Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Mike D'Antoni's coaching staff won't be any different than the staff that will coach the team tonight, with the exception of his brother Dan D'Antoni, who will be joining the staff.
It looks like the Lakers' coaching staff won't be getting a facelift after all. In an exclusive interview with the Los Angeles Times' T.J. Simers, D'Antoni said that the Lakers' current head coaching staff will remain intact.
He says his brother, Dan, will be joining the Lakers’ coaching staff but the rest of the staff should remain intact.
He hasn’t talked to defensive-minded coach Nate McMillan, but he says he intends to this summer, although he wouldn’t be surprised if McMillan is head coach by that time elsewhere.
The Lakers' coaching staff seems to be doing a fine job of not pissing off the players right now, so I guess this isn't such a bad thing after all. D'Antoni ruled out the possibility of hiring McMillan, which is something we thought might happen, at least for this season.
One thing that would be interesting is if the 0-8 Pistons end up firing Lawrence Frank, who has a horrid roster to work with. Frank was a defensive assist for the Boston Celtics and could do well in the same role with the Lakers. And then McMillan could replace him as the head coach of the Pistons! Everybody wins!