It’s almost a forgone conclusion, right?
I mean, I don’t think anyone believes that Mike D’Antoni will be back as the Los Angeles Lakers coach next season. But it’s one of those things that hasn’t really been addressed, mostly because the Lakers are essentially what everyone expected them to be without Kobe Bryant — BAD.
However, ESPN’s Stephen A Smith finally reported pretty much what we already expected. On his show, First Take, this morning he said that from what he’s hearing, he doesn’t expect D’Antoni to be back next season as the Lakers head coach.
[H/T Lakers Nation]
I had a source tell me last night [that] Mike D’Antoni is gone at the end of the season. He won’t be there [...] I’m just telling you, that’s the word coming out of L.A.
It’s not coming from the Lakers themselves, but people close to the organization say that Mike D’Antoni is gone because there’s no way that [Carmelo Anthony] would elect to go there if D’Antoni is there. If D’Antoni is gone, with the cap room they have coming up and Kobe’s imminent return, [L.A.] is a viable option [for Anthony].
It’s interesting that Smith brings up Carmelo Anthony in his post. It’s also interesting that Smith says that one of the main reasons D’Antoni won’t be back next season is because Anthony wouldn’t want to play for him.
Maybe the Lakers will still be pursing Anthony. A couple weeks ago, a report came out that Anthony would not be a huge target for the Lakers this offseason. Instead, LA was planning on waiting to make its big offseason splash until 2015.
Maybe there’s been a change of heart in LA? Either that, or someone is being fed false information.