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Lakers News And Rumors Recap: Mitch Kupchak Talks About Off-Season

Earlier today, the Lakers conducted their final exit interviews with Kendall Marshall, MarShon Brooks, head coach Mike D’Antoni, and general manager Mitch Kupchak.

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During Kupchak’s interview, he spoke mainly about free agency and the 2014 NBA Draft. While many expect Pau Gasol to sign elsewhere, Kupchak said that the two-time champion is a priority for the Lakers. In addition to Gasol, trading this year’s high draft pick is a possibility as the Lakers look to rebuild into championship contenders.

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Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki Reminisce On Mavs Days On ‘The Finish Line’

Lakers News: Rookie Ryan Kelly Believes Lakers ‘Want’ Him Back

Pau Gasol Says Kobe Is ‘One Of The Main Reasons Why I Would Come Back’

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LA Lakers Wrap Lousy Season With Uncertain Future – Yahoo Sports

Pau Gasol Says Farewell To Lakers, Maybe For Good – Yahoo Sports

Lakers Insider: Draft Lottery Reality Check, Coaching Candidates And More – Bleacher Report

GM Mitch Kupchak Preaches Patience For Lakers Fans – LA Times

Interview List For Los Angeles Lakers’ Next Head Coach – Bleacher Report

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Carmelo Anthony Talks Free Agency, Knicks Future And More At Exit Interview – Bleacher Report

Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge Open To Paul Pierce Returning To Team – Bleacher Report

Amar’e Stoudemire: ‘We Didn’t Quite Buy Into’ Mike Woodson’s System – Bleacher Report

Proposed NBA Age Limit Would Keep Players From Joining The NBA For Two Additional Seasons – SB Nation

Bucks Ownership Group Likely To Add Local Investors – SB Nation

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Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak On NBA Draft, No. 1 Pick And Trading The Pick


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  • Jay Brodes

    i want jabari and dantoni needs to go..exit stage left!!! thanks!

  • Daryl Peek

    “D’Antoni was the scapegoat for most Lakers fans. However, nearly every player offered their support to MDA, and most importantly, Kupchak supported him. While it wasn’t a hard stance, Kupchak pointed out repeatedly that D’Antoni had two years remaining on his contract and if anything changed, he’d let everyone know. We certainly won’t know in the near future the state of D’Antoni’s employment, but the sense right now is he’s staying.”

    • e3bonz

      A team needs time to build chemistry, getting any more than a few new faces could be a start from scratch as was last year. As for MDA, the coaching staff usually takes the blame for a bad season, whether it’s deserved or not.

      • Daryl Peek

        Agreed but those are not my words and MDA may or may not survive this horrible season but nothing coming from the FO indicates he gone as most are hoping for.

        • e3bonz

          I don’t foresee too many changes for this next season, maybe a pick trade for Love.

          • Daryl Peek

            Judging from the tone of both Kupchak and MDA many who want sweeping change are gonna be angry.

          • Computer Networking

            I don’t believe that minnesota is going to let love go until the trade deadline in february. Let’s be honest, if any of us was in Minnesota’s position, we would take the time to try and bring in a few players to play with love to try and make him stay before we let him go. There is no need for them to panic right now.

          • comrade24

            we just need to assemble a team capable of making the playoffs WITHOUT Love to make the Lakers a more attractive destination for Love to come to.

    • Chrmngblly

      We need a good scapegoat! What’s wrong with using MDA?

      • Daryl Peek

        You and the few rabid fans need that but the FO may not, and will not fold to the pressure of that as Kupchak said yesterday.

        • Chrmngblly

          You fool! The FO are the ones that NEED the scapegoat, not us!

          • Daryl Peek

            You dummy! No they don’t, if they did MDA would be fired already and would’ve done it in season. Wake up!

          • Chrmngblly

            I’m sure YOU feel the need of a scapegoat, as many times a you have barked up the wrong tree. It would certainly be unnecessarily brave for JB to keep him, though, don’t you think? So much could simply not turn out perfect again, and then who would be left holding the bag? Unless JB thinks MDA is the best thing since toilet paper, I think they let him go and buy themselves some time. It is what teams do.

