This is what happens when you preside over the WORST LOSS IN LAKERS HISTORY and the lowest winning percentage for the team since it moved to L.A. in 1960.
Firing him would be. At least right now.
There is no point in installing an interim coach in a season that has become such an epic fail that now the more losses, the better for draft lottery purposes. So what if
There is also no point in starting to build a winning culture when the players who will the lead the turnaround haven't even arrived.
The unfortunate truth is that the Lakers are probably locked into at least one more awful season and might as well drag D'Antoni along for the ride, especially because he's under contract and will get paid either way. With
No matter whom the Lakers draft this summer, that player is probably not going to make them playoff contenders next season, even alongside a healthy
This is not to say that D'Antoni is the long-term answer for the Lakers. He doesn't communicate properly with players, doesn't embrace defense and doesn't do enough to shake his team out of soul-sucking losses like its 48-point debacle against the
But right now, he's the perfect coach for a bad team and there's no reason to jettison him until the Lakers are ready to take flight.
Scoring 40 points or more in the
This season, it's being done by guys who still need to show ID just to get into their home arenas.
Phoenix's Gerald Green became the latest unknown to produce a career game when he scored 41 points Thursday against Oklahoma City, joining Toronto's
Ross is averaging only 10.6 points, Thornton often comes off the bench and Green acknowledged he isn't exactly a household name.
"I'm still trying to prove myself," Green said after a performance that included a 25-point third quarter. "I haven't done anything in this league."