Mike D’Antoni might be on the NBA coach’s version of death row right now.
According to Mike Bresnahan from the L.A. Times, the Los Angeles Lakers “will decide fairly quickly” whether to fire D’Antoni once this disappointing season comes to an end on April 16.
It appears that the team doesn’t want this situation to linger over the summer, and that’s smart. It would be silly to sign free agents who would specifically excel in D’Antoni’s system if the Lakers then end up firing him late in the summer or during the early weeks of the season.
There’s also a possibility that the team might select a player with their lottery pick to best fit a coach’s needs, though it’s more likely that the Lakers would select the best player available as opposed to the best fit in a certain system.
It seems the Lakers are currently on the fence about what to do with D’Antoni, with Bresnahan describing the coach’s job status as “undetermined.”
Kobe Bryant apparently has no interest in playing for D’Antoni next season, so it’ll be interesting to see if that plays any part in the head coach’s fate. The same obviously goes for Pau Gasol, who will become a free agent in July but said there’s a possibility that he could re-sign with the Lakers this summer “if the circumstances are appropriate.”