Mike D'Antoni has postponed his Lakers coaching debut, still trying to recover from recent knee surgery. The duties will once again fall on Bernie Bickerstaff as interim head coach when the Lakers play the Houston Rockets on Sunday night at Staples Center.
Bickerstaff previously coached the Seattle SuperSonics, Denver Nuggets, Washington Bullets/Wizards and Charlotte Hornets before his four-game run with the Lakers.
“Yes, I’m turning the gavel over,” Bickerstaff had said after Friday's victory over the Suns, which he had thought would be his last game as interim coach.
Bickerstaff is now in the books as the most successful Lakers coach in franchise history, at least by winning percentage (3-1, .750).
“That will get me a popsicle,” he joked Friday. “When all is said and done, I thought it was said that it would be a footnote. It will be something that will be in history that maybe my grandkids can talk about.”