To succeed as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers there’s plenty of criteria a candidate should have. The support of Kobe Bryant is paramount.
It will be probably worry the already under fire Mike D’Antoni then, that it appears he has lost the backing of his team’s biggest player. According to the Los Angeles Times the legendary shooting guard remains sceptical over whether or not D’Antoni has done enough to secure his position for next season, with the Lakers experiencing one of their worst seasons in the franchise’s history.
When asked whether he believed the coach would still be around next term, Bryant said only: "I don't know.
"It's been tough on him. The two years that he's been here, he's been dealing with so many injuries left and right. He hasn't really gotten a fair deal, fair shake at it since he's been here."
Obviously Bryant’s own injuries - not only the Achilles complaint which forced him out for the first half of this season, but also the knee problem which has ruled him out ever since - have had the most impact upon the Lakers results.
The 35-year-old former All-Star’s absence has been a critical disadvantage this year, with the side not only currently owning a woeful record of 22-45 in the Western Conference, but also having already been ruled out of contention for the playoffs.