According to the OC Register, the Los Angeles Lakers have decided to bring back Mike D'Antoni as their head coach next season, much to the dismay of Lakers fans (and some players, like Kobe Bryant).
Ready for Mike D’Antoni III? After 10 days of soul searching, the key figures in Lakers management are agreed on bringing back D’Antoni for a third season as coach, a source with knowledge of the deliberations told the Register.
Keeping D’Antoni, of course, would be unpopular among Lakers fans, united in their desire to see him fired and Jim Buss resign.
The Lakers aren’t commenting, but Jimbo’s not planning on leaving. With Pau Gasol making no secret of his dissatisfaction and Kobe Bryant reportedly in favor of a change, D’Antoni was widely expected to be fired.
While D'Antoni will return for 2014-2015, the Lakers are still undecided about picking up his 2015-2016 option:
Lakers reluctant about picking up the option now for the final year of coach Mike D'Antoni's contract for the 15-16 season, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) April 26, 2014
Celtics fans will probably enjoy seeing D'Antoni at the Lakers' helm for at least one more year, since it will bring misery to our rival franchise, and we will continue to see great gifs such as these:
Danielle Hobeika 4/26/2014 07:32:00 PM Tweet