It's hard to imagine anyone OTHER than Phil Jackson coaching the Lakers, isn't it?
Can you even name the coach that came before him? It's kind of a trick question because Jackson coached the Lakers from 1999-2004, took a year off and then returned to coach the team from 2005 until the present.
The Lakers actually had TWO coaches during the 2004-05 campaign. Rudy Tomjanovich had to resign due to health issues midway through the season and was replaced by interim coach Frank Hamblen for the remainder of the year.
In between the Pat Riley years and the Phil Jackson era, there was Mike Dunleavy, Randy Pfund (who?), Magic Johnson (5-11 in 16 games), Del Harris (1994-95 NBA Coach of the Year) and Kurt Rambis.
Del Harris was by far and away the most successful of the bunch, going 224-116 over the course of four-plus seasons.
So please excuse me for being ever so slightly concerned about Jackson's eventual replacement, especially when you consider the fact that no one seems to be discussing it at all.
This is probably the case for one of two reasons: Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak already know who will be coaching the Lakers next year or they are just a tad bit preoccupied with their journey towards another three-peat to care about anything else.
I'm guessing it's a little bit of both.
How do you even begin to replace the greatest coach in NBA history anyway? After all, the "Zen Master," best known for his use of Tex Winter's triangle offense and his philosophical approach to coaching, has only won 11 of the past 20 NBA titles.
Should be easy enough to replace, right?
With that in mind, let's take a look at some potential coaches to replace Phil Jackson at season's end...