Here is what I said on May 23rd in this thread:
Remember back right after the Lakers season ended, and there were multiple reports that D'Antoni was going to be hiring a defensive assistant?
Well there are some interesting rumors swirling (some speculation, some from within the organization) around right now that Jim Buss actually was OK with letting MDA go towards the end of the season, but backpedaled after they closed the season on a good note.
Then, after Kobe's injury, Mitch gave Mike the "vote of confidence" (yeah right coughMikeBrowncough) that he was going to be around and that he could hire defensive assistants.
Here is where things get goofy...apparently there is a relative [expletive] show going on in Laker management right now with Jeanie trying to make a power play. Mitch Kupchak (rumors again) has told MDA to freeze all coaching searches for assistants - it is why we are hearing of all these current Lakers staffers going elsewhere - and NO RUMORS of replacements yet.
This is predicated on 2 things: Dwight's pending FA and the average price season ticket holders are willing to pay is going DOWN.
Jeanie is working very, very closely with Jim right now on figuring out how to best keep Dwight Howard, and Phil Jackson's recent media rampage is not coincidence. Jim is APPARENTLY WILLING to let go of MDA as we approach the first week of July. He will not let MDA go before then though.
Again, the biggest thing for fans to watch right now is the HIRING OF NEW ASSISTANTS. From what I hear, as long as this internal battle is going on in the FO, hiring is on freeze. The freeze will end with either new assistants for MDA or new assistants for Phil.
Good news? Bad news? Well hell, I don't even know if this is news. But I said I was 100% sure that MDA would be back, but from what I hear...Jim & Jeanie are working out other plans.
Nate McMillan and Gentry are just the next pieces to fall. Do you guys honestly believe that a good friend of MDA and an assistant Olympic coach and previous NBA head coach would be passed over by the Lakers if they had intent to keep MDA?
I need to go thank my friends for being real with me and updating me.