All athletes need their head coaches. The success on the field of play is dictated by the demeanor and vision of the man with the clipboard. There is no sport that this is more true of than in the NBA.
Head coaches in the Association are always on the chopping block. It is a quickly played sport and results are measured in between timeouts. The pace of a game requires a keen eye to identify exhaustion, mismatches, as well as players with a hot hand.
Head coaches also need to be mentors and counselors in the locker room, many times needing to assuage a player after a bad game. The Los Angeles Lakers have had the luxury of some of the finest minds to coach roundball. Here is my list of the top 10.