List of Los Angeles Lakers head coaches

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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 head coaches for the Lakers since joining the NBA. The franchise's first head coach while in the NBA was John Kundla, who coached for 11 seasons with the Lakers.[1] The Lakers won four additional NBA championships in the next five years under Kundla.[1] Phil Jackson is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (820), most playoff games coached (181), most regular-season game wins (553), and most playoff wins (118). The Lakers have won 16 championships; five with Kundla, five with Phil Jackson, four with Riley, one with Bill Sharman, and one with Paul Westhead.[7] With the Lakers, Sharman, Riley, and Del Harris have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, in 1972, 1990, and 1995 respectively.[8] Kundla, Bill Sharman, Riley and Jackson have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[9][10][11][12] George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Jerry West, Riley, Magic Johnson, and Kurt Rambis have all played and head coached for the Lakers. The team's current head coach is Mike D'Antoni.


Key[edit]

GCGames coached
WWins
LLosses
Win%Winning percentage
#Number of coaches[a]
*Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Lakers
daggerElected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach
*daggerElected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach and
spent entire coaching career with the Lakers

Coaches[edit]

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 is the Lakers current head coach.

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2012–13 season. The list does not include NBL seasons.

#NameTerm[b]GCWLWin%GCWLWin%AchievementsReference
Regular seasonPlayoffs
1Kundla, JohnJohn Kundla*dagger19481958653390263.597825428.6595 Championships (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954)[7]
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[13]
[9]
2Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan*195839930.2317000100000000000000700010000000000000070001000000000000007000100000000000000[14]
7000300000000000000Kundla, JohnJohn Kundla*dagger1958–1959723339.4581367.462One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[13][9]
70004000000000000003Castellani, JohnJohn Castellani*1959–1960361125.3067000100000000000000700010000000000000070001000000000000007000100000000000000[15]
70005000000000000004Pollard, JimJim Pollard1960391425.359954.556[16]
70006000000000000005Schaus, FredFred Schaus*19601967560315245.563713338.465[17]
70007000000000000006van Breda Kolff, ButchButch van Breda Kolff1967196916410757.652332112.636[18]
70008000000000000007Mullaney, JoeJoe Mullaney196919711649470.573301614.533[19]
70009000000000000008Sharman, BillBill Sharmandagger19711976410246164.600372215.5951971–72 NBA Coach of the Year[8]
1 Championship (1972)[7]
[10]
70011000000000000009West, JerryJerry West*19761979246145101.58922814.364[20]
700111000000000000010McKinney, JackJack McKinney197914104.7147000100000000000000700010000000000000070001000000000000007000100000000000000[21]
700112000000000000011Westhead, PaulPaul Westhead1979198116111150.68919136.6841 Championship (1980)[7][22]
700113000000000000012Riley, PatPat Rileydagger19811990727533194.73314910247.6851989–90 NBA Coach of the Year[8]
4 Championships (1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)[7]
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[13]
[11]
700114000000000000013Dunleavy, MikeMike Dunleavy1990199216410163.616231310.565[23]
700115000000000000014Pfund, RandyRandy Pfund*199219941466680.452523.400[24]
700116000000000000015Bertka, BillBill Bertka*1994211.5007000100000000000000700010000000000000070001000000000000007000100000000000000[25]
700117000000000000016Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson*199416511.3137000100000000000000700010000000000000070001000000000000007000100000000000000[26]
700118000000000000017Harris, DelDel Harris19941999340224116.659361719.4721994–95 NBA Coach of the Year[8][27]
7001190000000000000Bertka, BillBill Bertka*19991101.0007000100000000000000700010000000000000070001000000000000007000100000000000000[25]
700120000000000000018Rambis, KurtKurt Rambis1999372413.649835.375[28]
700121000000000000019Jackson, PhilPhil Jacksondagger19992004410287123.700926428.6963 Championships (2000, 2001, 2002)[7]
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[13]
[12]
700122000000000000020Tomjanovich, RudyRudy Tomjanovich2004–2005432419.5587000100000000000000700010000000000000070001000000000000007000100000000000000[29]
700123000000000000021Hamblen, FrankFrank Hamblen2005391029.2567000100000000000000700010000000000000070001000000000000007000100000000000000[30]
7001240000000000000Jackson, PhilPhil Jacksondagger20052011492323169.657895435.6072 Championships (2009, 2010)[7]
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[13]
[12]
700125000000000000022Brown, MikeMike Brown20112012714229.5911257.417[31]
700126000000000000023Bickerstaff, BernieBernie Bickerstaff2012541.8007000100000000000000700010000000000000070001000000000000007000100000000000000[32]
700127000000000000024D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni2012–present724032.556700040000000000000050000000000000000007000400000000000000.000[33]

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References[edit]

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