Mar 13, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D

NBA Rumors: Is Lakers' coach Mike D'Antoni already lining up his next job?

Kobe Bryant doesn’t want Mike D’Antoni to return as the Los Angeles Lakers coach next season, and it appears that D’Antoni may not even want to return to coach the Lakers next season.

A divorce between the two seem imminent.

But does D’Antoni already have his next “project” lined up for next season? Maybe.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Marc Stein, Marshall has reached out to D’Antoni about becoming the next coach for the Thundering Herd.

Sources told that the Thundering Herd have pursued D’Antoni before and made this latest inquiry — which coincides with his uncertain future in Los Angeles — because they “always sound him out” any time Marshall has an opening in a bow to D’Antoni’s stature in school history.

But sources stressed D’Antoni is highly unlikely to make such a switch even if the Lakers opt for a coaching change at season’s end. Although he has served as an unofficial sounding board for school officials in the past, D’Antoni has coached only at the pro level, with three stops in Italy and stints with the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Lakers in the NBA.

The question needs to be ask if D’Antoni has coached his way through the NBA? At a certain point, a coach needs a change. D’Antoni has had most of his success earlier in his career and hasn’t had much luck lately. Maybe it’s time for a change on his part. I’m not sure if he would make a great college coach, but there’s no question that the college game would love D’Antoni’s style.

However, maybe Marshall isn’t exactly the answer. Maybe it is.


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  • hookedonnews

    There has been no indication that Mike D’Antoni doesn’t want to return next season to coach the Lakers. That’s what’s known as unwarranted speculation on your part. There have been so many contradictory rumors about D’Antoni I don’t think anyone knows whether he’ll be back or not. I don’t think he wants to coach a college team. I’m sure he could have had that Marshall job anytime he wanted it. Doubt he’s going that direction if he’s fired.