      • Computer Networking

        The problem is using mda as a scapegoat may become a reason that free agents don’t come to LA especially because his system has been proven to be unsuccessful

        • Daryl Peek

          The problem with thinking FA don’t want to play for MDA is how folks ignore the many young players that have had success playing under him and usually go on to get a bigger payday because of it. Jordan Hill, Nick Young and Jodie Meeks are coming examples. For all of the Hill misuse complaints, he’s never gotten as much PT or started as many games under any other HC. Gasol even said he could play in the D’Antoni system as the center, and acknowledged the league has changed, as it is a faster tempo almost everywhere. With Howard he was not going to be the center. This season he was and it showed in his numbers. Melo has alienated many teammates and was absolutely hated by coach Karl it seems. LeBron has sung very high praise of MDA and his offensive system. He basically said MDA puts players in position to succed. This does not sound like a coach stars dislike or don’t feel can coach them.

          • Chrmngblly

            Are you trying to be some sort of swami, DP? I read the same article and it was talking about totally different stuff. You can only parrot the same article so many days in a row, you know. Besides everything in the article is already 3rd hand: Somebody said to somebody who said it to your blog-source. Then you give your version to us.

          • Daryl Peek

            “Somebody said to somebody” ? I actually remember Spoelstra say those things this season.

          • Computer Networking

            No matter what subject you speak about, there is the good and the bad. What you just did was speak about the good. What’s the other half of the picture? Yes, he gave the players time to market themselves. What young player wouldn’t want to play for him, but what veteran would? Yes, lebron spoke highly of his offensive scheme, but he said nothing of his defensive scheme. Veterans want to win. Young players want to prove themselves. He accomplished one but will never accomplish the other unless he changes his defensive scheme. That’s the big picture. Do you really think that lebron, love, bosh, or anthony would be looking forward to playing for mda? And also, ur right about anthony, but that doesn’t change the reality of the fact the the Lakers the Lakers want him. This is an example of mda hindrance of the Lakers growth in my personal opinion

          • Daryl Peek

            Even though MDA did not win a championship with the Suns, it’s false to say he has not had success as a coach. Does MDA need to change some things? Yes. Every coach does but elite talent makes up for many of those deficiencies.

            Why wouldn’t LBJ, Love or Bosh want to play for him? He coaches a style that fits their unique skill sets. LBJ is an athletic freak of nature and that’s a MDA dream. Love is MDA’s prototype of stretch 4. Bosh is Amare Stoudimire with a three point shot. The three of them together under MDA would fix any defensive issues just as Howard and the others did in 12-13 as previously mentioned.

          • comrade24

            I would honestly be okay with them retaining MDA provided they hire Nate McMillan to be in charge of defense.

          • hookedonnews

            D’Antoni asked them to bring in Nate McMillan to coach defense when he was first hired. They wanted to retain the assistant coaches they had, and McMillan was given a better deal with Indiana (I believe) this season. He and MDA coached together on Team USA.

          • Chrmngblly

            Hell, DP. The Lakers goal has never been to just have success. If so, we could easily achieve that without MDA. The defense you mentioned was 13th or 14th in the league, if I remember what your words were. Why would we want that?
            You can defend mediocrity all you want, but few of us in the LN hordes will be behind you. We rooted like crazy for scrub castaways like Swaggy P and Marshall to make good while you withheld your blessing, as I recall. We hoped our coach would be another successful salvage job that we rescued from forced retirement, but it has not turned out like we hoped. We recognize that we can’t win them all, why can’t you?

          • Daryl Peek

            Then why is Hollins your choice to replace MDA? What has Lionel done resume wise better than MDA big picture?

            If you recognized we can’t win them all you would not be pushing for change so soon given all that has happened.

          • Chrmngblly

            Glad you asked. LH has done the two things I think MDA has never done, he has run a team that emphasized defense AND integrated bigs into a modern-day offense. These are essential to building a team that can win it all, in my view, without a player like LBJ.

            Once you believe MDA is not the one who can get us there, you might as well make the change and get it over with. That is why I would make the change.

