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Lakers Rumors: Marshall Thundering Herd Reach Out To Mike D’Antoni

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UPDATE (6:43 PM PT) – According to Jeff Borzello, there is mutual interest between Mike D’Antoni and Marshall University should the Lakers move in a different direction:

“If he isn’t with the Lakers, I believe he will be at Marshall because there is mutual interest.”

The Lakers are currently in the midst of one of the worst seasons in their storied career. Fair or not, head coach Mike D’Antoni is taking most of the heat for the team’s poor performance, despite the team being marred by injuries throughout the entire season.

With many expecting the Lakers to go in a different direction next season, D’Antoni’s alma mater has reached out to him, according to Jeff Goodman and Marc Stein of ESPN:

Marshall University has reached out to Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni to gauge his interest in coaching his alma mater, according to sources close to the process.

Should D’Antoni decide to make the switch to college basketball it would be a major transition for the former Marshall guard. D’Antoni has only coached professional basketball in his tenure and is most known for his days in Phoenix, where he came to fame under the seven seconds or less offense.

Despite the interest on Marshall’s side, D’Antoni is not expected to take the job even if the Lakers decide to move on from him, via ESPN:

But sources stressed D’Antoni is highly unlikely to make such a switch even if the Lakers opt for a change at season’s end.

With D’Antoni’s offense focused around certain types of players, many have felt that his coaching style may be more suited for the college game, where he would have the ability to bring in players to fit his system.

While an opportunity to coach at the university for whom he played four seasons may entice him, D’Antoni would most certainly want to remain in the NBA.

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Despite all of the injuries, D’Antoni has done a decent job of keeping the team competitive in most games. If given the right personnel for his system, D’Antoni has proven that he is capable of coaching a highly successful team. That team just may not be the Lakers.
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  • Lakers Fan

    If he was smart, he would take that job. His way of coaching is the perfect fit for a college basketball team. He more than likely know he won’t be back next year, and I don’t see him being the head coach of any other team, especially after quitting on the Knicks and the way his 2 seasons has panned out here. The most I can see him doing is being an assistant or developmental coach in the NBA. He is not cut out to be a head coach in the NBA for more reasons than one, defense and benching players without reason being the most glaring holes. I don’t really pay any attention to Marshall, but I think it would be a good move for him to go back to his old college and coach. Maybe he is what they need to finally get a chance to get some national attention.

  • Slava

    I hope Kobe and Pau and the rest of the organization pays him to leave. I would feel it would be a successful season if he leaves.

  • Sylvia Ross

    Maybe they know something we don’t. Hope he leaves though. Can’t wait until he’s gone.

  • vdogg

    marshall — you can have him. i will personally drive mike d’antoni to LAX. i might even slow the car down when i let him out.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yeah please take him pretty please.Get MDA far away from the Lakers!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Marshall is the alma mater of Mike D’Antoni he went to college there.It is a job he will love taking for certain as most ex players turned coach relish the chance to coach their alma mater guys like Roy Williams and Eddie Jordan have returned to coach their schools they attended and they love it.D’Antoni is best off leaving in a mutual split with the Lakers rather than a comical cruel firing.

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