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Lakers Rumors: Team Looking For ‘Peaceful, Mutual Parting’ With D’Antoni

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With the Lakers having the worst season in franchise history, fans are expecting drastic changes to happen in the coming months. One main anticipation is the dismissal of head coach Mike D’Antoni.

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Despite a myriad of injuries and a roster that didn’t fit his system, D’Antoni has taken most of the blame for the Lakers struggles over the past two years. According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, the Lakers are seemingly set on moving on from D’Antoni, but are looking for a peaceful departure:

One league source said there is sentiment within the Lakers’ executive offices for a “peaceful, mutual parting” with D’Antoni, who has one season left on his contract at $4 million. There’s another season beyond that, but it is at the team’s option.

“They don’t want to fire Mike,” the source said.

Coming in over the legendary Phil Jackson was always going to put high expectations on D’Antoni’s tenure with the Lakers. Along with the loss of Dwight Howard, this catastrophe of a season hasn’t lessened any pressure on the former coach of the year.

After firing Mike Brown five games into last season, the Lakers apparently do not want to fire a second coach in just 17 months. However, they will have to evaluate all their options this upcoming off-season and decide if they want D’Antoni to continue as the head coach next season.

With three games left in the season, all the attention is now on evaluating the current players on the roster. While many players have expressed their desire to return next season, the team has ample cap room and a lottery pick in this year’s highly anticipated draft.

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  • S.

    Remember when the team foolishly hired D’Antoni and put up that “STAY D12″ sign? How about this time we fire D’Antoni and put up a “BYE FELICIA” sign? Sounds good to me.

  • Sylvia Ross

    Why should the Lakers be looking for a peaceful way to let him go ? He’ still going to get paid. Tell him the same way they told Mike Brown. He knows he hasn’t done a good job. Bye, bye, see ya later, don’t let the door knob hit you on the way out Pringles.

    • independentbynature

      Just curious,Sylvia.Why do people call him Pringles?I’ve seen you do it many times and a few other people,too.I don’t know what it means,yet it still seems to fit him.LOL.

      • kookiebuger

        This is why

        • independentbynature

          Thanks.I got it,now.LMAO.

        • independentbynature

          That is hilarious.I can’t stop laughing.Thanks……

        • comrade24

          bhahahahahahahahaha

      • kookiebuger

        I’m adding this for fun.

      • Buzz

        Because his stupid mustache makes him look like the guy on the Pringles can.

    • Mario

      Once you pop…

  • William

    Im not committed to Mike D’Antoni. one way or the other, the biggest disaster would’ve been to hire Phil Jackson again after he had demonstrated at the his last stint that he had lost the team, and compounding that disaster with keeping D12, who has a history of screwing teams and coaching situations up. The Rockets are at best a 2nd round exit, not just this year but for a while, and I could care less what Jackson does with The Knicks. The Lakers needed a clean break, lets try it again, and this time give the next coach a chance instead of bending over for the past coach is NOT coming back and rightfully so

    • comrade24

      i agree completely. Never wanted Dwight Coward to come here in the first place and knew it was a blessing in disguise when he left. Also, didn’t want the Lakers to rehire Jackson as head coach, not for the reasons you mentioned, but because it would have been at best a temporary fix and i said then we need a long term coaching solution and some stability going forward. Also, i feared he wouldn’t be up for the physical demands of the job and wouldn’t have been travelling with the team all the time. I wouldn’t have even minded the FO hiring D’Antoni, if they would have brought in a defensive specialist like Nate McMillan to balance the coaches’ inadequate defensive philosophy. Hopefully they do it right this time.

      • Chrmngblly

        Jackson had cancer that last season he coached the Lakers., FYI.

  • vdogg

    i couldn’t care less if it is peaceful, amicable, mutual or whatever. just fire his ass already. if they bring back d’antoni the fan base is going to lose its mind. the lakers’ brass have to be aware of that.

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      I simply love the fact that you used “couldn’t”. A relief to see the right word used!

  • vdogg

    with phil going to NY, the lakers as a franchise need a hire that will carry some weight. time to bring byron scott back to the lakers where he belongs!!!!!!!!

    • Sylvia Ross

      BYRON SCOTT, all day !!!

      • Chrmngblly

        Jerry Sloan has a lot more gravitas. I like Byron—but I also like Hollins.

        • independentbynature

          Sloan is not interested.

          • Chrmngblly

            You sound like DP with even more pomposity.

