Mike D'Antoni could stay as LA Lakers coach

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Lakers head coach, Mike D'Antoni has become a very unpopular figure in Los Angeles this season as he guides the team to their worst finish since 1960.

The coach, currently in his second year with the team, has also alienated star players Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

However, according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, the Lakers organization are currently leaning towards retaining D'Antoni for another year.

D'Antoni does have another year left on his contract but it was assumed that the Lakers would bring in a replacement considering his unpopularity with fans.

Ding says: "D’Antoni has one more guaranteed season left on his Lakers contract, and the club is leaning toward retaining him despite some privately disgruntled players and massive public disdain."

Retaining D'Antoni would of course be a very unpopular move among Lakers fans as the organization attempts to rebuild after a disappointing season.

However, the Lakers organization may view 2014-15 as a rebuilding year as they work toward the loaded 2015 free agency class. This would make some sense considering that the Lakers with a returning Kobe Bryant and a lottery pick may not become a title contender.

Kobe Bryant may not be pleased to hear this news but another year of rebuilding could be the only way that he can secure another NBA title.

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