Lakers' Mike D'Antoni interested in return to college basketball

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Mike D'Antoni is all but confirmed to be leaving his position as head coach of the LA Lakers this summer.

After a torrid season with the franchise, and having been publicly questioned by the likes of Kobe Bryant, it would be very surprising to see the 62-year old remain in charge after this season.

So with D'Antoni likely looking for a new coaching job in the near future reports are suggesting that he could seek solace in college basketball.

CBS Sports in reporting that D'Antoni's Alma mater, Marshal University, have reached out to the coach about the possibility of filling it's head coaching vacancy.

And apparently the interest is mutual:

"I would think his days are numbered based on Kobe saying he had no interest in playing for him next year," a source told CBS.

"If he isn't with the Lakers, I believe he will be at Marshall because there is mutual interest."

And D'Antoni who  spent time coaching the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, and New York Knicks prior to his arrival in Los Angeles in 2012 was coy on the link when asked Thursday night:

"I hear from them all the time.

"I'm the head of their capital (fundraising) campaign. I'm close friends to them. Whatever they need, I try to do. But...who knows," he told reporters after another defeat, this time to the Milwaukee Bucks last night.

D'Antoni played for the Thundering Herd between 1970-73 and, while it would clearly be a step down from his current NBA position, he may be interested in rebuilding his reputation with a program he is clearly comfortable with.

Marshal parted ways with their previous head coach, Tom Herrion, earlier in March after four seasons in charge.

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