            I think the FO will make the change because they need a scapegoat to bury the past and get a fresh start.

          • Daryl Peek

            LH has not won, doing that either as you say. Hollis was let go due to losing his message to many of his players. Many things you kill MDA for are short comings Hollins has endured but he’s your choice to replace?

          • Chrmngblly

            You are the only one I have ever heard say such things about LH. No one I know thinks he lost the locker room. Regardless, I hope you share my list of minimum requirements for our next coach.

    • Computer Networking

      I can’t say that I see the same thing that you see. Yes, he was a scapegoat, but I don’t believe that he will be there at the start of the season. It’s fine that players praised him but stars that the organization is looking at trying to bring in like Anthony or gasol don’t want to play for mda. That’s not something that you can overlook. Gasol has stated that mas returning would be part of his decision to return or leave. Anthony has played for him before and didn’t like playing for him then. Don’t get me wrong, mda offensive scheme is solid, but defense is where he lack big time. That’s been proven time and time again. There should never be a time to where a team scores 130 points and lose.

      • Daryl Peek

        Time will tell on MDA’s Lakers future but the tone of all involved is one of his return. The defense was horrible and has been bad for MDA, no doubt. I can’t make an excuse for that but the injuries and talent cannot be ignored. The team was not as bad as most think they were last season under MDA. Howard, Metta, Clark, Meeks, Morris and others made that much of a difference collectively. The 12-13 Lakers D was better than the Rockets this season and would be tied with the Clippers at 14th in the league rankings. This shows how much talent makes up for defensive prowess of a team.

        • Computer Networking

          I agree. The injuries can’t be ignored, but at the same time, his past teams without injuries went through the same defensive struggles. It’s not like he was coaching teams like he had this season. They all were much better put together teams. Defense will always be the biggest factor to winning games, especially in the second half of the season and throughout the playoffs. I’m not saying that mda didn’t do a good job with what he had. I’m not going to be like everyone else. I just believe that the Lakers shouldn’t bring him back, but it’s their decision.

    • comrade24

      when was this quote from?

      • Daryl Peek

        Yesterday. It was a a recap of the exit interviews on the Lake Show for Life web site… ”
        10 Reactions Following Lakers Exit Interviews”

    • Chrmngblly

      I think it is very hard to have re-signing Pau as a priority and also have a sense MDA is staying. In spite of you not telling the truth about all the bigs hating MDA, Mitch knows.

  • Daryl Peek

    “Under the circumstances I don’t think anyone else could’ve done a better job” –Kupchak on how D’Antoni performed as HC this season.

    • Jim213

      One thing I disagree with the coach regarding his exit statements was his belief that the roster was placed in a bad situation given the injuries and the negative backlash from the fans and media.

      They failed to capitalize on the opportunity as for myself I’ve expressed my displeasure with certain players lack of effort. Many aside of myself can observe who brings effort to the game. But they’ll be looking for a few PF’s and Centers if the coach returns.

      However, the only way to quiet a certain percentage of the masses who’ll rant and express their displeasure if the coach remains for next season is for FO to actually acquire good role players for the starting positions. Although, not certain they may get playtime given the coach’s unwillingness to adjust to the roster but it’ll ease thr backlash IMO.

      • Daryl Peek

        I don’t because we saw how the negative energy effected the teams fragile make up. Players were probed constantly by the media and the team did not have a strong enough presence in the locker room to galvanize everyone to ignore the outside noise. This is where I come down on Kobe as a leader. His distance himself from this group while understandable is/was a major problem. Kobe should have been with them leading spiritually. I know that is not his personality but who else was left to do that given Fisher’s exit? Blake assumed that role before the trade and Gasol tried but was too caught up in his own personal feelings/beef with MDA that Kobe completely disagreed with… “put your big boy pants on” Kobe needed to put his big boy pants on and went through this with them to the end in support. Ride or die is more than just a fan theme. Us against the world has to be a team theme for good chemistry. Kobe’s unannounced Euro trip is yet again, not a good look as “this is his team.”

