Among the rumored names to fill the Lakers' head coaching vacancy are Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, Mike D'Antoni, and Brian Shaw.
The Los Angeles Lakers have completed the first step of the makeover process with the firing of head coach Mike Brown. The search for the next coach will begin immediately, the team said, but the available options pose obstacles of their own.
When reached by Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel, Van Gundy joked, "I'm sure I'm at the top of their list."
Mike D'Antoni has long been a favorite of Bryant, and is reportedly on the short list of available options.
Phil Jackson won five championships with the Lakers but is currently enjoying retirement, is likely the most attractive options to fans, but bringing him back won't be easy, and will be expensive.
Marc J. Spears spoke to a source close to Phil Jackson who said, "Its a good situation for him.But his heart has to be in it.Thats a discussion he has to have with himself. They kicked him to the curb. Now they are in the same position. Maybe worse."
Former Lakers player and coach Brian Shaw, who lost out to Brown before last season and is now an assistant with the Indiana Pacers, spoke with Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. "It's understandable that Brian Shaw just laughed when I mentioned the Lakers job to him at shootaround. Things ended ugly in LA for him," Wells treated.