While Kobe Bryant continues to hold the Los Angeles Lakers franchise hostage, Mike D’Antoni’s future with the Lakers (his job) doesn’t seem to have much leg left to stand on.
After all, what Kobe wants, Kobe gets.
And according to a report by Sporting News, Kobe has “no interest” in playing for D’Antoni next season.
Bryant, sources said, has “no interest” in playing for D’Antoni next season, and wants a new coach in place for the ’14-’15 season.
And because the Lakers don’t have much sense to choose D’Antoni over Kobe, it’s likely that D’Antoni will be fired after the season. Granted, D’Antoni hasn’t done anything this season that should secure his job for next season, but neither has Kobe and he got a two-year $48 million extension.
On Monday, Stephen A Smith reported on First Take that it was likely for the Lakers to fire D’Antoni because if the Lakers wanted to get Carmelo Anthony, that needed to happen. Perhaps, yes. But the Lakers could also be using that report as a smokescreen for the real reason behind D’Antoni’s future firing — Kobe Bryant.
Even though, I’m not much of a conspirist, I guess that theory does make sense. However, even if neither of these reports ever came out, would anyone really be surprised if D’Antoni got canned after the season?
But if there’s any chance of D’Antoni actually getting another shot next season, don’t worry Lakers fans, Kobe isn’t going to let that happen.