        • Jim213

          Smh, Kobe had his own issues to dead with back then but (tho you’re going to disagree) he’s not the type of player to offer support when they don’t show effort in representing the brand and playing fundamentals.

          As his tweets show and his last one he’s not the type of person to want to be affiliated with that bad of season and performances from certain players. This was Gasol’s job to assume leadership as the so called second go to guy of the team (no excuses).

          One of Pau’s weaknesses the past few year’s has been his lack of aggressiveness which is tied to his basketball mental state of mind IMO. He failed to live up the billing especially for the salary HE COMMANDS. Can’t expect Kobe to follow the team cross country when he’s trying to recoup from another injury that requires light mobility but Kobe will be Kobe.

          But best for Kobe to get his personal obligations out of the way so that he can solely focus on his return which goes for strength and conditioning.

          • Daryl Peek

            “As his tweets show and his last one, he’s not the type of person to want to affiliate himself with bad performances that applies to inconsistencies.” ?

            Then he is a front running bad leader in that case. This is his team, his words. He must take accountability as you say about the FO all the time. (Pun) Bottom line you ride or die with your self proclaimed team! You cannot separate yourself like that and expect to be a leader that’s respected by other stars looking to come forward and join you. That type of behavior projects deflection of responsibility as Kobe will never accept team responsibility when things get tough. The I is truly missing from team. Many credit what’s going on in SA and how they’ve maintained but will not hold Kobe accountable for constantly throwing teammates under the bus publicly, something you NEVER hear out of SA.

            Kobe is great, arguably the greatest Laker ever but it is the lack of leadership Phil Jackson still cringes at about him, as he wrote about this yet again in his 11 Rings book.

            Personal obligations? BUSINESS first! An exit interview would not hinder him from personal obligations. A courtesy call to let someone in the FO know of his plans would be nice. Let someone else bounce unannounced like that? Al hell would break loose publicly!!

          • Jim213

            Smh, we know the type of player that Kobe is, he’s not the type of person to make excuses. It’s more of the challenge and conquer modo that drives him,. Although, this in no way is close to a real life battle scenario, I still view it differently being Kobe getting blame.

            If a leader in combat gets seriously injured in battle he shouldn’t be expected to assume a similar type of role as before when leading a team in combat. Thus, some one else will assume a leadership role. Although, this again is different from what’s being played on the floor the game (basketball) is WON ON THE FLOOR by the players/soldiers. Gasol assumed leadership as the second man of the team not Nash (smh) b/c you can’t rely on him (as he’s stated himself) to be there consistently.

            Kobe did give an exit interview when the team decided not to bring him back to the remainder of the season. But just to let everyone know again THE MAN INTENDS ON STARTING HIS TRAINING REGIME THIS UP COMING WEEK. best to get everything out of the way DP so that he can solely focus on basketball activities #epicreturn, #revengeissweet, #vino/blackmamba, #,#,#,#,#,#,#, and #CAPISH!

          • Daryl Peek

            “If a leader in combat gets seriously injured in battle he shouldn’t be expected to assume a similar type of role as before when leading a team in combat.”

            Moral support is what leaders do. They stand next to their embattled troops and do not turn their backs on them! What wrong with giving encouragement? What’s wrong with being their to advise in season? What’s wrong with showing you’re a part of the collective win lose or draw?!? MIA with no communication to superiors is willful insubordination!

            You are making excuses for bad leadership!!

          • Chrmngblly

            And you are a crybaby….-)

          • Daryl Peek

            Whatever

          • Chrmngblly

            Lighten up….don’t sulk…

          • Daryl Peek

            Sulk?

          • Jim213

            Smh, “They stand next to their embattled troops and do not turn their backs on them!? They don’t have communications with their squad’s while recouping. But Kobe’s been there at Staples as Wes pointed out during his exit interview. Nash hasn’t been there most of the time too being he’s also a leader? Who’s making excuses now DP!

            One issue I have with kobe is given his 2nd injury he still kept handling his own business even at that time showing up in many places to promote and even or product. When he should’ve been resting given his secong injury suffered which requires a lot of rest. You’d probably want him to follow around the team which goes for cross country too? Smh,Gasol was the leader of the troops on the FLOOR but given your devotion no matter what you won’t give him is DUE BLAME!

