4 Outside-the-Box Head Coaches Lakers Should Target to Replace Darvin Ham

The Los Angeles Lakers shouldn't ignore these four fascinating head coaching candidates.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are still looking for their next head coach. After firing Darvin Ham following the first-round loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers are scouring the head coach market to find a suitable replacement.

It has been reported that the Lakers are prioritizing experience in their coaching search. Whether they opt for an experienced coach or a first-timer, the Lakers also need to think outside the box. They are a unique franchise with a unique situation with LeBron James, so it behooves them to not leave any stone unturned. Here are four names they should be considering:

Becky Hammon

Despite being a head coach in the early stages of her career, Becky Hammon is already one of the most respected and decorated coaches in the game. After spending eight years under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, Hammon was hired as the head coach for the Las Vegas Aces. In her first two seasons there, she won back-to-back championships while creating one of the most dominant teams in WNBA history.

Over the past few seasons, Hammon has interviewed for multiple head coaching vacancies in the NBA. She is a very good bet to become the first woman to be a head coach in the NBA one day.

The WNBA season is about to start in a few days so it's unclear whether Hammon would leave her position to join the Lakers. However, she should certainly be considered by the Lakers front office. The historical importance of the hire aside, Hammon is an obviously qualified and high-ceiling head coach who could help the Lakers reach new heights.