5 Questions That Will Determine the Lakers Future

True or False: The Lakers will fire Mike D’Antoni before the end of the season.

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Jordan Grant // @JordanGrant90:

False. As much as we all would like to see it, I just don’t think it will happen. Between Jim Buss’ pride and the payroll issues, it seems very unlikely. We can unanimously say the D’Antoni hire was a fail, proven by the fact that most Laker fans would be elated just to have Bickerstaff back.

Matevz Rojc // @MatevzRojc:

True. No disrespect to D’Antoni, but the man is too stubborn to coach this team. Also, he doesn’t pay attention to defense, which is what wins championships. The best thing to do is to let Bickerstaff run this team and not even search for a new head coach. Mike isn’t the right coach for a championship caliber team.

Jon Gaffer // @jewelslamo:

False. D’Antoni will get the axe as soon as the buzzer sounds in their last game of the season.

Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia:

False. The Lakers cannot afford this right now. However, at the end of the season, I believe D’Antoni will get thrown out of L.A. If the Lakers front office doesn’t do it, the fans certainly will.

Melvin Taylor // @PastPossible30:

False. Jim Buss is extremely comfortable with his hire and believes that D’Antoni will keep Steve Nash happy. As long as Nash is with the Lakers, D’Antoni will be also.

Felipe Amaral // @F_Amaral:

False. Even if D’Antoni can’t keep the momentum going his way, the Lakers front office won’t pull the plug on him. Not only would that cost a lot of money, but it would also be an acknowledgment that they made a mistake passing on Phil Jackson. However, after the season ends, it’s a whole different story.

Alex Lambeth // @AlexLambeth:

False. The Lakers should fire head coach Mike D’Antoni before season’s end, but they won’t. Along with the Lakers’ appalling defense, D’Antoni’s offensive system has constantly marginalized the Lakers’ personnel, and put players like Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant in ineffective positions. Fortunately for D’Antoni, the Lakers’ front office seems confident in D’Antoni’s coaching ability and it looks like the Lakers’ players have figured out how to play together on the court. Also, it would be unlikely for the Lakers to terminated yet another head coaches’ contract this season (D’Antoni was signed for 3 years).

James Cypert // @JamesCypert:

Jim Buss has been stubborn in most of his operational decisions with the Lakers. Former coach Mike Brown, chosen over Brian Shaw, made it to a second season before Buss admitted that he had hired the wrong man for the Lakers. Buss held off on trading away Andrew Bynum until the 11th hour. You’d have to believe that Mike D’Antoni, his most controversial hire, will stay as head coach until the end of next year. Realistically, who else is there for the job?

Oren Levy // @LakersOren:

False. Firing Mike D’Antoni this season does not make the Lakers likely NBA Champions. There is little to gain by making a coaching change, so the Lakers organization should consider future ramifications before making a decision on D’Antoni. They should let their new coach finish the season and see how he grows with the roster, and make a decision on him this summer before paying $12 million for another Mike to not coach the Lakers.

Anna Gonda // @AnnaLBG:

False. If the Lakers play has they have in these last few games, and then make the playoffs, D’Antoni will get another chance, and possibly another season. His circumstances coming in weren’t exactly favorable. Even Mike Brown got a second (though abridged) chance because of last season’s lockout and shortened schedule.

Robert Benitez // @beeb0:

This all depends on how the rest of the season turns out. If the Lakers go deep into the playoffs, I believe he keeps his job. But if they don’t, it will depend on Dwight Howard. Reports have said Dwight’s unhappy with D’Antoni’s offense, and if that is the case, Mike Brown better make room on his fishing boat.

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