Sources: Marshall Reaches Out To Mike D'Antoni
Marshall has reached out to Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni to gauge his curiosity in coaching his alma mater, according to sources close to the method.
Sources advised ESPN.com that the Thundering Herd have pursued D'Antoni earlier than and made this latest inquiry – which coincides along with his unsure future in Los Angeles – as a result of they "always sound him out" any time Marshall has a gap in a bow to D'Antoni's stature in school history.
However sources harassed D'Antoni is highly unlikely to make such a switch even if the Lakers go for a coaching change at season's end. Although he has served as an unofficial sounding board for college officers up to now, D'Antoni has coached solely on the pro level, with three stops in Italy and stints with the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Lakers in the NBA.
Marshall has reached out to Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni to gauge his interest in coaching his alma mater, sources said.
"Come on, guys," D'Antoni stated in an exasperated tone when asked in regards to the Marshall inquiry after the Lakers' 108-a hundred and five loss to the final-place Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. "Come on. OK, good. That ESPN is throughout it. That's good."
D'Antoni then was requested whether he had any latest communication with representatives from his alma mater.
"I hear from them all the time," D'Antoni mentioned. "I am the top of their capital [fundraising] campaign. I am shut friends to them. No matter they want, I attempt to do. However.. who knows."
D'Antoni played for the Thundering Herd from 1970 to '73, and was chosen in the second spherical of the 1973 NBA draft. His brother, Dan, additionally performed and coached at the college before serving on Mike's staffs with both the Suns and Lakers.
Marshall is looking to exchange Tom Herrion, who was fired after posting a sixty seven-67 mark in 4 seasons.
The harm-ravaged Lakers entered Thursday's play at 24-46. They went forty-32 final season after D'Antoni changed Mike Brown early within the 2012-13 campaign, however quite a few accidents and in-home tensions throughout Dwight Howard's lone season as a Laker led to a primary-spherical sweep at the hands of San Antonio.
In a recent appearance on "The Dan Patrick Present," amid hypothesis that he has been disenchanted with D'Antoni's unfold-the-floor method, Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant said: "I don't know [if D'Antoni ought to return]. It has been powerful on him. The 2 years he is been right here, he's been dealing with so many injuries left and proper. He hasn't actually gotten a fair shake at it since he's been right here."
D'Antoni has two seasons left on his Lakers contract but solely next season is guaranteed. When pressed recently about his future, D'Antoni informed native reporters: "My job is to finish up nearly as good as we will. Then everybody huddles.. and we'll see what occurs."