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Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (63) / 5/8/1951
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 190
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The Lakers are reportedly set to court Kevin Ollie and John Calipari as part of their head coaching search.

The Lakers were left without a head coach following Mike D'Antoni's resignation on Wednesday, and it sounds as if this year's last two coaches standing in the NCAA Tournament will be on their radar. A source close to the Lakers said they want to "make a splash" and plan on reaching out to both Ollie and Calipari to gauge their interest. Former Laker players Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis, and Derek Fisher have all come up as potential coaches as well, but the Lakers' focus is to "hold back [on the coaching front] until they get a better sense of the marketplace," according to the source.
Source: ESPN
May 1 - 1:17 PM

Mike D'Antoni's agent elaborated on the coach's reasoning for his resignation as the Lakers' head coach on Wednesday.

D'Antoni had one more guaranteed year on his contract, but decided to walk away from the situation due to the Lakers' reluctance to pick up his 2015-16 option. "In order for Mike to have done his job, we felt that having the option year picked up would have changed the narrative," D'Antoni's agent Warren LeGarie said Wednesday. "They knew that Mike would have been the coach and there would have been a different reaction." D'Antoni is still interested in coaching, according to sources close to him, but we'll have to await word to see if there is reciprocal interest around the league.
May 1 - 11:34 AM

Mike D'Antoni has resigned from his position as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to general manager Mitch Kupchak.

"Given the circumstances, I don’t know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons," Kupchak said. "On behalf of the Lakers, we thank Mike for the work ethic, professionalism and positive attitude that he brought to the team every day. We wish him the best of luck." D'Antoni's disastrous season with the Lakers can be blamed on injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and most of the rest of the Lakers, but D'Antoni's style never seemed to work with the healthy players he had and the Lakers' train wreck of a season was, frankly, embarrassing. No word on who his replacement might be, but it's a safe bet that Kobe will have plenty of input into who gets the job.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 30 - 9:21 PM

Mike D'Antoni is seeking a commitment from Lakers' management on the 2015-16 option in his contract.

Lakers management has committed to bringing D'Antoni back for next season, but have been reluctant to acquiesce to his wishes to pick up the 2015-16 option as of yet. D'Antoni is attempting to avoid going into the 2014-15 season as a lame-duck so we don't blame him for pushing the issue, but it looks like he's going to have to wait this one out for the time being.
Apr 29 - 11:16 AM

The Lakers management has agreed on bringing back Mike D’Antoni for next season, according to the Orange County Register.

It's probably not what Lakers fans want to hear after his team had the worst year of the franchise based on record. Although, his team missed a whopping 319 games due to injury which led to a total of 35 different starting lineups. Beat writer Kevin Ding added that Lakers management has not met with D'Antoni yet, so there is still more to come on this story.
Apr 26 - 12:11 AM

Rex Chapman tweeted on Monday that John Calipari would replace Mike D'Antoni as Lakers head coach next season.

Chapman later said he thinks Calipari will stay at Kentucky, while Calipari hedged a bit when asked about it after losing the NCAA Championship game to the UConn on Monday night. The rumors will persist, but as of now, Calipari to the Lakers is nothing more than just that - a rumor.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 8 - 10:19 AM

General manager Mitch Kupchak admitted the Lakers will have a different approach for the trade deadline.

"If you’re asking me do I think if we’ll pick up somebody that will help us this year, that’s probably not the approach we’re taking," Kupchak said. "Although it’d be great to pick up a player or two you can evaluate, or even just acquire and have another year or two that can help the team going forward." The Lakers will be in the spotlight for possibly dealing Pau Gasol (groin) and should have plenty of rumors in the next week.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 14 - 12:18 AM

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak admitted the team's handling of the Mike D'Antoni hire was "clumsy."

Kupchak was referring to a late-night call the team made to Phil Jackson before hiring D'Antoni. There's been some differing accounts on how the Lakers' decision process went down, but the fact is last season's roster was not exactly the best match for D'Antoni's system. We remain skeptical of his ability to turn this roster back into a legit contender, but they should have better chemistry at least with Dwight Howard now in Houston. Time will tell.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 03:40:00 PM

The Lakers will honor former owner Dr. Jerry Buss on Jan. 28, according to his daughter and current team executive Jeanie Buss.

Buss died during the 2012-13 season after owning the Lakers for over 30 years. It's nearly impossible to separate the legendary businessman from the mystique of the purple and gold and we imagine it's only a matter of time before Jerry Buss ends up with a statue outside of the Staples Center.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 03:11:00 PM

New assistant coach Kurt Rambis said that he's not sure how fast the Lakers can play this season.

"The [Lakers] still have big people and I think you have to take advantage of the big people," Rambis said. "You can’t ignore them because they are an asset to your offense." When Mike D'Antoni is the head coach, his teams usually are encouraged to push the pace. D'Antoni made the seven-second offense popular in Phoenix with Steve Nash, but Nash just isn't capable of what he was almost a decade ago. The team should run their offense through Pau Gasol more, so he could be a bit of value in fantasy leagues after a sub-par season in 2012-13. The Lakers were sixth in the NBA in pace last year, which could be a reasonable expectation.
Source: LA Times
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 09:41:00 AM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he'll use an 11-man rotation this season.

It's not a very realistic goal, but it speaks to the fragility of the Lakers' roster. Steve Nash will be on a minutes cap, Kobe Bryant turns 35 next month and is coming off an Achilles' tear and Chris Kaman has been unable to sustain health for the last six seasons. Guys like Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Hill, Wes Johnson, Nick Young, Jodie Meeks and Robert Sacre are all going to be in the mix for minutes. Perhaps only Pau Gasol can be trusted. It's far from an ideal fantasy situation.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 02:32:00 PM

Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis will focus on improving the team's defense, which he says "never really gave them a chance to win [last season]."

And that was when they had Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace and Earl Clark, all of whom are gone. The Lakers have a new projected starting lineup of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman, backed up by Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks, Wes Johnson and Jordan Hill. Opponents are already forming a layup line.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 01:54:00 PM

Kurt Rambis announced on Monday that he will be back with the Lakers as an assistant.

He made the announcement on Twitter and the first report of Rambis going back to the Lakers surfaced about a month ago. He's been a TV analyst for ESPN and ranks sixth on the franchise's total rebounding list. Johnny Davis was also hired to be an assistant on Monday.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 01:06:00 PM

Mike D'Antoni has been assured by GM Mitch Kupchak that his job as head coach is safe for the 2013-14 season.

Dwight Howard reportedly has "disdain" for D'Antoni's system, but that isn't stopping L.A. from keeping MDA in place. He's already grooming his staff for next season, with Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis emerging as possible assistants.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 10:08:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Steve Nash
2Kendall Marshall
3Jordan Clarkson
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Xavier Henry
3MarShon Brooks
SF1Wes Johnson
2Nick Young
PF1Ryan Kelly
2Kent Bazemore
3Julius Randle
4Jordan Hill
5Shawne Williams
C1Pau Gasol
2Robert Sacre