I knew the Los Angeles Lakers were good people.
According to a report from the New York Daily News, the Lakers are looking to be that person in a relationship that breaks up without actually breaking up. It should also be noted that that person doesn’t exist. It’s never happened. Ever.
It doesn’t appear as if D’Antoni will survive and make it to next season.
The ex-Knicks coach has turned into a polarizing figure during what has been the Lakers’ worst season since arriving in Los Angeles in 1960. So it would be extremely difficult for the Lakers to bring him back. They also are looking to change their style to one that better fits Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, whom they plan on re-signing this summer when he becomes free.
One league source said there is sentiment within the Lakers’ executive offices for a “peaceful, mutual parting’’ with D’Antoni, who has one season left on his contract at $4 million. There’s another season beyond that, but it is at the team’s option.
“They don’t want to fire Mike,’’ the source said.
For the record, this report seems pretty much spot on. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve see reports that say the Lakers are “leaning towards firing D’Antoni” and one that said that the Lakers are “leaning towards retaining D’Antoni“. So, this most recent report is pretty much right in the middle of those two previous reports. Spot on.
This is so going to end like that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine can’t fire that one employee and just keeps promoting him, isn’t it?