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Report: Lakers leaning toward firing Mike D’Antoni

Apr 9, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

ESPNLA.com’s Dave McMenamin:

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.

If this sounds like the exact opposite of what Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report reported, it is.

There are a couple possibilities here:

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.

Either way, D’Antoni’s future with the Lakers looks bleak.

If McMenamin’s report contains the newest and best information, that speaks for itself.

If the Lakers were unsure of their plans, it seems they’ve empowered Mitch Kupchak to craft the team by extending his contract – at least until Jim Buss can’t help but to supersede. If Kupchak can now implement a long-term plan, what are the odds he wants D’Antoni to coach the team? Of all the coaches available?

The best reason to keep D’Antoni was if the Lakers wanted to defer making long-term plans for another season, leaving little reason to pay two coaches at once. But if they know where they’re going, it’s probably time for D’Antoni to get going.

  1. sfsugator - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    He is horrible an will never win a nba title as a head coach. His teams play Zero D.

    • zacksdad - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      What do you mean horrible D? They help Houston to only 115 points. Oops, that was for three quarters.

      • stayhigh_247 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        in addition to his lack of defense I don’t like the way he alienates his players. He doesn’t know how to use the pieces he has. I guarantee you that Thibs, Doc, Spoesltra, or Pops could get 100x more production out of this same line up, injuries included. Damphony sucks!!!

    • romestar82 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Mike’s parents never had to worry about their child bringing home D’s on the report card

      Mike always skipped D’ on the alphabet

      Mike Antoni was his given birth name he added a D’ to solidify his resume

      Defense for Dummies was published for Mike’s Coaching abilities

  2. cantonbound13 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Noooo! Keep Mike!

  3. shuttaman1990 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Of course he’s getting fired jeez. Anyone with a functioning brain would know that.

    I just want this season to be over *SIGH*

    Lakers all day.

  4. ihavenonickname - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    bout time

  5. cruzan80 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    I’m still baffled as to how he got the job in the 1st place….

    • shuttaman1990 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Jim buss feeling some type of away about Jeanie “bussing” it wide open for Phil Jackson.
      I mean I’m baffled too, he’s keeping his sister happy, and he gave the Lakers 5 rings so why NOT hire him again!

      Lakers all day.

      • spthegr8 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        “Bussing” it wide open.??? SMH!!!! Kids these days.!!

    • spthegr8 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      ^^^ That’s simple. Jimbo is an INCOMPETENT MORON!! ^^^

    • aboogy123456 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      I think the biggest reason he was hired is because the Lakers management wanted to return to the up and down style of the Showtime lakers. This is not only Jim, but Jerry wanted this as well. Jerry was smart enough to keep phil around but it’s no secret that he wanted to change the style back to showtime. I still think they want someone who coaches a fast paced game, hopefully that means someone who also knows defense.

      • jcmeyer10 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Marc Jackson could be on the market soon

      • shuttaman1990 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Well that’s just stupid then.
        How they hell they gon force a showtime lakers pace with Kobe at that age? I mean that led to his achilles injury.
        Would’t it had been wise for them to wait until Kobe(win the most they can with him by adapting) was gone to do this?

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        I agree Shuttaman, they were more concerned with style than choosing the right coach for the team that they had. I also will never forgive D’Antoni for being short sighted and relying on Kobe to do everything for 40+ minutes a night.

  6. bougin89 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    At least he gave us a few laughs while he stammered through his first few post game interviews like he was a ringleader in a circus gone wrong last season.

  7. jusdre313 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    dude.. didnt PFT just have a story saying lakers were leaning on keeping him next year??? i swear that wasn’t even a week ago

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      PFT probably didn’t.

      PBT did. And they mentioned that in this very article, if you had read it.

      • sdlakerfan - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:53 AM

        Actually they mentioned an article by Kevin Ding of Bleacher’s Report and didn’t mention the similar article on PBT by Dan Feldman (link below). If you had read it. ;-)

        http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/02/report-lakers-leaning-toward-keeping-mike-dantoni/

  8. 00maltliquor - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Sweet Jesus just rip the band-aid off already

    • spthegr8 - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      HOLLALUJAH & THANK THE LORD!!!!!

    • Professor Fate - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      More like a body cast that will take some time to hack off with saw.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      well said

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      well said

  9. abchome - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Just let Coach Kobe take over and run the #KobeSystem!

    • provguard - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      It would save a lot of money… They wouldn’t need anyone but Nick Young to rest Kobe and saving a lot of money…

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Amen

  10. haaaaasoooooo - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Uhhhh, YA THINK?

  11. jolink653 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    You mean they may fire the coach that has compiled the second-worst single season team record in the franchise’s history? Color me shocked

  12. psubeerman21 - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    And I’m sure all defense-first coaches all have rings. Please, it’s about talent. No one, not even Phil Jackson, could do anything with this team this year. If they are hell bent on paying another coach to do nothing, fine. The season probably would have looked different if say, you know, their best player played more than a handful of games.

  13. dablakdrphil - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    I was ready for Dumbtoni to be fired the day he was hired, I already knew he was a bad fit from the very beginning

  14. omniusprime - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Dumbtoni has been the worst Laker coach ever. Hopefully Jerky Boy Jimmy and Klueless Kupcake will fire not only the worst coach but the worst point guard ever to disgrace a Laker uniform, Trash Nash. If these pieces of loser garbage aren’t fired then watch how many Laker fans desert the ship next year.

    The past two seasons have been a complete failure and it’s about time upper mismanagement earns it’s keep by bringing in some great players able to become a real championship contender. Jerky Boy Jimmy and Kupcake had better improve their game or they’ll have a franchise with too few fans.

    Fire Dumbtoni & Trash Nash Now!

  15. El Pollo Loco - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Lionel hollins line one mr kupcheck

  16. cruzan80 - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Yes….they have to beat “A” Western Conferance team to win the Championship……not THREE….nice try though.

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