Kobe Bryant has "no interest" in playing for current Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni next season, the Sporting News reports.
Bryant, who called it a season on Wednesday while recovering from knee surgery, challenged the Lakers front office during his news conference to improve the roster, which has compiled a 22-42 record entering Thursday’s game against the Thunder.
"How can I be satisfied with it?" Bryant asked. "We’re like 100 games under .500. I can’t be satisfied with that at all. This is not what we stand for. This is not what we play for. A lot of times, it’s hard to understand that message if you’re not a die-hard Laker fan. It’s hard to really understand where we’re coming from, what we’re used to, what we’re accustomed to, which is playing for championships. Everything else is a complete failure. That’s just how it is."
D’Antoni’s offensive system has been criticized multiple times by Lakers big man Pau Gasol since D’Antoni took the reins in LA in 2012. The Lakers are 67-79 since the start of the 2012 season.