NBA Rumors: Lakers, Mike D'Antoni Continue To Play Game Of Chicken

The Los Angeles Lakers don’t really want to retain head coach Mike D’Antoni for next season, but they don’t really have a replacement in mind yet. On the other hand, D’Antoni doesn’t want to leave the Lakers yet, mostly because he just wants to get paid and, you know, keep his job.

Oh, yea. I think he’ll also welcome another opportunity to turnaround one of the most storied franchises in NBA history.

Bottom line: neither side wants to blink. And if they continue down this game of chicken, they’ll ironically end up in the same awkward, dysfunctional situation they were in pretty much all season.


Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni is still pushing to get his option for the 2015-16 season exercised but the Lakers still resisting, a source said.

The more time that passes without the Lakers firing D’Antoni is a good indication that D’Antoni is probably going t0 return next season. And usually, by now, if a coach that didn’t make the playoffs isn’t fired yet, it’s a good sign that they’ll be returning.

All indications point to D’Antoni returning to LA for one more season (at least). How about we do this all over again next offseason?


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  • J Taylor

    D’antoni can make demands, but the team can say no. D’antoni isn’t in a position of leverage.
    D’antoni knows he’s a lame duck and is trying to angle for more than the $4M that he’s got on the table.
    And, the team is presumably waiting until free agency settles (and the draft too) to see the team they’ve settled, if they’ve landed one of the superstars who won’t play with D’antoni, and what coaching options may exist after the playoffs and season ends.

    The fans want D’antoni gone… and while the owners are “leaning” toward keeping him, it means nothing to them to wait until July to replace him or not. D’antoni gets the guaranteed $4M due to him for coaching if he’s kept or not.

    It makes no sense to knee-jerk and fire d’antoni until an absolute decision must be made. A knee jerk response might force them to make a coaching decision that is bad or worse.