast, Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, his former bosses, are busy with the same task in L.A.
The Purple and Gold brass has already interviewed a handful of candidates for the position and figure to talk to several more before the process—which Kupchak described as "deliberate," via USA Today's Sam Amick—is through and someone's been hired.
The Lakers have already made it clear that they want someone who can get the "most productivity" out of their superstar, per Serena Winters of Lakers Nation, and would prefer that person bring some semblance of coaching experience to the job.
But leading the Lakers through the choppy waters ahead of them will require more than a buddy-buddy relationship with Kobe Bryant or a CV stocked with wins and accolades. Sacrilegious as it may sound to Angelenos, the Lakers are due for an extensive rebuild that could take years.
As such, they'll need a coach with the patience and persistence to teach young players how to win—and the loyalty to stick around if/when the losses pile up.
With those criteria in mind, let's examine some of the names who've been strongly linked to the Purple and Gold to see if we can suss out an order of fitness among them.