Mike D’Antoni can afford the clash against the San Antonio Spurs for the first round of the playoffs, with less pressure on his future.
Indeed, after a tough regular season, the head coach of the Californians saved his place by qualifying for the playoffs.
Mike D’Antoni is still on the bench of the LA Lakers next season: “Yes, he will be there,” assured Mitch Kupchak , the General Manager who reports the good points of the coach to Los Angeles Times .
“I think he did a great job and we have not thought of replacing him. He made adjustments, he was flexible. He made his cristicism as the season progressed. He listened to the players. He is someone with whom it is easy to work, especially since the meeting in Memphis. “
After the defeat against the Grizzlies, D’Antoni had found the words to allow the Angelinos then 12th in the West with 17 wins for 25 losses, to reverse the slope in their favor, with 28 victories in their last 40 games.