The Los Angeles Lakers seem to be in somewhat of a free-fall this season, ranking last in the Western Conference in terms of record at 22-42. It seems like there is an issue with the coaching position, although the players on the team aren’t exactly stars, and Kobe Bryant reportedly wants that fixed before he comes back to play next season.
News broke recently that the superstar and former MVP will sit out the remainder of the 2013-14 season and will not play again until 2014-15 when he will be 36 years of age and very near to the end of his illustrious career with the Lakers.
According to sources, Kobe doesn’t want current head coach Mike D’Antoni running the team when he comes back next year.
Report: Kobe Bryant wants Mike D’Antoni fired.
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) March 12, 2014
Although he hasn’t come out and said anything publicly, Kobe is right to want such a thing to happen, seeing as D’Antoni has had no success with the current team and many reports have stated the dysfunction in the locker room under the head coach.
Kobe is one of the best players of our time and for him to come out and say that he doesn’t want to play for a certain coach is a comment that should be taken seriously by the Lakers’ front office.
The guy has brought multiple rings to the Lakers and he is clearly not happy with the current coaching situation. I think the only way he could truly be happy is if the team brought in Phil Jackson to coach once again, but it’s already looking like he will be heading to the New York Knicks.
Time will tell who’s up next for the Lakers’ coaching job.
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