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Report: Lakers are not making in-season coaching change

Mar 10, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

Mike D'Antoni AP

There is just more than a month left in the Lakers’ season and for that time Mike D’Antoni will remain the Lakers coach.

That’s the report from Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin at ESPNLA, which was always the logical decision despite some ugly losses (48 points to the Clippers, which sparked GM Mitch Kupchak and co-owner Jim Buss to sit down separately with D’Antoni).

After a series of discussions following a stretch of historically bad losses this week, the Los Angeles Lakers do not believe an in-season coaching change will help the team and remain inclined to support Mike D’Antoni over the final 19 games of the season, sources with knowledge of the situation told

What would be the point of a coaching change right now? That was true even before the upset win over the Thunder — the Lakers are going to be bad and get a high draft pick, the playoffs are out of the picture, why go the through the hassle and drama (and extra money you have to pay whoever gets promoted) at this point?

This summer, that’s a different story.

The Lakers are going to sell their fans a final couple years of Kobe Bryant while they try to rebuild the roster over the next few years. If you are going to showcase Kobe at this point in his career, D’Antoni’s free wheeling system is a poor vehicle. Kobe should be in a half court offense where he gets the ball at the elbow or in the post, maybe have him work off some picks and get the ball while cutting. He can’t run like D’Antoni wants to run. Even last season when Kobe and Pau Gasol were healthy they constantly broke out of D’Antoni’s sets to run what they wanted.

Lakers management could decide not to spend more on another coach this summer, let D’Antoni continue through another likely very rough rebuilding season. Nobody seems to think D’Antoni is the long-term answer, the question remains is he fine in the short term?

In the very short term — the rest of this season — yes. After that the door swings open.

  1. shuttaman1990 - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    lol why the hell would they fire him mid season? He’s staying with us till this season’s boat sink and we get a new boat and ditch him on the sinking 2013-2014 season boat!

    Lakers all day!

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Lol D’Antoni is your coach!

  2. spthegr8 - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    That’s worse news then when they hired him! Keep up the goood work Jimbo!! SMFH!!

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 10, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Because getting a new coach now will do the team any good. If they’re smart they’ll keep him next year too, and rake in another high pick.

  3. coltzfan166 - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Fire him now and call Phil Jackson before he takes the Knicks front office job!

  4. mogogo1 - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    The only time he made any sense at all was back when the dream was still to turn back the clock and have him and Nash do an encore of their time together in Phoenix. But the dream only lasted until everyone figured out Nash wasn’t the same player any more and that nobody else on the Lakers roster fit D’Antoni’s style.

  5. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    No sense in paying two coaches to not reach the playoffs. Save it to pay Kobe’s extension.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      It would be three. Lakers still paying off Mike Brown as well.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        My bad, thank you for the correction and the laugh :)

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        I thought once Mike Brown was hired in Cleveland, they only had to pay the difference between his Lakers contract and his new contract (which I think was bigger than his Lakers one)? I could be completely wrong though…

    • dinofrank60 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      Thy got enough to pay four coaches, Kobe’s extension, three new, ugly statues and the last 20 years of Jerry and Jim Buss’ girlfriends combined/ They are flush with cash.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:07 AM

        I guess you’re not familiar with “sarcasm”.

        Look it up.

  6. 00maltliquor - Mar 10, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Can Jim and/or Mitch please just drop the “Vote of Confidence” down on D’Antoni!? I just want to hear those words, I’m scared they will keep him all next year too. I just need to hear the vote of confidence come out their mouth so it may put my soul at ease.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Isn’t that what malt liquor’s for?

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 10, 2014 at 8:19 PM


  7. dinofrank60 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Do you want MDA with a say in choosing the lottery pick?

  8. unxpexted1 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    He’s got to go. I know we were going to be bad this year and lose a lot of games, plus we have injuries. But the fact that he can’t get his team to play ANY D is just unacceptable. If i read correctly somewhere else we are averaging 140 points per game in a 2 game stretch before the OKC when. That doesn’t cut it.

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