Mike D'Antoni could be in trouble.
D'Antoni comes out of postgame news conference and into a closed-door meeting in his office with Mitch Kupchak.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) December 30, 2013
Something tells me Mitch Kupchak and Magic Mike weren't exchanging belated Christmas pleasantries.
Those organizations aren't currently the poster franchises for stability, in case you haven't noticed. All three of them are at least 10 games under .500, outside the baseborn Eastern Conference's playoff bubble and sitting on the panic button.
This situation is different, of course. Only Kupchak and D'Antoni met together, so perhaps the Lakers, who are 13-18 on the season, aren't ready to panic. But that doesn't mean all is well or D'Antoni's job safe.
Los Angeles has lost five straight, the last two of which came against the tanking Utah Jazz and Sixers, who account for two of the league's four worst records.
"I don't know what our problem is, but we were out of sorts a little bit," D'Antoni said after Los Angeles' loss to Philly, via Lakers Nation's Serena Winters. "We have guys battling, but it's just not enough right now."
Words worthy of termination, right?
Failure to provide answers normally precedes a stay in unemployment, but the Lakers are in a unique situation. They're not healthy, or even close to healthy. Or even in the same area code as healthy.
It's not like Chris Kaman has been a bundle of durability, either. Toss in the knee injury Xavier Henry suffered against Philadelphia, and depth is a fictional concept in Los Angeles.
At full strength, the Lakers shouldn't be losing to Utah or Philadelphia. Though the Lakers aren't contenders, they're not tankers either.
Should the Lakers fire Mike D'Antoni?
But the Lakers aren't at full strength. Jordan Farmar and Nick Young have been running point. That's how thin they are.
We can't even begin to fathom what Kupchak and D'Antoni were discussing behind that door. Maybe it was about the roster or D'Antoni's job security. Perhaps they were exchanging New Year's Eve hors d'oeuvre recipes. We don't know.
"There's no secret formula or sauce," Coach Mike D'Antoni said, per the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan. "We've got to get some guys healthy and try to stay fairly close and hope Blake comes back and Pau comes back and Kobe comes back and try to do something. The biggest thing is keeping our guys' heads up and going."
Until the Lakers are actually healthy, or they find a coach carrying that mythical "special sauce," calling for D'Antoni's job is utter nonsense.