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Lakers ‘Will Not Consult’ With Kobe Bryant About Mike D’Antoni

Last month, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant was very vocal about not having the patience to go through another disastrous season. With Bryant signing a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension at the start of this season and nearing the end of his career, he obviously wants the Lakers to build a championship contender.

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With the Lakers struggling, there has been speculation about possibly moving in a different direction at the head coaching position and Bryant having a voice in these discussions. However, in an interview with USA Today’s Sam Amick, Kupchak said Bryant will not factor in on the decision on head coach Mike D’Antoni:

“We will not consult with him. No, we won’t consult with him.”

When Amick mentioned that there is a perception of Bryant not going to bat for D’Antoni publicly, the Lakers GM reiterated that they will not consult him and will take some time to evaluate the season:

“We won’t consult with him. Our decisions going forward — we’re not going to do knee-jerk stuff. We’ll let the season end, and take some time. We’ve got a lot of injuries and surgeries to sort through. That’s a lot to accomplish. We have the draft coming up?”

With the Lakers suffering their worst season in franchise history, there are a lot of questions on what direction the franchise will take. While the team will have ample cap room and a high draft pick to work with, the biggest question mark is whether they will retain Mike D’Antoni for next season.

Over the past week, there have been conflicting reports on the future of D’Antoni. Some believe the Lakers will keep him for the remainder of his contract that ends next season while others believe there will be a new head coach.

Although injuries have completely derailed this season, management faces the most important off-season in recent years. The last time the Lakers were in this position, they drafted Andrew Bynum with the 10th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and were able to rebuild in two seasons.
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  • kobe24

    Mitch always has a poker-face on so I really can’t take his word for face-value. (Not saying hes untrustworthy) but I’m sure he has a couple of cards up his sleeves that will satisfy Kobe’s last chase for his 6th ring and the Lakers future

  • oNeDelusion

    OMG, pls fire him ASAP.

    • ConservativesRUs

      Why? Because they aren’t consulting a washed-up Kobe on front office stuff?

      • Allen Henry

        You may be right that is why they gave him 48 million dollars!

  • independentbynature

    If Antoni is retained,no other additions can make the Lakers winners.You just can’t win championships without defense.And that’s not just for basketball,but sports in general.That’s why the Seahawks won the Superbowl and the Broncos didn’t.Some commenters on this site will never understand that.You know who you are.This No “D” culture must be changed to move forward.Otherwise,you’re just wasting another season.

    • Yojimbo

      So true !!!

  • Jim213

    Word of mouth is staff inside the organization isn’t buying Mitch and Jim’s plan. But if it’s waiting until the 2015 off season to make any type of move the ship would’ve already sailed. The competition will stay ahead of the game and if FO believes they can acquire anyone then we’d likely end up with a similar situation as DH.

    • Spitfire

      You guys cant accept the truth eh? The organization isnt buying in Jim/Mitch plan?! Yeah right?! If that is so, then why extend Mitch’s contract?! Think!

      • Jim213

        Smh, rethink your question?!? Who makes basketball operation decisions?!? Didn’t know staff, people employed by a business had more say than upper management? Jim and Mitch make the decisions within their department?!?!?!?!?

  • Matthew Mayer

    i think that they should get rid of mike and put in someone else that fits in the foe so they can return to the lakers way with phil jackson has the coach like it should have been in the first place.matthew mayer from louisville.

    • Yojimbo

      Anyone that likes defense and set basketball as well as running the court will do. Which means ANYONE other d’Antoni… LITERALLY ANYONE !

      • comrade24

        after much consideration, i’ve decide to accept your offer to coach the Lakers. I won’t promise a championship right away, but i guarantee we’ll win more than 25 games next season. lol

        • Yojimbo

          Seriously even you or I could do better than d’Antoni… The guy has messed up like no other… I’m certainly no coach but this was our worst season ever since I started watchin and playing bball and I ‘ve been watchin the Lakers since the late 80′s…

          • comrade24

            yeah, and you or i would do it for much less than 4 million dollars a season. heck, i’ll take 1

          • Moveover Andbark

            Take a bit more, remember you’ll have to pay income tax…..

          • L4Lyf

            Noob talks?! Go ahead coach kids basketball first.0h wait, sorry but imbeciles can dream right?!

  • Yojimbo

    I dont care who they gonna consult as long as they let d’Antoni GOOOOOOOOO!!! Besides Kobe has 1 at most 2 good years in him at this stage (just because it’s Kobe we talkin about- If it was anyone else I’d consider him done for)… They should take advantage of that at least…

  • jhernandez1981

    Why would anyone not consult with the guy you’re giving 42 million for two seasons to? The only logical answer is because you already have, and no longer need to. You cant keep a coach whose team gives up 110 points a game in a league where the average team only scores 100 points a game, while also only being able to string more than two wins in a row once the entire season.

    • Josh

      Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly, Wesley Johnson, Jodie Meeks, Kendall Marshall. That’s the starting lineup, and you want them to be at least average? That lineup would struggle mightily against a D-League team or college team. Quit putting all the blame on the guy who is somehow supposed to coach that team.

      • jhernandez1981

        Bullshit excuses. They’re all professional players. There are two former all star bigs who were available most of the season that almost never played together. Bad conditioning over two seasons thats led to almost completely different line ups every few months, shit planning, improper implementation of talent, an almost obstinate refusal to run any sort of defensive sets, only being able to string three wins together one time all year… these aren’t symptoms of a few below average players and bad luck- that’s a garbage program.