          • independentbynature

            I’m just repeating what I heard Sloan say.I’m not against Sloan being hired.I think he’s a great coach.And man,you really know how to hurt a guy,Chrmngblly.That was uncalled for.LOL.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah. I felt low-down, even when I said it…:-)

  • God Chri$$$

    Dantoni the worst coach in laker history. Basketball is supposed to be played from the inside out, not the other way around. Jacking 3′s can put out of a game real quick. Doesn’t focus on star players such as Gasol. He doesn’t know how to adapt to a team. Runs the same offense with any team. Giving players a license to shoot whenever they feel like they’re open is terrible coaching. D’antoni has to be put with a team that fits his ” system “. And defense… the team can score 100+ LOSE and d’antoni will say they needed to play better on offense. He is a terrible coach. A 3 point system cannot succeed in the NBA.

    • kookiebuger

      This explains Mike.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      actually, the same offensive sets is run by Miami, mind you… it is with how the personnel is being used that MDA lacks, specially how he uses his star players… and giving license to no name players to shoot… that mind set is only applicable to a rebuilding and young team, but with a veteran like the Lakers, it can’t succeed… secondly, this year’s team can’t seem to connect with the defensive principles… it might be due to 1 year contracts, or just plain personnel issue… this team just don’t have it defensively… the coach is partly to be blamed for that, but not 100%, IMO. although, I have nothing against MDA… I think, this last 2 years has not given him justice…. mostly due to lack of players available…. but I still prefer a more deliberate style of basketball, a coach like Hollins will do well coaching veteran teams… if Sloan wants to coach, I would go with him…if not, Hollins.

      • 3339

        lack of players available? he had Kobe, Pau, Dwight Howard etc in his first season.

        • BOB HANSEN

          and they barely the 8th/7th seed? by 1 game or something like that

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          you don’t understand pacing and building momentum in an 82 games season at all…. no team can build pacing and identity, momentum buildup when players are in and out of the line with injuries, all you see is the name on the roster, are you a fan? do you even follow the team throughout the season?… tell me and name me, which NBA champion team has done so with players coming in and out during the regular season and win it all or even made it deep into the playoffs… sheess…

      • John

        Richard i partly agree with you on some of what you said yes Mike D’Antoni gives too muck freedom and leeway to no name players like Kent Bazemore or Ryan Kelly or Landry Fields or Steve Novak instead of trusting the star players like say Pau Gasol or Kobe Bryant or Carmelo Anthony or Amare Stoudemire,

        Mike trusts the no name scrubs to take the big shots.Jordan Hill is out 15 feet shooting jumpers and bricking them that is ridiculous to put so much trust in a scrub shooter that is more of defender and rebounder not a offensive weapon at all.I know you are a 1980′s showtime Lakers fan most likely and this is the same if Pat Riley trusted Milt Wagner and Tony Campbell and Mike Smrek to take the shots all the time instead of allowing Magic Johnson or Captain Kareem or James Worthy to shoot the ball.Mike D’Antoni style of coaching is built for a rebuilding/tanking team that needs losses to obtain a very high lottery pick.Not much defense to speak of the Lakers gave up 130 points or more 5 times last month the most of any NBA team since 1991 enough of a problem that he must be fired surely.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          agreed… and you are correct.. i have been a Lakers fan since Magic entered NBA in 1980. I have follow them and have seen most of the highs and the lows… that is why I don’t get excited much about a single win or pout in loses… I have been to countless arguments against people of different fan hood and I can tell you, those times aren’t the ones I can be proud of as a human being… but as a Lakers fan, I did what I did… if you dig what I mean.

    • J Taylor

      Are you sure that D’antoni was “coaching to win.”
      He’s an old hat in the league and gets the big picture.
      And, as testimony to D’Antoni, his offense HAS changed the NBA offensive landscape.
      BUT,
      I wonder if the team had the minimum expectation of a playoffs berth that got derailed by injury.
      THEN,
      After it seemed like a lost cause to try to be the #8 seed, D’antoni was instructed to develop young players and “help” with the lottery request.
      In the process, a lot of young guys got amazing experience.

      D’antoni needs to go, I agree…. but I’m not sure that the face-value knee jerk responses are accurate.

      • BOB HANSEN

        yes he was coaching to win. it’s the gm and staff that knew he was a terrible coach and would suck bad enough to get us a lottery pick. He was never given instructions to lose. He’s just that bad they don’t need to tell him. The team doesn’t have that much talent anyway

  • cyborgspider

    If they feel “aw shucks but he’s such a nice guy, we don’t want to fire him”, offer him an advanced scout position or consultant position. Change his job title, have him more behind-the-scenes and help develop younger talent. He can keep his pay. Just don’t let him near the defensive playbook or pre-game motivational speeches.

    • Carters Room

      mike dantoni wouldnt take a position like that.

      • cyborgspider

        Good, now you have your “mutual” parting. Everybody wins!

    • Chrmngblly

      This is called “the lateral arabesque” in the book, “The Peter Principle”. :-)

  • kookiebuger

    ‘nough said

    • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

      I Wish That Was Up There

  • Mamba

    Scott with Rambis as an assistant. Let’s get back to Laker ball (Inside out with our big in the post or the elbow).

