By Jeff Newman: Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni reportedly won’t be getting fired at the end of this season, according to ESPN. It was thought that D’Antoni’s head would be on the chopping block after the Lakers finished last in the Pacific Division this season, but it looks like D’Antoni will be given another shot in 2015 to try and turn the team around.
If he doesn’t turn things around by then, you can expect the Lakers owner to move in another direction in terms of head coaches. The Lakers are currently 25-53 and are in dead last in the Pacific division.
The Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is going to need to start looking around, though, for potential coaches to take D’Antoni’s place if the Lakers immediately tank at the start of the 2015 season, because with the player personnel they currently have on their team, it’s almost impossible to see them being able to put together a decent start of the season. Even with the soon to be 37-year-old Koby Bryant playing at full strength, the Lakers are just too under-equipped for them to go anywhere next season.
What they need is several more seasons like the 2014 season to get high draft picks to turn the team around. Of course, D’Antoni will likely be long gone by then due to the Lakers’ poor record. In that respect he’d be little more than a scapegoat in receiving the blame for the lack of quality players on the team. In fairness to D’Antoni, there’s no way that he could turn this motley crew of players into a winner. Heck, even Phil Jackson, the Lakers former head coach, would have major problems trying to take this team to the next level.
Until Kupchak is able to add more talent to the team, it’s pointless for the Lakers to switch coaches. Kupchak obviously made a mistake in re-signing Bryant, because he’s clearly too injury prone at this point for it to be worth keeping him.