The search is on for the Los Angeles Lakers' next head coach and there are a lot of names being suggested. However, the latest name could come as a surprise.

The name of Mike Brown has surfaced as a possible candidate to take over from Frank Vogel who was fired after three seasons. The dismissal did not sit well with linked names like Quin Snyder allegedly was not happy at how the purple and gold fired Vogel.

Brown was ironically a former coach of the Lakers from 2011 to 2012. So why would the Lakers give the 52-year-old mentor a second chance?

The Los Angeles Times reported that one reason may be because Brown previously handled James when he was still calling the shot for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Ohio native coached the Cavs from 2005 to 2010. It should be noted that James was on those teams after entering the league in 2003.

For the Lakers, it is important to take in a coach familiar with James.

But for someone who led the Lakers to a 41-25 win-loss record from 2011 to 2012 before getting fired the next season after five games, it will be interesting if the purple and gold make a push for the 2009 NBA Coach of the Year.

At the moment, Brown is serving as an associate coach for the Golden State Warriors and is the head coach of the Nigeria national basketball team.

The Lakers have other names in mind aside from Brown and Snyder. Among the names floated include Mark Jackson, Nick Nurse, Terry Stotts and Scott Brooks.

Filling up the void will not be easy. Coaching candidates are likely aware of the big mess the Lakers are in, not to mention the pressure that goes along with it.

Despite a souped-up but questionable veteran cast, the Lakers failed to make the NBA playoffs. Part of the reason for that is the injuries that beset James and Anthony Davis among others.

Mike Brown of the Golden State Warriors
Mike Brown of the Golden State Warriors Getty

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