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Lakers say any changes to remaining coaching staff will be D’Antoni’s decision

Nov 17, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston Reuters

When the Lakers parted ways with Mike Brown just over a week ago and replaced him by bringing in Mike D’Antoni, the rest of the coaching staff, to this point, has remained in place.

Bernie Bickerstaff has assumed the head coaching duties for the last four games, though his reign is expected to come to an end Sunday night, with D’Antoni still on track to make his debut as Lakers head coach against the Rockets at Staples Center.

It’s unclear whether Bickerstaff or the rest of the assistant coaches who served under Brown will be retained, but either way, the organization is letting D’Antoni be the one who makes that decision.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

Mitch Kupchak addressed the Lakers’ coaching staff situation to ESPNLosAngeles.com on Friday …

Question: Will Bickerstaff be retained on the staff?

Kupchak: “That is going to be Mike’s decision, but Bernie has done a wonderful job. He stepped into an awkward situation and really did a wonderful job.”

Question: Will D’Antoni add anybody to the staff if he does part ways with Bickerstaff or any of the rest of the assistant coaches?

Kupchak: “I’m not sure he’s going to add people. I think he’s going to add his brother (Dan D’Antoni) and then evaluate the present staff and that may take a little bit of time, so that’s kind of where it is right now.”

It’s worth noting that Bickerstaff and Eddie Jordan have been head coaches in this league in the past, and bring with them a wealth of experience. If their philosophies can mesh with what D’Antoni wants to do, they should be able to fit in and find a way to contribute, which would help maintain at least a little bit of continuity during the transition.

It also would be tough for D’Antoni to assemble a full compliment of his own guys now that the season is underway, considering that those who are elite at their profession are likely to be currently employed.

We’ll see if D’Antoni ultimately has any changes in store besides adding his brother to the staff. But as Kupchak said, nothing is likely to happen right away, and any decisions in that department will be D’Antoni’s alone to make.

  1. manchestermiracle - Nov 17, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    D’Antoni would be smart to keep Bickerstaff.

    • bozosforall - Nov 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      Pudhummer53 just wants to suck Bigger Staff.

  2. brianratm - Nov 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    The fact the Eddie Jordan still has a job in this league is laughable. If I was Mike Brown I would punch him in the face. That Princeton offense cost Brown his job. Jordan was brutal as the Nets coach and even more brutal as the sixers coach

  3. misterdreamer119 - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Dantoni should fire himself like he did with the knicks.

  4. carnelld - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    Dantoni is a stroyer

  5. carnelld - Nov 18, 2012 at 5:56 AM

    Dantoni is a destroyer of players careers. Look at what he did in NewYork. Carmello Anthony could see it and led a rebellion against Dantoni. Dantoni wanted to turn the Knicks over to Jeremy Lin.
    He will attempt to turn the Lakers into that old point guard he had at Phoenix. Look at what Lin is doing in Houston with a huge salary…..nothing. Kobe , Meta World Peace will be next. Dantoni does not like African American players in the NBA.

    • ocgunslinger - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      An NBA coach not liking African American NBA players? Dumbest statement I have ever read on these posts.

  6. omniusprime - Nov 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    The Lakers should get rid of DumbToni. The fool tries to sound like the second coming of the Zenmaster with this nonsense about flow and energy in the offense, sorry but there’s only one Zenmaster and DumbToni will never be it. Get rid of that Princeton offense fool Jordan, he has a wealth of losing coaching experience.

    After watching the final two minutes of a replay of the Lakers losing to the Spurs I can see already that the Lakers will not have what it takes coaching wise to win those close ball games. I’m not going to waste my time hoping DumbToni will do anything but wreck the Lakers and cause nothing but pandemonium amongst the players. DumbToni shouldn’t even be allowed to sweep the floors much less coach at Staples.

    Go Away DumbToni!!!

  7. iamjimmyjack - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    give us Nate McMillan dammit! We need him to coach Defense. Our team is good defensively but they need the coaching to make that a focus during games. How could you not bring in a defensive minded coach to help out with Dwight Howard. Howard still is young, he has some things to learn even though he’s already a stud. You can never stop learning in this league. Come on Mitch, make the deal.

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