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List of Los Angeles Lakers head coaches

Phil Jackson has won five championships in two stints coached with the Lakers.

The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California, formerly known as the Minneapolis Lakers from 1948 to 1960.[1] They play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA) The Lakers have played their home games at the Staples Center since 1999.[2] The franchise took its official name from Minnesota's nickname, the Land of 10,000 Lakes. At the time the name was revealed, the Lakers were in Minneapolis.[3] In their franchise history, the team has only missed the NBA playoffs five times.[4] According to Forbes magazine, the Lakers are the second most valuable basketball franchise in the NBA, valued at approximately US$1 billion, surpassed only by the New York Knicks.[5] The Lakers are majority-owned by Jerry Buss's family trust, while Mitch Kupchak is the general manager.[6]

There have been 24 Jim Pollard, Jerry West, Riley, Magic Johnson, Kurt Rambis, and Byron Scott have all played and head coached for the Lakers.


Key

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
# Number of coaches[a]
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Lakers
dagger Elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach
*dagger Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach and
spent entire coaching career with the Lakers

Coaches

Jerry West was head coach of the Lakers for three seasons.
Pat Riley coached the team to four championships in the 1980s.
Mike D'Antoni, the previous head coach of the Lakers.
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013–14 season. The list does not include NBL seasons.
# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 Kundla, JohnJohn Kundla*dagger 19481958 653 390 263 .597 82 54 28 .659 5 Championships (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954)[7]
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[13]
[9]
2 Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan* 1958 39 9 30 .231 [14]
Kundla, JohnJohn Kundla*dagger 1958–1959 72 33 39 .458 13 6 7 .462 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[13] [9]
3 Castellani, JohnJohn Castellani* 1959–1960 36 11 25 .306 [15]
4 Pollard, JimJim Pollard 1960 39 14 25 .359 9 5 4 .556 [16]
5 Schaus, FredFred Schaus* 19601967 560 315 245 .563 71 33 38 .465 [17]
6 van Breda Kolff, ButchButch van Breda Kolff 19671969 164 107 57 .652 33 21 12 .636 [18]
7 Mullaney, JoeJoe Mullaney 19691971 164 94 70 .573 30 16 14 .533 [19]
8 Sharman, BillBill Sharmandagger 19711976 410 246 164 .600 37 22 15 .595 1971–72 NBA Coach of the Year[8]
1 Championship (1972)[7]
[10]
9 West, JerryJerry West* 19761979 246 145 101 .589 22 8 14 .364 [20]
10 McKinney, JackJack McKinney 1979 14 10 4 .714 [21]
11 Westhead, PaulPaul Westhead 19791981 161 111 50 .689 19 13 6 .684 1 Championship (1980)[7] [22]
12 Riley, PatPat Rileydagger 19811990 727 533 194 .733 149 102 47 .685 1989–90 NBA Coach of the Year[8]
4 Championships (1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)[7]
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[13]
[11]
13 Dunleavy, MikeMike Dunleavy 19901992 164 101 63 .616 23 13 10 .565 [23]
14 Pfund, RandyRandy Pfund* 19921994 146 66 80 .452 5 2 3 .400 [24]
15 Bertka, BillBill Bertka* 1994 2 1 1 .500 [25]
16 Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson* 1994 16 5 11 .313 [26]
17 Harris, DelDel Harris 19941999 340 224 116 .659 36 17 19 .472 1994–95 NBA Coach of the Year[8] [27]
Bertka, BillBill Bertka* 1999 1 1 0 1.000 [25]
18 Rambis, KurtKurt Rambis 1999 37 24 13 .649 8 3 5 .375 [28]
19 Jackson, PhilPhil Jacksondagger 19992004 410 287 123 .700 92 64 28 .696 3 Championships (2000, 2001, 2002)[7]
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[13]
[12]
20 Tomjanovich, RudyRudy Tomjanovich 2004–2005 43 24 19 .558 [29]
21 Hamblen, FrankFrank Hamblen 2005 39 10 29 .256 [30]
Jackson, PhilPhil Jacksondagger 20052011 492 323 169 .657 89 54 35 .607 2 Championships (2009, 2010)[7]
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[13]
[12]
22 Brown, MikeMike Brown 20112012 71 42 29 .591 12 5 7 .417 [31]
23 Bickerstaff, BernieBernie Bickerstaff 2012 5 4 1 .800 [32]
24 D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni 20122014 154 67 87 .435 4 0 4 .000 [33]
25 Scott, ByronByron Scott 2014–present 82 21 61 .258 0 0 0 .000

Notes

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Lakers. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.

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