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Mike D'Antoni seems secure in position, buys Manhattan Beach home

May 02, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Mike D'Antonio, in addition to being the Lakers' head coach, is now a California home owner.
Mike D'Antonio, in addition to being the Lakers' head coach,… (Robert Gauthie / Los Angeles…)

For the Mike D'Antoni detractors, there certainly doesn't seem to be any momentum for pushing him out as coach of the Lakers.

As reported by Lauren Beale of the Times, D'Antoni has purchased a $6.9-million home in Manhattan Beach.

D'Antoni left the New York Knicks voluntarily. Buying a home in the Los Angeles area certainly suggests he's not resigning his position with the Lakers.

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak has been clear that he has every intention of giving D'Antoni a chance to prove what he can do with the team given a full training camp and a healthy roster.

The Lakers fired Mike Brown five games into the season. D'Antoni coached for 72 games but helped lead the team to a 28-12 finish -- a 57-win pace.

With Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and Metta World Peace all injured during the playoffs, the Lakers were swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs.

While the Staples Center crowd chanted, "We want Phil!" through the very last game, a Phil Jackson reunion doesn't appear to be in the cards.

If his position is in any danger, D'Antoni certainly doesn't seem concerned.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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