Reports Give Conflicting Information On Mike D’Antoni’s Future
The Los Angeles Lakers have historically been a stable organization.
Yet, the past couple years have seen more inconsistency since the retirement of Phil Jackson by going through multiple head coaches (Mike Brown & Mike D’Antoni), multiple injuries by Kobe Bryant and a 25-53 this season.
According to ESPNLA.com’s Dave McMenamin, the Lakers are leaning toward letting D’Antoni go.
Despite reports out there that the Lakers could be leaning toward retaining Mike D’Antoni, my sources tell me that is not the case. If anything, they’re leaning toward relieving him of his coaching duties at the end of the season.
Reports are conflicting as Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report is reporting that the team is thinking of keeping the former New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns coach.
D’Antoni has one more guaranteed season left on his Lakers contract, and the club is leaning toward retaining him despite some privately disgruntled players and massive public disdain. It’s not clear which way the Lakers will go with him.
As NBC Sports reports the conflict could be due to a couple issues.
1. The Lakers’ persuasions have changed. They’ve gone 0-4 since Ding’s report, and although D’Antoni can do only so much with this roster, he hasn’t impressed anyone in this stretch.
2. The Lakers don’t know what they’ll do, and the difference between McMenamin’s and Ding’s reports is their sources’ agendas. The Lakers have multiple decision-makers, and it’s possible not everyone agrees on D’Antoni.
We know one thing for sure, According to GM Mike Kupchak to USA Today, Kobe Bryant will not be a part of the talks on what to do with their head coach.
Kupchak: “We will not consult with him. No, we won’t consult with him.”
Q: Because when he was asked about Mike last week, the perception was that he didn’t go to bat for him publicly. That started the storyline of “Well, Mike’s not coming back because it doesn’t seem like Kobe wants him back.”
Kupchak: “We won’t consult with him. Our decisions going forward — we’re not going to do knee-jerk stuff. We’ll let the season end, and take some time. We’ve got a lot of injuries and surgeries to sort through. That’s a lot to accomplish. We have the draft coming up?”
Q: Do you have clarity on that (D’Antoni) decision yet?
Kupchak: “No. No. In fact, I told Jimmy (Buss) let’s get to the end season, take some time off…then review the season. Look at our roster. I mean we have a plan. We’ve aligned our contracts in such a way where we’re at a position where we’re not financially stuck. But there’s a lot we don’t know. We don’t know where we’re going to get our pick. Are we going to be sixth, are we going to be eighth, are we going to be two or three? We don’t know. We know who may be a free agent, but we don’t know for sure until June 30. So we know a lot, and we’re set up to take advantage of the situations — whether it’s to make a trade, take back a player, get a good draft choice, pursue free agency. But once again, it’s a different world than it was 20 years ago. And as much as we’d like to be very competitive and competing for a championship next year, it may or may not happen, ok?”
Things just don’t seem to be looking great in Lakerland these days.
What you guys like to see happen to the Lakers head coaching decision?