On the same day the Lakers announced that Kobe Bryant would not return to the team for the remainder of the current season, a report says the team's superstar doesn't want to play for coach Mike D'Antoni when he returns.
Sean Deveney of Sporting News cites multiple sources as saying Bryant has "no interest" in playing for D'Antoni in the future and wants a new coach for the 2014-15 season. Bryant is still recovering from a knee injury suffered six games into his comeback from last year’s Achilles injury.
D'Antoni's future with the Lakers already was in doubt. The Lakers are 22-42 this season and headed for a lottery pick. On Wednesday morning, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said on First Take that a source said D’Antoni would be gone, especially in light of the Lakers’ possible pursuit of free-agent Carmelo Anthony. GOLLIVER: Five NBA stars who need postseason wins