Kobe Bryant was asked to share his thoughts and reaction regarding the Mike D’Antoni buyout. He did not seem too emotional about the subject.
“Honestly, I didn’t care,” Kobe told Jimmy Kimmel during a guest appearance.
Kobe Bryant could care less when it came to Mike D’Antoni’s departure. However, Bryant hopes to be involved in the process of electing a new head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. Moreover, Kobe Bryant admitted that D’Antoni should not take too much heat regarding the Lakers losing season.
“Mike was dealt a really bad hand in dealing with all the injuries that he had here,” Bryant said. “This is a tough place, man. If you’re not winning, you’re not going to survive, man.”
Kobe Bryant said the Lakers did not contact him prior to the hiring of their last two coaches, but hopes they do on the third one. Further into the interview, Bryant explained that the players do not have to like the coach, as long as the results are there. He believes that chemistry and friendship comes with success. As of right now, Kevin Ollie, Tom Thibodeau, Lionel Hollins, George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Byron Scott and Mike Dunleavy are possible Lakers coaching targets.