HANG TIME, Texas — OK, so Mike Brown got the ax after a 1-4 (.200) start and now Mike D’Antoni is 12-20 (.375) as his replacement.
In some places that maybe be called progress. In Laker Land it’s got many fans already looking for the next candidate to sit in Phil Jackson’s former big chair on the sidelines. Even Phil Jackson.
But while the angry villagers may be carrying torches and pitchforks as they make their way to storm the front gate, our man Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register says they’re wasting their time and kerosene:
There’s plenty of heat and speculation — and plenty for Mike D’Antoni to hash out as far as better utilizing his players, including 2013 free agent Dwight Howard — but I was told Thursday the Lakers are not considering a buyout or firing of D’Antoni as head coach.
The Lakers’ next chance to get off the floor is tonight, when they start a three-game homestand against Utah, Oklahoma City and New Orleans.
The bad news for D’Antoni’s critics is they’ll still have him to kick around as the Lakers try to stumble toward respectability. The good news is at least he’s got to stay there and watch it with them.
What do you think? Is it too crazy for the Lakers to bounce a second coach in the same season?