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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith says Mike D’Antoni will be fired after the season


According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, a source informed him that Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni. This might not be too surprising and you might have assumed this was going to happen but now there is some validity to it.

From Bleacher Report:

Speaking on ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith suggested that D’Antoni’s first full season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers could also be his last.

“I had a source tell me last night [that] Mike D’Antoni is gone at the end of the season,” Smith said (h/t Lakers Nation’s Corey Hansford). “He won’t be there [...] I’m just telling you, that’s the word coming out of L.A.”

“It’s not coming from the Lakers themselves, but people close to the organization say that Mike D’Antoni is gone because there’s no way that [Carmelo Anthony] would elect to go there if D’Antoni is there,” he said on First Take (h/t Hansford). “If D’Antoni is gone, with the cap room they have coming up and Kobe’s imminent return, [L.A.] is a viable option [for Anthony].”

With Phil Jackson reaching an agreement with the Knicks, he isn’t the savior for the Lakers either.

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