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?