Mamba ruled out for rest of this year with knee injury.
Following the news that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will miss the rest of this season, it has been reported he has no ‘no interest’ in playing for coach Mike D’Antoni next season.
The 35-year-old conceded on Wednesday that he would miss the rest of the current season due to his knee injury, and in turn called upon the front office to lead the way as the franchise look to rebuild over the coming years.
Bryant spoke about the influence that the Buss family must have over future moves while also hinting that Phil Jackson should always be welcomed back if he were interested.
However, the former Lakers coach appears to be set for a front office role with the New York Knicks with reports suggesting an announcement could be set for the end of this week, while there are claims that Bryant has revealed that he does not want D’Antoni to be coach next year, as reported by CBS Sports.
Given that the Lakers are still paying off the contract of former coach Mike Brown, were they to dismiss D’Antoni too, they would effectively be paying three coaches simultaneously.
That is perhaps a scenario that they will want to avoid, although there has previously been reports that they will wait until the 2015 season in order to significantly rebuild with the free agency market.
Firstly, it remains to be seen whether or not there is any real truth behind the reports, and while it can be argued that D’Antoni has been severely effected by injuries throughout his tenure, it is unclear at this stage as to how the management view his efforts given he has rarely had a healthy roster.