Found October 21, 2013 on Sports Report SoCal:
Mike D’Antoni was not well liked by Los Angeles Lakers fans from the beginning simply because it stopped the legendary zen-master from returning to his throne.  Phil Jackson arguably would have been better suited to deal with Dwight Howard but D’Antoni was given the job and he didn’t do much to change the fans minds.  The coach finished 40-32 and the team severely underperformed with such an all-star cast barely making the playoffs finishing 7th in the West Coast.  The late playoff push also notably cost the Lakers their superstar as Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon after 78 games of heavy playing time and little rest.  Although injury setbacks hurt the Lakers last season, that excuse may not work twice in Los Angeles. If the Lakers don’t make the playoffs, it may not be the end of D’Antoni, but it depends how the team looks during the season.  The point of this season is to get Kobe back healthy and strong, and to find some long term solutions for swing men and defense.  If Nick Young, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson, Elias Harris, Ryan Kelly, Marcus Landry, Shawne Williams or other returning players can have a breakout season they may guarantee themselves a spot on what will be a revamped line up in 2014.  The Lakers need youth and now that they have it, this season will serve as a big test for D’Antoni as to whether he can mold these young shooters into potential stars. But if D’Antoni has an embarrassing season and makes Kobe Bryant look bad in any way, don’t be surprised to see a new coach in LA.  If that happens possibly bringing back Phil Jackson could entice any other big-name star to come to the city of angels and make the Lakers a title contender again.  If they couldn’t get Jackson they could try to convince Future Hall of fame coach George Karl to try and come win his first championship with the Lakers. D’Antoni may have front office support as of now, but that has been known to change quickly and he may not be safe as long as he may think.  Just ask Mike Brown.

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