To fire Mike D’Antoni or not to fire Mike D’Antoni? There is little doubt that Mitch Kupchak and the Buss family will discuss this question multiple times in the coming days and weeks. We’ve heard before that they were leaning towards keeping D’Antoni around next season. We assumed, possibly correctly, that the Lakers would retain D’Antoni so that they wouldn’t have to eat his $4M salary and would claim that it would do them no good to hire a new coach while they were still trying to rebuild the team.
However, according to ESPN LA’s Lakers reporter Dave McMenamin it looks as if the Lakers may not be leaning towards getting rid of D’Antoni. This is what McMenamin told Sportscenter this morning (via @LakersNation).
According to @mcten’s sources, the Lakers are “leaning towards relieving him of his coaching duties at the end of this season.”
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) April 8, 2014
Here’s the deal: We don’t know anything and we won’t for a couple of weeks. Rumors in Laker land always come down like a meteor from outer space. It’s part of the drama and allure of Hollywood. It’s in our blood. We want epic and dramatic swings in relationships. We want the story to be as grand as possible. We want it all.
However, it’s impossible to predict, as of this moment, what the Los Angeles Lakers front office is going to do with the Head Coach or anyone on the team except for Kobe Bryant. We have zero clue. To be honest, I don’t even think that Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak have any idea what they want to do. Based on their performance over the past 18 months perhaps they should figure out exactly what they want to do and do the complete opposite. That may result is some real progress.