HoopsHype Mike D'Antoni rumors

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Gasol also supported Kobe Bryant for publicly questioning the front office. Those included issues ranging from wanting executives Jim and Jeanie Buss to improve their relationship, decide Mike D’Antoni’s future as head coach and build a championship caliber roster this offseason. “I’m glad that he spoke his mind,” Gasol said following the Lakers’ 131-102 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. “He wants to win. He’s got two years under contract with the franchise. He wants to be in the best possible position to win. Whether you do that publicly or internally, that’s totally up to you. He spoke his mind and you have to respect him for that.” Los Angeles Daily News

D’Antoni has two years left on his contract, but only next season is guaranteed. Despite the persistent losing, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has praised D’Antoni for how he’s handled an injury-decimated roster that features plenty of young players that likely wouldn’t have significant roles elsewhere. A source familiar with the situation said the Lakers front office has never suggested D’Antoni’s job is in jeopardy after this season. But the Lakers won’t evaluate D’Antoni until the season ends so they can fully assess both the roster and their offseason needs. Los Angeles Daily News

Gasol also doesn't like D'Antoni's small-ball offense, which is no secret, and it might lead to Gasol's departure this summer as a free agent. "A lot of factors will influence me going one place or staying here," Gasol told The Times on Thursday. "We'll take everything into account." Los Angeles Times

Bryant doesn't like D'Antoni's spread-the-floor scheme, according to a person familiar with his thinking, and wants a more traditional offense such as the triangle or a post-up system. Los Angeles Times

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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported on Wednesday morning that he had heard D’Antoni would be out, and that the Lakers’ potential pursuit of free-agent Carmelo Anthony would be the reason. But multiple sources told Sporting News that the reason for D’Antoni’s potential dismissal is closer to home—star guard Kobe Bryant. Bryant, sources said, has “no interest” in playing for D’Antoni next season, and wants a new coach in place for the ’14-’15 season. Sporting News

While it looks more likely that D’Antoni will finish the season, there is still a possibility he won’t be around next season. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke on his show, First Take, and said the Lakers could get rid of D’Antoni after the season: I had a source tell me last night [that] Mike D’Antoni is gone at the end of the season. He won’t be there [...] I’m just telling you, that’s the word coming out of L.A. Lakers Nation

This big prize of this off-season is Carmelo Anthony, and Smith believed that the possibility of bringing Anthony in, is a reason the team would get rid of D’Antoni: It’s not coming from the Lakers themselves, but people close to the organization say that Mike D’Antoni is gone because there’s no way that [Carmelo Anthony] would elect to go there if D’Antoni is there. If D’Antoni is gone, with the cap room they have coming up and Kobe’s imminent return, [L.A.] is a viable option [for Anthony]. Lakers Nation

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Q: Did you ever get complete clarity on whose decision it was to back out of what seemed like an agreement (when the Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni in Nov. 2012 after it appeared Jackson was returning)? A: You know, it was something that has bounced from spot to spot. When I left (the interview), Jimmy was pretty happy about it and Mitch was still saying, "We're going to keep interviewing people," and I think the ultimate (decision) kind of rested with Dr. Buss and he made the decision in the hospital the day after. I haven't chosen to bite on that. I've just let that go. I'm real comfortable with it. I don't have any trouble. I think Jesus could probably coach this team pretty well, but outside of him maybe Mohammed, maybe Gandhi, someone like that. Q: Maybe Liu Bang, the Chinese emperor who you once said would be a good coach? A: Yeah. (Laughs.) USA Today Sports

Pau Gasol: "I'm a happy guy who likes peace. I don't want problems with anybody. I don't know why my comments have offended Mike D'Antoni. You would have to ask him (...) My comments, minutes after a painful defeat in Indianapolis, have been taken out of context. I don't want to kill any messenger, but I would like to explain myself. Marca.com

Gasol: "I talked about my team, the Lakers, that we lack discipline. And this word can be interpreted in many ways. (...) Yes, I claimed that the Lakers miss some structure, (...) we need to have a defined style of play." Marca.com

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