The Los Angeles Lakers had the worst season in franchise history this year making the firing of head coach Mike D’Antoni an all but absolute certainty.
However, it seems like that may not be the case after all. There has not been any kind of word from the Lakers, but the Charleston Daily Mail is reporting that the Lakers have no intention of letting D’Antoni go:
“D’Antoni met with Lakers brass — team executive Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak — multiple times this week to discuss D’Antoni’s future with the organization. At this point, the Lakers just aren’t going to budge and are adamant about keeping D’Antoni as the coach.”
Marshall had been trying hard to entice D’Antoni to move to West Virginia. Athletic director Mik Hamrick has spent time out in LA with D’Antoni who was rumored to have been interested in the position:
“…Hamrick went all-in to lure D’Antoni from the bright lights of L.A. to the hills of West Virginia. The Herd AD visited D’Antoni in Los Angeles for four days to make his pitch for D’Antoni to come home. D’Antoni, 62, played college ball at Marshall from 1970-73, about 130 miles from his hometown of Mullens.”
If he can remain with one of the most decorated and popular franchises in sports let alone the NBA he has to of course; opportunities like that don’t come everyday. However, if he doesn’t get the team off to a strong start to the 2014-15 season it would not be shocking to see the team let him go. [H/T CharlestonDailyMail]