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Lakers Rumors: Team Leaning Toward Keeping Mike D’Antoni Next Season

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With the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated from the playoffs since March and headed for their worst franchise record in 54 years, there has been speculation that the team may move in a different direction with head coach Mike D’Antoni.

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However, Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding says the franchise is leaning toward retaining D’Antoni, who has one more guaranteed season left on his Lakers contract:

“D’Antoni has one more guaranteed season left on his Lakers contract, and the club is leaning toward retaining him despite some privately disgruntled players and massive public disdain. It’s not clear which way the Lakers will go with him.”

After firing Mike Brown five games into the season last year and not hiring Phil Jackson, D’Antoni has been heavily criticized since his arrival. With a franchise that is unaccustomed to losing, it has been a frustrating season to say the least. However, injuries have completely derailed the past two seasons and Kobe Bryant recently mentioned that D’Antoni hasn’t gotten a fair shake because of it.

With eight games remaining in the season, it will be an interesting off-season for the Lakers. With the franchise determined to turn it around as soon as this off-season, they will have the opportunity to do so with ample cap room and a high pick in this year’s highly anticipated draft.
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  • Guest

    its all about white thing white is taken over again look at philadelphia football and u see white is taken over again and i know people going hate me mainly white people

  • 2014 mad lakerer fan

    Why would you bring back a person who players don’t like to play for OK young players love his system playes who want to win and win now don’t we got three big who. don’t want to play for him who will walk away and we don’t get a pick for them we got Kobe sign for two years he don’t want to be in a rebuild year. His offense is made for video game lot offense no defense get real coach who love defense first

  • idanoclo

    Keep him! We want to break/set all the worst franchise and nba records that was already accomplished this season to be even worse in the next.

  • Sylvia Ross

    I see this post has been removed from the headlines. Is it because so many people are saying the same thing, d’antoni should be fired? He really should be. I have never seen this much tension in Laker land. I will be so glad when this is over and we can get on with something worth while. I know other teams are glad to see all of the petty bickering and attacks we’re doing to each other. Even though we know it’s all out of frustration it’s still hard to deal with and ignore.

  • D

    He is the only coach i know that constantly has an excue to lose but the bulls coachs loses both his star players and still wins games and is more competent then mdt if u think about he hasnt won games since the western conference went under for a few years after shaq left the lakers but the remaining good teams the spurs and the mavs beat them each time everytime he was fired with no personnel changez the team went on a run

  • purplerain53

    If they do keep MD, we will have no chances to land any quality FA this summer. If that information is true, it is time for Jeanie Buss to step in as the governor of the organization and fire the coach, who no one wants back.
    Here is one small detail, which many Lakers fans don’t know.
    After we fire M.D’Antoni, he is going to take a job with someone else. That team will have to pay about the half of his remaining salary, which is $ 4 mil.So the Lakers will have to pay him the other half. No big deal, when you have $ 150 millions from Time Warner Cable to spend every year. Right? So, there is no need to keep him here for one more season.

  • Gregory Gaylen

    Lakers should keep him… to work the concession stands selling popcorn and peanuts.

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