In all fairness to Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni, he’s been given a shamble of a roster this season – a roster which has been filled with players picked up off the street or plucked from the NBA’s Developmental League.
Needless to say, judging his performance based on this season wouldn’t exactly be the most fair.
But as many coaches before D’Antoni have learned, patience is thin in Los Angeles as the Lakers are expected to win and win now. That will likely lead to evaluation of D’Antoni at season end, this according to Basketball Insider’s Jabari Davis.
I wouldn’t anticipate a move at the coaching position anytime soon. There are 24 games left, and the Lakers are not heading anywhere but the lottery. After the season, I do think they’ll evaluate all options. I know folks don’t want to see ‘patience’ and ‘Lakers’ in the same sentence, but let’s see what the offseason looks like.
Regardless, no matter if you’re a fan of D’Antoni or not – evaluating him on the Lakers performance this season wouldn’t be the most fair move.