  • Swaggy Penis

    Goddamn Serena Winters is fucking hot. I’d bone.

    • comrade24

      She is a beautiful girl. I’m sure she’s pretty creeped out by your comment.

  • 3339

    If they can fire Mike Brown five games into a season they can fire this fool after a season where the team finished with the worst record in Lakers history.
    Seriously just grow up, admit that dantoni was a huge mistake, and lets move on.

    • G

      I would’ve kept Mike Brown longer just make him adjust his system he led us to playoffs in the first year.

    • Chrmngblly

      Just tell me why they hired MDA to coach the best big-man in the game, D12, supposedly, with MDA’s reputation as having no use for big-men?

  • Zimmeredge

    what mister Ollie as a replacement?

  • Lakers Season Ticket Holders

    ..

  • Lakers Season Ticket Holders

    Fire Mike D’Antoni and hire John Calipari that’s it.Lakers lack credibility right now.

  • Bo

    Fire the clown from West Virginia Mike D’Asstoni.

  • Lonzo Lucas Jr

    I’m sorry Byron Scott? Have you seen his coaching record? 24-58 in Cleveland might as well keep D’Antoni.

    • Magicman32

      That was right after LeBron took his talents to South Beach. Byron didn’t have a chance.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        correct! In defense of Byron Scott… how could a coach win with this lineup:

        2010-2011 Cleveland: Mo Williams-Daniel Gibson-Parker-Jamison-Hickson

  • NYJ

    Bring in Team US Head Coach for 5 years, $45M – Coach K needs a new challenge…would attract FA’s back to LA.

    • Jdbrot

      That would be the best thing they could do but I don’t think coach k would say yes :(

  • Swaggy Pussy

    FUCK ME SERENA WINTERS

    • LAKERSftw

      Lol wtf man stop it really haha

  • williams

    He’s not a coach for the Lakers, but they also cant keep firing coaches or none will want to come to this team knowing they’ll get fired for a the not performing well. How bout Jim Buss give the lead to his sister now

    • williams

      For a team not performing…

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Every coach gets fired for not performing well. The Lakers are a legendary franchise. While making the playoffs is considered a success for many teams, the Lakers are judged by championships. Any coach who takes that job knows it, and is expected to live up to it.

      Mike’s job has been tough as hell. I really don’t know what to think, as he’s shown things I don’t like (not playing players who have performed well), but he’s also been handed a really shitty situation with these injuries.

  • MRBIGGK70

    UHHH…. WHY DID SHE GIVE A REPORT OF A REPORT THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN REPORTED ????

  • MRBIGGK70

    Phil: Jeanie baby !!!
    Jeanie: Yes Hun ???
    Phil: Do me a favor !!!
    Jeanie: Sure luv !!!
    Phil: Call my agent and tell him to get me one ticket to the Mayweather fight front row and send it to Dantoni please !!!
    Jeanie: The Mayweather fight ??? Hun I know you !!! You’re Zenning I remember when you would give them books to Jordan,Shaq,and Kobe so what this for ????
    Phil: That’ll be the closest he’ll ever get to a ring !!!!

    • Sylvia Ross

      That’s good !!

  • Thomas Klein

    Byron Scott as coach, Kevin Love at power forward, Kobe at shooting guard, Lual Dang at small forward, waive Nash and spread his last year salary over three years. Retain, Meeks, Bazemore, Brooks, Sacre, Kelly, Henery, Marshall, Farmar, Hill, and Johnson. Total salary would come in around 68-72 million. Get a commitment to play some friggn defense for goodness sakes, and stop jacking up so many threes, play inside out, thru Love, or Kobe posting up their men, both need to be double teamed, freeing up an open man.
    Trade draft pick and Gasol to get Love, they know there gonna lose him next year anyway, either to LA or to Chicago or NY.
    Sign Dang thru free agency, 15 mill per year should do it.

    • MRBIGGK70

      MAN CAN YOU PLEEEEASE BE THE HEAD OF BB OP’S !!!!

    • Joe Haeberle

      So trade away a pick for someone who could leave at the end of next years season? Haven’t welearned our lesson about that one? Why not pursue love after next season and have him playing alongside gasol.

      • Thomas Klein

        Please don’t compare Kevin Love, who said he wanted to play for the Lakers, with Dwight Coward, who said he didn’t , because the two couldn’t be more different. And exactly WHAT makes you think we would be any more in the drivers seat, if we let him get to the open market in 2015?

        • Joe Haeberle

          Howard had also said he wanted to come to la. I don’t think that we would be in the drivers seat but why not take our chances and get a great draft pick and possibly entice klove to come play for the Lakers. There is always that possibility that they keep Dantoni and we are screwed for another season and klove leaves. I just think our best option is to take our chances with the puck then go after love during his free agency. I mean you said it yourself he already said he wanted to go to the Lakers so he might still want to later on.

