Mar 12, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT
Kobe Bryant expects the Lakers front office to turn the Lakers roster around fast. By the start of next season fast (when he will return from his fractured knee). I expect Emily Ratajkowski to call me so we can go out tonight. You can expect whatever you want, doesn’t make it reality.
But if Kobe wants a coaching change… that could happen.
Bryant, sources said, has “no interest” in playing for D’Antoni next season, and wants a new coach in place for the ’14-’15 season.
As Deveney notes, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith suggested Mike D’Antoni would be ousted so the Lakers could chase Carmelo Anthony this summer. I don’t know Smith’s sources, but they sound pretty New York based. I’ll simply say from Los Angeles the Lakers are lukewarm at best on going hard at Carmelo Anthony. Does anyone really see him and Kobe as making the team a contender and providing the franchise a good base for the future?
However nobody in Los Angeles seems to think D’Antoni is the long-term answer, either.
The reason to bring him back is to save money and try to find some young gems. If the Lakers are going to be relatively bad (likely better than this year with a healthy Kobe and a high draft pick) why spend the extra money to bring in another coach?
Because Kobe wants it.
Because Mike D’Antoni’s run-and-gun style is a poor fit for 35-year-old Kobe who operates best as a post or elbow player at this point in his career.
That’s two good reasons (plus most of the fan base would welcome it). Elite players should at least be consulted by teams on issues and personnel (something Kobe expressed Wednesday he is frustrated is not happening right now). And as the Lakers are selling Kobe the next couple years to the fan base as they rebuild — he should be happy and in an offense that works for him.
D’Antoni is on thin ice however you view it. Everything in Los Angeles is not his fault — the Lakers have done a very poor job of giving him elite talent that fits his system (the roster was why he was an odd hire to begin with) — but he is going to take the fall. The question is when.
If Kobe wants it sooner rather than later….
Apr 25, 2015, 1:28 AM EDT(Edit)
Leonard was fantastic at both ends of the court.
Apr 25, 2015, 12:18 AM EDT(Edit)
The Wizards are moving on. That’s the Truth.
Apr 24, 2015, 10:30 PM EDT(Edit)
Dwight Howard grabbed 26 rebounds, too.
Apr 24, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT(Edit)
Portland, down 0-2 to Memphis, needs all the help it can get.
Apr 24, 2015, 7:30 PM EDT(Edit)
Parker is going to finish his degree at Duke.
Apr 24, 2015, 6:45 PM EDT(Edit)
The Warriors eventually won in overtime regardless.
Apr 24, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT(Edit)
Looking past the first round to some of the more exciting later matchups to come.
Apr 24, 2015, 5:15 PM EDT(Edit)
The long-running rift continues.
LeBron James on why Kevin Love gets criticized: ‘When you have a big three, they’ve got to find someone’
Apr 24, 2015, 3:47 PM EDT(Edit)
With Heat, it was Chris Bosh
Apr 24, 2015, 2:33 PM EDT(Edit)
Spurs assistant coach achieved incredible success in Europe
Apr 24, 2015, 1:55 PM EDT(Edit)
Which is ridiculous
Apr 24, 2015, 1:07 PM EDT(Edit)
Despite the chess match going on, guys still have to just hit their looks.
Apr 24, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT(Edit)
Brave to admit the mistake, but still not inspiring
Apr 24, 2015, 11:52 AM EDT(Edit)
Johnson a borderline top-10 prospect
Apr 24, 2015, 10:33 AM EDT(Edit)
Is his scoring, size and athleticism worth the trouble? It won’t take long for an NBA team to say yes
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- The Truth (and Marcin Gortat) will set Washington free, up 3-0 on Toronto after win 1
- James Harden scores 42 points to lead Rockets to Game 3 win, 3-0 series lead over Mavericks 14
- Why can’t the Pelicans foul in a timely manner? 7
- PBT Extra: No Rajon Rondo, no Chandler Parsons, Dallas is in trouble vs. Houston 6
- Stephen Curry hits ridiculous corner three to force OT (VIDEO) 18
- Bulls pull away in double-overtime to take 3-0 lead over Bucks 10