Los Angeles has not yet made a decision on the future of coach Mike D’Antoni, according to Bresnahan, but the team plans to make a decision shortly after the end of the regular season.
They still owe [D'Antoni] $4 million next season and don’t want to look like a franchise with a coaching turnstile.
But Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol don’t support his small-ball offense and Lakers fans don’t support him, period.
So the team will decide fairly quickly after the April 16 regular-season finale — pay him to not coach the team, just like Mike Brown, or try to make it work next season.
CaCHooKa Man wrote:i was at the game tonight and the entire crowd booed MDA when he was introduced
Report: Lakers leaning toward keeping Mike D’Antoni
Dan Feldman Apr 2, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT
Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant reportedly wanted Mike D’Antoni fired. Pau Gasol and D’Antoni have had their run-ins. As have Chris Kaman and D’Antoni.
Oh, and the Lakers stink. At 25-49, they’re on pace for their worst record in 54 years.
Momentum appears to be squarely against D’Antoni – though not necessarily in the Lakers’ front office.
Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report:
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.
The first sentence is very useful information. The second sentence is a pretty major qualifier. It sounds as if the Lakers are somewhere in the vicinity of 55-45 for keeping D’Antoni – hardly odds that justify betting big money on D’Antoni’s return.
There is no doubt D’Antoni, the 2004-05 Coach of the Year, was a great coach. His high-tempo Suns won 62, 54, 61 and 55 games between 2004-05 and 2007-08.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, D’Antoni should be tickled. Since D’Antoni’s peak Phoenix offenses took the league by storm, other teams are playing faster and shooting more 3-pointers
D’Antoni was ahead of his time, which leads to the question… How good a coach is D’Antoni now?
Maybe his schematic advantage has slipped since other coaches have caught onto the value of playing quickly and shooting 3s. That leaves D’Antoni to set himself apart by continuously innovating and better teach his schemes.
But it seems D’Antoni’s message is already wearing thin in Los Angeles – though thanks to the coach’s agent, Kaman is talking a much softer tone now – and players don’t tend to listen better with more time.
The factor most working in D’Antoni’s favor: The Lakers might settle for one more rebuilding year next season – getting younger and avoiding the luxury tax (and delaying repeater penalties) before a loaded 2015 free agent class that includes Kevin Love. If they do that, they as might as well keep D’Antoni rather than paying two coaches. Plus, they’ll be better positioned to hire a new coach a year later when the team is better.
I doubt that plan would sit well with Kobe, who wants to contend immediately. So, if the Lakers keep D’Antoni due to rebuilding, it could cause a rift between the coach and the team’s biggest star.
In other words, the Lakers are weighing paying an extra few million for coaching and the odds of internal combustion. Not a fun choice, but it would at least be understandable why they’d keep D’Antoni.
Weezy wrote:They can afford a new practice facility, but they can't eat 4 mil to end this 'Antoni nightmare? Players don't like him, fans hate him, and we'll probably have the worst Lakers record ever while giving up 120 points regularly. What's to decide here? I don't buy that we're keeping him, fans won't stand for it, they've already stopped tuning in to games in large numbers.
TIME wrote:So a couple of days ago I had a dream in which the Lakers fired D'Antoni. That was a happy dream. But then I woke up.
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