The time may have finally come for the Los Angeles Lakers to part ways with head coach Mike D'Antoni. According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News on March 12, Kobe Bryant wants a new coach calling the shots on the sidelines for the Lakers next season:
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.
Ever since D'Antoni took over for the fired Mike Brown in 2012, the former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks head coach has been public enemy number one in Los Angeles. Phil Jackson was ready and willing to take the head coaching gig for a third time, but the Lakers decided to go with D'Antoni overnight in a move that took everyone by surprise.
With D'Antoni unable to right the ship over the course of almost two seasons, the tension has started to mount in Los Angeles and appears to have hit a boiling point. The Lakers are currently in the midst of the worst season in recent memory and need some drastic changes to get back on the right track.
With Kobe Bryant going down with the torn Achilles tendon last season and having to miss the rest of this season with a knee fracture, the franchise has struggled without their superstar on the floor. Although Kobe was never 100 percent this year, the perennial All-Star expects to be by the start of next season and hopes changes will be made.