An ESPN.com report published Tuesday night claimed D’Antoni had lost his locker room, as an anonymous source was quoted saying “he doesn’t have the respect of the team anymore.” The report said it’s unlikely D’Antoni would return as coach next season — if he survived this season at all.
While retired Lakers and Bulls coach Phil Jackson has frequently been named as a possible successor to D’Antoni, sources close to retired Utah coach Jerry Sloan say he would be interested in the position. Sloan retired abruptly in February 2011, and was pursued by a number of teams during the summer before resisting the recruiting efforts. In an interview with SI.com in early January, he said he was considering a return.
Interesting. I hear a lot of Jackson detractors say he’s “too old” to coach anymore. Sloan will turn 70 this month.
Sources say the Lakers and even the Knicks are among the teams who have engaged with the Magic in recent days. Howard has told close friends that he doesn’t want to play for the Lakers, but deals have been discussed between the two teams with the shared hope that he would change his stance.