Who could be the Lakers Head Coach post-D'Antoni?

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Mar 3, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D

My three suggestions for the Lakers Head Coach role post-Mike D’Antoni? [Next season, and the future]

As the season of horrors slowly comes to a grinding halt, the Lakers management team will be seeking means to ensure that we do not see a repeat of the difficulties of this campaign next year. For those Lakers fans hoping for the immediate end to the “D’Antoni-era”, Thursday’s comments from Mike Bresnahan do not present encouraging signs.

 

They [Lakers FO] think he’s a capable coach and don’t want to be known as a franchise that lacks coaching stability. – LA Times

The growing animosity towards the head coach from injured shooting guard Kobe Bryant also became apparent this week. Sporting News‘ sources have stated that…

 

Bryant has “no interest” in playing for D’Antoni next season, and wants a new coach in place for the 2014-15 season.

Whatever future Mike D’Antoni has in Los Angeles, he’ll face the scepticism of millions of Lakers fans this off-season. However, this wariness is only validated if alternative options exist for the role should it become vacant. Now we have seen Phil Jackson land his long-desired front office position in New York, who could be a go-to man at the end of D’Antoni’s coaching tenure, however soon or far away that date may be?

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  • hookedonnews

    I think those are encouraging signs for fans who understand the realities of the situation. I would never make a decision on a coach based on the opinions of fans whose judgment is questionable at best.

    As for Kobe’s reported statement about playing for MDA–no one knows if there’s any truth to those rumors. If Kobe wants to get his coach fired he needs to be up front about it. Mitch Kupchak has said that players don’t dictate who’s going to coach the team. I think that’s a wise policy because Kobe will be gone in a couple of years (and who knows what his health is going to be), and a coaching change before next season would cost a bunch of money and not guarantee anything because of the players you’ve got on the team.

    I’m not happy with everything MDA has done this season. I think shutting down Nash when he has been ready to play for 2 weeks was a mistake. I understand the logic of looking at younger players, but I think those guys can learn from watching him and playing with him. Just my opinion. I think the team would have played better plus you’re denying a guy with no much time left the opportunity to play. That doesn’t mean I think it makes sense to make a coaching change right now. Next season is going to be better just because Kobe & Nash will be back, but I don’t believe another coach would make a significant difference in the outcome of the season. I realize that’s a minority opinion in this town, but it’s only fair to give him a chance with a (we hope) healthy group of players.

    I don’t see anyone out there who’s looking for a coaching job that I think would guarantee anything. I think Jerry Sloan is a great coach, but I don’t know that he would want to leave Utah and come to LA. Let’s just hope that if D’Antoni stays that he will be able to give us a winner. If he doesn’t, we’ll see who’s next.