SALT LAKE CITY —
What will be
"I'm not going to discuss Mike other than to say there is no timetable for any type of decision. So there's really nothing to share," Kupchak told The Times.
It represented a departure from his comments last month that D'Antoni was "doing a great job under the circumstances."
That might still be true. The Lakers have lost a staggering 308 man-games to injury this season, making it hard to judge any coach.
So there's a lot to mull for the Lakers. D'Antoni presumably wants a quick decision but the team holds the keys to his contract.
In D'Antoni's favor, the Lakers owe him $4 million next season and are tired of paying people not to coach them. In the last 10 seasons, only
Rudy Tomjanovich was paid $9 million when he abruptly resigned as the Lakers' coach midway through the 2004-05 season. He was in the first season of a five-year, $30-million deal and later served as a consultant for the team.
The Lakers initially owed
The Lakers don't want the reputation of a coaching turnstile. It's what they become if they let D'Antoni go.
D'Antoni declined to speculate on his job status Monday. Asked about his future, he said he was prepared for exit meetings with players Thursday and Friday. And he was eager for Easter.
He gave a typically self-deprecating answer when asked how he kept his sanity this season.
"What sanity?" he said.
The Lakers (26-55) had never lost this many games in a season but ended a losing streak at seven games with a 119-104 victory over Utah on Monday. Their final game is Wednesday at San Antonio.
Where was Bryant?
The Lakers' radio and TV affiliates had been notified: Bryant would grab a microphone and say a few words on fan appreciation night at
He didn't show up.
It was a surprise to many, including Lakers radio play-by-play broadcaster John Ireland, who announced to listeners that Bryant was about to talk to fans before correcting himself, "No, wait. It's Nick Young."
Bryant arrived late to the game because of a migraine, a team spokesman said. The Lakers lost, 102-90.
Bryant hasn't played since December because of a fractured knee. He played only six games this season.
Kent Bazemore to have foot surgery
Reserve swingman Kent Bazemore will have foot surgery Wednesday at Stanford University.
Bazemore, acquired from
He averaged 13.1 points in 23 games with the Lakers.