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Dan D'Antoni to coach Marshall, according to school's athletic director

April 24, 2014|By Eric Pincus
  • Dan D'Antoni coaches Lakers players during a practice in 2012 while his brother, head coach Mike D'Antoni, watches.
Dan D'Antoni coaches Lakers players during a practice in 2012 while… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

Will D'Antoni be back to coach the Lakers?

The franchise has yet to announce the future of Coach Mike D'Antoni, but assistant Dan D'Antoni may be moving on to coach at Marshall University.

Mike had been linked to his alma mater but on Thursday, Mike Hamrick, athletic director at Marshall, tweeted Dan will be the Thundering Herd's next coach.

Dan joined his brother on the Lakers' bench early into the 2012-13 season, after the franchise fired Mike Brown.

The Lakers finished last season at 45-37, but fell quickly out of the playoffs at the hand of the San Antonio Spurs after Kobe Bryant was lost to an Achilles' injury.

Bryant was only able to play six games during the current season, the worst in the team's history (27-55) since moving to Los Angeles.

The Lakers are currently evaluating their options, including head coach.

"Mike is under contract for two more years. If anything changes, we’ll let you know,” said General Manager Mitch Kupchak on Friday.  “Under the circumstances, I’m not sure anybody could have done a better job than he did."

If D'Antoni remains, it would appear to be without his brother and staunchest ally.

According to Hamrick, the official announcement is forthcoming.


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