The Lakers will conduct a national search for a coach to replace Mike Brown, who was fired Friday after the team's 1-4 start, barely a month into his second season with the team, which struggled badly amid high expectations.
Assistant Bernie Bickerstaff will coach Friday night's game against Golden State but the Lakers soon will begin a search for a long-term replacement. Candidates could include Mike D'Antoni, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, Nate McMillan and Brian Shaw.
Jackson had not yet been formally contacted by the team as of late Friday morning. It would be complicated for the Lakers to hire Shaw, despite his long-term relationship with Kobe Bryant. The Lakers would need permission to talk to Shaw, an associate head coach with the Indiana Pacers.
D'Antoni, Sloan and McMillan are all former NBA head coaches.
Brown's firing marked the earliest removal of a coach in the Lakers' history. Del Harris was relieved of his duties 12 games into the 1999 season.
Brown had about 10 mill...