Mike D’Antoni plans to speak with Mitch Kupchak about roster in Miami

BOSTON — Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has and will not publicly advocate for the front office to make a roster change.

But with it remaining uncertain when Pau Gasol will return from a torn plantar fascia of his right foot, D’Antoni said he will meet with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak fairly soon about the team’s personnel.

“We’ll get together in Miami probably and we’ll see how it goes,” D’Antoni said.

The Lakers play the Heat Sunday and are scheduled to practice in Miami on Saturday.

One of the first items of business could involve determining whether the Lakers would use the disabled players exception the NBA granted because of Jordan Hill’s season-ending left hip injury. Kupchak has publicly said he didn’t plan on using it because of Earl Clark’s emergence.

But the Lakers will find out sometime today how long Gasol will remain sidelined after he receives an examination from a team doctor and foot specialist.

“You hate it for him. he’s been playing really well,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t know how long he will be out. But it’s significant time. We dug ourselves in a hole and we’ll have to dig ourselves out without him. It’s not the best scenario. But it can be done. We’re going to do it.”

The Lakers can use the disabled players exception to sign a free agent for up to one season or acquire a player making up to $1.88 million through a trade. So don’t expect an firework acquisitions out of this. But from a pure numbers standpoint, it might be necessary for the Lakers to make a move with the exception.

The Lakers have also indicated they don’t plan on making any moves before the Feb. 21 trade deadline because it would add to the instability surrounding this season because of a coaching change, new roles and overlapping injuries. The Lakers also have a $100 million payroll and are paying an additional $30 million in luxury taxes.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.stuart.3572 Bill Stuart

    The Lakers should just go buy Lamar Odom’s contract from the Clippers, if they will let him go. He’s a laker at heart and can play the 3, 4 and 5. He will adapt instantly. Or give them Duhan or somebody.

  • Jon K

    FIRE MIKE D’ANTONI!!!!

  • MIKE D’antoni

    FIRE MIKE ANTONI without D immediately!!!!worst coach in the nba history

  • laker for life

    I will make it unanimous – FIRE Dantoni. Most ridiculous coach the lakers have had in quite some time. Makes brown look like a genius! did he do any coaching against celtics? At least he did not push kobe to play in the 4th quarter. The only part of the game worth watching was the last 5 minutes when we actually saw guys from the bench (morris, ebanks, sacre, meeks, and even duhon who I don’t necessarily like even that much) play with some hustle and at least see some floor time. Yay. Now, FIRE Dantoni!

    • hookedonnews

      D’Antoni is not the problem, and he’s not going to be fired. Management has already said he won’t be fired. And no, he doesn’t make Mike Brown look like a genius. The Lakers weren’t exactly burning up the league before he was fired, but no one seems to remember 0-11. Put any other team in the league in this same situation with these same players, and your’re not going to see any appreciable difference. Coaches are great, but they aren’t miracle workers. Everyone knew the Lakers had a mediocre bench when the season started. Now Hill and Gasol are gone, and Howard is playing with a bad back and a bad shoulder. Time to wake up to reality and stop believing that another coach would make that big a difference.

      • tklsmooth

        D’ANTONI IS “ONE” OF THE PROBLEMS ! HIS SUBSTITUTION PATTERN STINKS ! HE’LL KEEP THE JOB IF HE STOPS EXPERIMENTING ! THEY SHOULD HAVE HIRED JERRY SLOAN !

        • the equalizer

          @ tklsmooth..i second hooked on news…why do you think he’s been experimenting with substitutions since he started? no training camp, nash, blake pau, howard and hill injuries…and now pau out again and howard still injured …u don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know this…jerry sloan wasn’t going to miraculously heal those injuries…coach D is doing a good job under the circumstances…goo lakes

    • tklsmooth

      COME ON MAN ! MAKE MIKE BROWN LOOK LIKE A GENIUS ? ARE YOU SERIOUS ? I DONT SEE D’ANTONI OR BROWN EVER MAKING THE HALL OF FAME AS A COACH BUT WE’VE HAD WORSE ! MAGIC JOHNSON AND KURT RAMBIS TO NAME A COUPLE BUT WE’VE EVEN HAD GUY’S WORSE THAN THEM

  • Bob Brown

    I’m in utter disbelief and disgust that D’Antoni said he will meet with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak FAIRLY SOON about the team’s personnel. With all the Laker problems, I would think D’Antoni and Kupchap would be talking EVERY DAY.

