Report: Marshall contacts Mike D'Antoni about coaching vacancy
Marshall has contacted Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni about the school's coaching vacancy, ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman and Marc Stein reported Thursday.
According to the report, the Thundering Herd have previously made overtures to D'Antoni, a Marshall alum who played at the school from 1970-73. They "always sound him out" whenever their head coaching position is vacant.
However, this inquiry is somewhat unique in that it comes as D'Antoni's status with the Lakers is very much up in the air after the season. The Lakers sit second-to-last in the Western Conference standings and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Last season, D'Antoni's first on the job, the fractured Lakers barely made it to the postseason and were swept out in the first round.
Despite the chance he's not back in Los Angeles next season, ESPN reported it's not likely D'Antoni would go from the NBA to Marshall. He has only coached at the professional level, both in Italy and the NBA, where he has helmed the Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks. REPORTS: Mark Jackson's future uncertain with Warriors >