Odds on Who Will Be the Lakers’ Next Head Coach

The Lakers have finally fired head coach Luke Walton leaving LeBron coachless for his long playoff road ahead summer off. There has been all kinds of speculation of who was going to take over. Would Jason Kidd get a second second chance at coaching? Would LeBron and his puppet, Ty Lue, get a reunion? Would LeBron just take over himself as player-coach? Well, the last two are the same thing, but regardless, the vacancy needs to be filled.

Thankfully, just like who will end up on the iron throne and how long it will take Gronk to end up working for Barstool, you can bet on who will be the next head coach of the Lakers. Here are the favorites:

Now for the longshots.

Let me start with who will never ever in a million billion years will be the coach of the Lakers: John Calipari. How about we go ahead and squash those rumors before they even start?

Definite no’s:
Magic (awkward), Walton (lol), Coach K, Izzo, Stackhouse, Cheeks, Painter, Brown Scott, Phil Jackson, Shaw, Charles, Jackson, Van Gundy.

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Longshots, but possible:
Fizdale, Fisher, Thibs.

And the rest of the possibilites:

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Sean Miller
I think this is probably a 1% chance and that is only if the FBI probe into Arizona goes horribly wrong. Right now, it doesn’t look like anything is going to happen.

Chris Beard
Again, more of 1% chance, but Chris Beard is far too good of a coach to stay at Texas Tech for too much longer.

Juwon Howard
I don’t know too much about him, but the media seems to think very highly of him. Right now, he is an assistant with the Heat looking towards making the jump to head coaching.

Jason Kidd
I have no idea how this guy is the favorite right now. He did an aggressively mediocre job in his 5 seasons of coaching, just barely making it to .500 in 4 of 5 season. But, .500 would be an improvement for the Lakers and that’s what is important.

Tyronn Lue
Of course, this is LeBron’s first choice. The Lakers, having no real idea why LeBron came there in the first place, are surely going to do whatever they can to keep him happy. No one takes a step back and let’s his superstars coach quite like Ty Lue. As of now, this would be my favorite to take the job.

LeBron James
Cannot count this possibility out. It would be stupid to do, but look at the entire dumpster fire that is the LA organization right now. Who is to say that LeBron won’t just demand it and get his way? At +50000 odds, it is definitely worth putting $5 on.

Might I also suggest Rick Pitino?

Jason Kidd Is the Favorite to Be the Next Coach of the Lakers

We don’t know a lot about the future of the Los Angeles Lakers organization, but one thing is for certain: Luke Walton’s days are numbered as the head coach. There are already rumors that he has been told that he will be fired at season’s end. Number one rule of building a franchise is keeping franchise players happy. You’d think the Lakers would know this by now.

They need new coach and they need one sooner rather than later. And right now, Jason Kidd is the favorite to be the head coach Game 1 next year.

This is absolutely crazy to me. Jason Kidd was terrible for Bucks. Why in the world would they want him? Maybe LeBron respects him and would actually try if he were the coach. If I were LeBron though, I would want Tyronn Lue. He basically ran the Cavs entire organization.

The end of the list really made me laugh though. Coach K ever leaving Duke? No, he will die on the sideline. Bill Self? No, he seems content with his mediocre Kansas career. Same for Tom Izzo at Michigan State. The fact Magic Johnson was on this list is fantastic. Imagine him getting so fed up that he actually coaches the team.

Don’t think for a second (or 15) that I would forget about Rick Pitino. I just need him back in my life. He has betrayed allegiances before, and he will do it again. He went to Louisville after Kentucky, had an affair in the bathroom of an Italian restaurant and he would absolutely take the Lakers job after having been with the Celtics.