      • Yojimbo

        “Somehow supposed” is the only thing I can agree with you in that last sentence of yours :). That’s exactly what Mike’s been doing for the past 2 years. He ‘s somehow supposed to be coaching this team …But then again it’s not me paying him so why should I care right ?

    • comrade24

      Thank you. Why in the world would they not consult him? This is just another example of poor management. The FO is the problem. They have to put their staff in a position to succeed, and they’ve blown it over and over. This isn’t all on Mike D’antoni, let’s be real here. He’ll likely be on the scapegoat, but look at the starting lineup and tell me that Phil Jackson or Jerry Sloan, or Pop could coach this team to the playoffs. not a chance.

      • L4Lyf

        FO was the problem or the CBA?! You are so stupid,

      • jhernandez1981

        Maybe, but Im fairly certain they could win a game where they scored 130 points. Pretty sure none of them would allow opponents to have multiple 130, 140 plus point games. Shit man, this guys lack of leadership directly led to the line up being this soft and injury prone. The FO deserves there share of the shit too, but keeping a proven loser that is clearly out of his depth shouldn’t be an option.

      • Yojimbo

        Good teams dont need to filled with superstars. Just good players that work well together and play for each other. The Lakers ever since mike was hired dont work at all, let alone as a team. Certainly, he forced noone to hire him so the management is to blame about this. But when it comes to talking about whether he’s fit for this task and leading this team to the playoffs (not even a title just the playoffs), well my opinion is that you cant argue with results… In only his 2nd year as a head coach he managed to get the worst record ever…

      • Lakersfanfromwayback

        D’Antoni had the players, although they are not A-listers the right lineup could have had far more games won than they have won in either this year or last year. So yes, D’Antoni is the problem because he is the coach who doesn’t know his personnel.

  • 3339

    Kobe has earned the right to be in on decisions like this.

    • Daryl Peek

      Not according to Dr. Buss. No players had that right with him.

      • 3339

        Well mr know it all, Dr. Buss at least had good relationships with his players and had a good understanding of what they wanted.

        • Daryl Peek

          Mr. know it all? OK

    • independentbynature

      When Dr. Buss was in charge,the players and the fans didn’t know more than the owners.Now they do.

      • jhernandez1981

        When dr buss was in charge, he usually had Jerry West running his club

        • independentbynature

          Yes.And he listened to his advice,too.Do you think Jimmy listens to Mitch or does he think he knows better?

  • quickster

    Jim and Jeanie Buss if you can’t fire Mike Dantoni you might as well sell the team. No Defense No Ring

  • Josh

    “We’re not going to do knee-jerk stuff.” That is why Mitch is a GREAT GM. He doesn’t care what you think or what a player thinks. He knows what he’s doing, he’s going to weigh all his options, and then he’ll show you why his ultimate decision was the best choice. Have some faith, Laker Nation!

  • purp& goldpride

    If the Lakers wanted to run this uptempo offense, then maybe they should have let kobe walk. Why pay him 48 million and have him play in a offense that could potentially keep him injured? They don’t have to consult with him.. but the Lakers gave up 145 again last night. They HAVE to make improvements this off season, because if they don’t no major fa will come here in 2015

    Lakers fans don’t pay all that $$ to watch a team led by kendall marshall and sacre

    • independentbynature

      Or coached by No “D” Antoni,either.

  • Uh

    Mike D’Antoni should be arrested for being such a bad coach lol.FIRE THAT MAN!

  • Cali John

    Why is Mike D’Antoni throwing games?He is possibly betting against the Lakers and betting the over this guy is a pathetic low life.Fire him now.I can’t wait till Mitch and Kelly and Johnny all fire Mike D’Antoni behind closed doors don’t trip over Jim and Rudy on the way out D’OUCHE

  • Kene

    I agree with him. I am a huge Kobe fan but he’s exactly right in his plan of action.

  • Allen Henry

    Mike should be replace most of the injuries he was responsible for because of his poor rotation, and over playing the players trying to implement his stupid system. This man should have never been hired if they want to lose more of their season ticket holders and fan base rehire this no coaching idiot!!!!!

  • Jay

    I am so done with these stupid owners and GM’s. The Lakers organization better shape up or their fans will do to them what the NY Knick fans did to the owner of that organization. #protest You better learn Mitch you are nothing but a tool the fans are the machines, better you know that son.

  • Barry Bunes

    Consult with me….Buy a bigger boot to plant in his ass to kick him out the door

  • johnny

    Keep the coach , dump the son of a bitch ball hog!

    • independentbynature

      Definitely not a Lakers fan.Not too bright,either.

    • AD

      Yes because it was the ball hog who allowed the Rockets to score 145 points on us and it was the ball hog (who mind you played only 6 games) who allowed us to lose over 50 games. Any other brilliant comments dumbass?

  • Fred Elliott Sr.

    Washed up Kobe ! Aren’t you on the wrong site ?

  • AD

    That’s a damn shame. Why extend Kobe for SO MUCH MONEY and rant on about how he’s the face of the franchise then publicly disrespect him and say he has no say in the coach? Really? Not even a little bit? Where is Jeanie to exert her power cause Mitch and Jimmy must be smoking rocks or something. What the hell has happened to the Lakers. What’s REALLY going on? Mitch better have a damn good plan up his sleeves cause this shit gets messier by the day.

  • Lakersfanfromwayback

    Kobe is not management, but he is the team captain and he has inside knowledge on how the other players feel about Mike D’Antoni being the coach or whether they want to play for him as coach so a courtesy chat might be wise of management!

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