The next Los Angeles Lakers coach will be the franchise’s sixth since Phil Jackson last coached the team in 2011.

As high-pressure, high-profile coveted jobs go, this one is at the top of the list now that that after three seasons.

The Lakers are a franchise desperate for success after six consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance.

And the next coach is an important hire for the franchise. Los Angeles has LeBron James, but he is 34, and there are only so many elite seasons left. Plus, the Lakers need to fast-track the development of their young core and bring in another All-Star.

The front office, led right now by general manager Rob Pelinka after  Tuesday, and owner Jeanie Buss can’t miss on the coaching hire.

It’s early

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