March 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers suggest Mike D'Antoni could return in 2014-15


It’s been a rough season for the Los Angeles Lakers and head coach Mike D’Antoni has been looking like he’ll be the scapegoat when all is said and done. Despite having injuries ravage his roster, the consensus seems to be that D’Antoni will be gone at the end of the season and replaced in the summer.

Kobe Bryant coming out against the coach in very cryptic ways hasn’t helped, but he reeled that in the other day on the Dan Patrick Show and D’Antoni seemed to be defended by Mitch Kupchak today.

Per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

“I don’t want to get into that with those kind of questions,”Kupchak said. “He’s done a great job and dealt with a year last year when he was here part-time and a ridiculous amount of injuries this year.”

This can be interpreted a number of different ways, as Kupchak could just be trying to quiet the masses before dumping D’Antoni in the summer. It could also mean that the Lakers are understanding of the situation their coach is in and are willing to ride it out with him and see how he does with a healthy roster in 2014-15.

That’s not a guarantee that he’ll be back next season, but he’s also not been condemned yet either.

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  • Marty Susman

    Who the coach is now or even next season is really not important, “IT’S WHO THE COACH IS GOING INTO THE 2015 FREE AGENCY TIME THAT’S IMPORTANT”. We need a coach that will as Doc Rivers does attract great players, this high school guy can’t do that. Si fire him now, fire him mid next season, it’s all the same. The Lakers will do zero until after they get the 2015 free agents they need.