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Lakers To Keep Mike D'Antoni For Next Season

Mitch Kupchak confirmed on Wednesday that Mike D'Antoni will return next season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

"Yeah, he's back. I think he's done a great job," Kupchak said to the Los Angeles Times. "There's been no discussions otherwise.

"He's made adjustments. He's been flexible. He's evaluated how he coaches as the season's progressed. He's listened to the players. He's very easy to work with and we think in particular since the meeting the day of the Memphis game, yeah."

D'Antoni has two more guaranteed years for a total of $8 million. 

"Much has been made of the injuries, and the coaching change [in November] and no training camp, which is certainly a part of it," Kupchak said of their up-and-down season.

"It takes a while. You're in New York coaching and you see the Lakers once or twice a year, you don't know the personnel. And the injury situation when he got here, Steve Nash had the broken leg. There's just too much going on to really look at it any other way."

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times
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