Report: Lakers to bring back D'Antoni as coach for third season
APR 26, 2014 12:50a ET
Despite having the distinction of coaching the Lakers to the worst finish in franchise history, Mike D'Antoni will be brought back by team management for another go-around, the Orange County Register reports.
NBA columnist Mark Heisler writes that "after 10 days of soul searching," the team's key figures agreed to bring back D'Antoni for a third season, "absolving him of blame for the 27-55 finish without (Kobe) Bryant and Steve Nash for 141 days of a possible 162 games."
The Lakers hired D'Antoni in November 2012 to replace Mike Brown, stunning many who though the job was a lock for Phil Jackson. D'Antoni was signed to a three-year, $12 million deal, with an option for a fourth year.