          • Thomas Klein

            He might have said he wanted to come to LA and meant the Clippers, that Bozo couldn’t find a champianship if you duct taped it on his ass.

        • imbwar

          Kevin is definitely is coming to LA, for obvious reasons he cant say that, but he does have a lot of friends that live here that can say and have said that LA really was always the landing spot.. and in 2015 the Lakers will have more money to spend for free agency… I don’t think the Lakers will be opening that check book to wide for Dang..

      • Thomas Klein

        Our pick will not change the team enough, we could by some stroke of luck, win the lottery, and draft Wiggins, and with the current team and coach, would not win more than 40 games, we need a franchise player, Love is that player, Dang, is an excellent complementary player at SF, Kobe, when healthy, is still formidable at SG, Marshall, does not have great defensive skills, but is a very good passer.

        • Joe Haeberle

          No p pick won’t you are right but I’m thinking for the future. No need to rush things. Yes we want championships but gotta treasure it slow and let the pieces fall into place.

        • imbwar

          Well we know that this wont be the current team and coach..the Lakers drafting a top 4/5 player along with Love either through sign and trade or via free agency you don’t leverage a high draft pick when you don’t have to.

    • Luol Deng

      Who the fuck is Lual Dang?

    • imbwar

      That is pretty much is more likely to happen except the Nash part.. spreading his salary out will effect 2015 and 16 Free agents money…. just letting him play out clears 9.7 million….off the books.. but again, I am thinking the exact same thing.

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    FUCK A PEACEFUL GOODBYE!!’ THESE 2YRS WERENT PEACEFUL, &THEM LOSES WERENT EITHER!

  • Marty Susman

    There wis no such thing as peaceful departures for coach’s in this or any other league. Yes he should go & yes it should be at season’s end… Yes it should be Byron Scott as head guy, Kurt, D. Fish & Kareem as asst. & that bench will be the best in the league next to the Clippers with Doc Rivers.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yes it’s time to fire Mike D’Antoni.It’s a waste of time for all parties involved it’s only Mike D’Antoni anyways he is the only one with time to waste since he has no life.Nothing better to do for Mike D’Antoni than losing games for the Lakers.25-54 is enough to make me say please leave and never comeback.Good riddance.

  • Ruben

    Nothing peaceful about letting him go as a coach.He is not cut out for the job and the Lakers can use a Police escort from the LAPD to let Mike D’Antoni leave forever.This D’Antoni guy is in the slammer of bad coaches the worst ever.GTFO!

  • Alex

    Mike is the biggest joke of the NBA.What a big retard loser Mike Dummytoni is ass.

  • J Taylor

    I like that Jeanie (or someone in the front office) is using the media masterfully.
    Two weeks ago, they “floated” the idea of keeping D’antoni and watched the response.
    Now, they are “floating” the idea of a “Peaceful mutual parting.”

    It’s like high school…. if you want to spread a rumor, or spead information, tell ONLY the school gossiper and then sit back and watch the responses.

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    This is tough to really take a stance on. D’Antoni has obviously developed our role players. Guys like Young, Bazemore, Meeks and Sacre are clearly improved. However, he has refused to play Hill and Kaman on multiple occasions, even following huge performances.

    Injuries have decimated this roster. So, he clearly hasn’t had a solid chance to build continuity and set rotations. That’s a tough shake for any coach. But, this is the Lakers worst season EVER. Sometimes, you have to wipe the slate clean and shake things up. Nothing will send a bigger message this off season than firing D’Antoni and bringing in a coach with balls.

    Rambis, Scott, Hollins all have been mentioned. I don’t know their coaching styles well enough to comment, but if we can bring a Lakers legend to lead our team, I think that will send a very clear message to FAs, and the fans, that the Lakers aren’t playing around any more.

  • MRBIGGK70

    Fire D’Antoni and pleeeaaassseee get George Karl heck ill take Kevin Ollie !!!

  • BIG JOE

    Bring in BYRON SCOTT bring some of the old school play …… BRING BACK THE LATE SHOW !!!!!!!!

  • purplerain53

    If Jimmy brings back M.D’Antoni, that will be a catastrophic mistake. The Staples Center audience will start melting down and the TV rating of the Lakers games will drop further down. No sports executive in his right mind will keep a coach with 25 -57 record, which is the worst, since his dad bought the team.Besides, MD will get another job with someone else and that team will have to pay at least the half of his $ 4 mil remaining salary.So, it is not big deal from financial standpoint.

  • Tim Stafford

    In his defense, he just doesn’t have a roster that suits his offense, and he did not adjust which is his fault to some degree. Only Phil could have saved this team last year, but no one could have saved them this year with all of the injuries.

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