Marshall University has reached out to Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni about the possibility of taking over as their head basketball coach. D’Antoni played for the Thundering Herd from 1970 to ’73, and according to ESPN, has been contacted by his alma mater in the past nearly every time the position was open.
“I hear from them (Marshall) all the time,” D’Antoni said. “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.”
When asked if he had any interest in going to Marshall after the Lakers lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 108-105 Thursday night, D’Antoni simply avoided the situation by responding, “Come on, guys, come on. OK, good. That ESPN is all over it. That’s good.”
However, CBSSports.com has reported that there is “mutual interest” between the two sides.
“‘I would think his days are numbered based on Kobe saying he had no interest in playing for him next year,’ a source told CBSSports.com. ‘If he isn’t with the Lakers, I believe he will be at Marshall because there is mutual interest.’
The source added that Marshall has donors willing to pony up money in an attempt to woo D’Antoni.”
The Thundering Herd program is looking to replace Tom Herrion, who was let go after compiling a 67-67 record after 4 years.
D’Antoni has one year left on his contract after this season with the Lakers, and an option to return for the 2015-2016 season as well.
His time in Los Angeles has been marred by countless injuries from key players, a change of ownership following the death of Jerry Buss, and a change of direction for the team after the departure of Dwight Howard last offseason. All of that has accumulated to a just a 64-78 record in the two seasons D’Antoni has been at the helm.
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