Report: Lakers to bring back D’Antoni as coach for third season
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.