It came out of nowhere this afternoon that current Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach Mike D’Antoni was being courted by his alma mater at Marshall University.
While the initial speculation was that D’Antoni wouldn’t be interested in the job, which may not be the case after all.
There is mutual interest between D’Antoni and Marshall, a source tells Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports, who also hears that there are donors willing to pony enough up money to woo the current Lakers coach back to his alma mater.
“I would think his days are numbered based on Kobe saying he had no interest in playing for him next year,” a source told CBSSports.com. “If he isn’t with the Lakers, I believe he will be at Marshall because there is mutual interest.”
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Marc Stein first reported the story as Marshall is looking to replace former head coach Tom Herrion, who was recently fired after four seasons.
This isn’t the first time that Marshall has pursued D’Antoni to coach their team.
The 62-year-old coach D’Antoni attended Marshall from 1970 to 1973 before being selected in the second round of the 1973 NBA Draft and continues to be held in high regard by his alma mater.
However with the Lakers current struggles and D’Antoni’s future with the team uncertain, this time it makes a little bit of sense that he would listen.