    • hookedonnews

      The injury to Gasol just came up. I doubt that most coaches and GMs speak every day. D’Antoni has been out of town doing his job.

  • Marty Susman

    This whole year is a pathetic joke and has shown just how bad an owner like Jim Buss can be for a once great team….Even a chikd can see that both Mike’s were the wring coachs for this team…You don’t have ti be an nba expert to see Kobe is doing everything he can to chase Dwight iut of LA. The same can be saud if this coach and look only as far as last nights insults to see him put Dwight back in and that tells you everything you need to know about Mike the coach…

  • Marty Susman

    Add to the Dwight joke Nash, older and slower and you can see just how stupid hiring this coach was. …The only way to fix this mess is to open next season without, Dwight, Nash, Gasol, Blake, Duhan, ,beasley, Morris, Ebanks, Jamison and bring in YOUTH, SPEED and DESIRE…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1092974573 Terry Harper

    Can’t believe what little buss and d’antoni are doing?
    Doesn’t anyone in or around the Lakers organization have the courage to confront them on making one mistake after another???
    Is little buss such a tantrum thrower that everyone is afraid to point out that he’s destroying this team one decision at a time?
    This clown has never earned the right to run one of the best NBA teams in history.

    It’s pathetic that his dad won’t step in and take over again or at least find someone who is competent enough to do it???
    LA’s collective basketball heart is breaking, and it could be avoided…..

  • Wizkid

    911 -Lakers bench and a shooter/re-bounder/defensive minded player!?

  • tklsmooth

    I REALLY DONT UNDERSTAND MIKE D’ANTONI’S REASONING ! IT TOOK HIM THE WHOLE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON TO FIGURE OUT THAT EARL CLARK COULD PLAY ! BEFORE THAT HE HAD JORDAN HILL SITTING ON THE BENCH, DESPITE EVERYTHING HE HAD DONE FOR US PREVIOUSLY ! NOW, DWIGHT HOWARD HAS TO PLAY HURT, PAU GASOL IS OUT FOR UP TO 8 WEEKS, AND JORDAN HILL IS OUT FOR THE SEASON ! THAT’S OUR 3 BEST BIG MEN BUT GUESS WHAT ? WE HAVE A GUY ON THE BENCH NAMED ROBERT SACRE’ ! A 7 FOOTER, POWERFULLY BUILT, AGILE, YOUNG, TAKES UP ROOM IN THE PAINT, CAN BLOCK SHOTS, AND CAN SCORE ! AND PLAYED HIS COLLEGE BALL AT GONZAGA ! NOW THEY HAVEN’T WON ANY CHAMPIONSHIPS BUT GONZAGA IS STILL ONE OF THE TOP BASKETBALL PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY, AND THEY ARE VERY WELL COACHED ! THEY DESERVE MENTION ALONGSIDE UCLA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, DUKE, NORTH CAROLINA, ETC. IF D’ANTONI WOULD ONLY GIVE THIS KID A CHANCE HE MIGHT DISCOVER THAT HE HAS ANOTHER DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH LIKE EARL CLARK ! SACRE MADE THE TEAM BECAUSE HE PROVED HIMSELF ! PLAYING TIME WILL ONLY MAKE HIM BETTER ! GIVE HIM A CHANCE AND STOP TRYING TO PLAY 6-7, 6-8, AND 6-9 GUY’S AT CENTER ! THIS IS THE NBA ! WE NEED A 7 FOOTER TO HELP OUT DWIGHT HOWARD !

    • the equalizer

      agree with you on sacre…when howard is out, sacre needs to get some minutes…the kid has great energy and is fundamentally sound on defense and has some good post moves…

  • JACK

    let someone do the job. it’s not working..HELLO…