            You could’ve blamed Nash too (i have) yes Kobe’s the leader of the team but you can’t expect him to follow them around when he’s trying to return from another injury. The coachy/staff and the verterans on the floor get BLAME (Not All) for failing to ADAPT AND OVERCOME!! Capish! (pun) #noexcuse

          • Daryl Peek

            First off, this is Kobe’s team right? Nash never publicly claimed that title so save that!! Recouping? As you said this is not real life battle and you see players like Wade, Duncan, CP3, WestBrook, Parker, ETC.. on the sidelines all of the time while recouping.

            Kobe not expected to follow them around but he should be around during games. If he can take care of personal biz around the world he can support his teammates during games!

            Again, Kobe’s flat out insubordinate in leaving without telling the FO, and this is not the first time. How does that sound when the player you just extended bounces unannounced like that and you have to tell the public I don’t know where the face of our franchise on the court, is during a transitional moment like this where season ending evaluations are being done? It’s not like they are asking him to stick around for weeks. Every players just made an appearance, voiced how they felt about the season and talks with the Fo and were on their merry way.

          • Jim213

            Mitch mentioned (exit interview, about his knowledge of Kobe not being around) tho it doesn’t apply to going out of the country. These players you’ve mentioned haven’t suffered a serious injury like Kobe except Westbrook somewhat). So you’re mad at Westbrook for sitting in those VIP rooms/luxury boxes? There’s been plenty of times that he’s sat up there but Kobe’s been around too 9locker room) not necessarily on the bench smh.
            However, kobe’s injury that came during his 6th game required him to have limited mobility but Kobe will be Kobe. So not sure what happened there…

            But not giving Nash and Gasol blame is ludicrous given they’re also the leaders of the team. Wasn’t nash the leader of the nuns during his days in Phx? Yes, tho took a back seat to Kobe we shouldn’t expect no different during these tough times. With Gasol’s talk (summer) that he felt he needed to step up in the 2013 season given Kobe’s absence but you don’t give him his due blame smh. #realtalk! .

          • Jim213

            “What’s ludicrous is trying to compare Nash’s status on Kobe’s team? #Excuses .com”

            Who’s talking about Pau’s support off the court due to his late season injury? The issue for me is his lack of leadership while on the floor. Someone needs to assume the role to lead the troops to battle. Blake did a better job of that for 1/4 the cost (jab).

          • Daryl Peek

            Lisa Leslie and Norm Nixon spoke on the insubordination of Kobe today on sportzone. ABSOLUTELY unacceptable they both said! They echoed my sentiments you’re trying to make excuses for.

            I said Pau tried and failed. I also said Blake did a good job in that role. Again, it’s Kobe’s team and if you make a bold statement like that you must walk the walk through the good and bad.

          • Jim213

            Sorry but don’t listen to the blah blah. Not saying that Kobe shouldn’t get his share of blame but to place it all on him when other vets who’ve assumed a leadership role IN THE PAST fail to rise up is also bad.

            There’s enough blame to go around but to place it all on Kobe is ludicrous. You’ve changed DP smh (pun).

          • Daryl Peek

            SMH. The Blah, Blah? Kobe is the man on this team and he is the one who went AWOL therefore the blame for that is solely his to bare.

          • hookedonnews

            Nash was in the locker room rehabbing during games. He was there except for the few times he was in Vancouver rehabbing.

          • Jim213

            Blah blah blah #10, should’ve been on the bench to provide leadership as DP points out.

          • hookedonnews

            He was trying to get back on the court and play. And he has provided leadership according to Kendall Marshall. He was there at practice. There was no point sitting there on the bench when he needed to be working toward returning. What’s your excuse for why Kobe wasn’t there supporting the team? I’ll tell you why he wasn’t there. He has no time for losers. He has been that way his whole career, refusing to speak to players he considered not worthy of his time. His refusal to speak at that game and taking off to France before the season ended shows the kind of respect he has for the team. I wouldn’t say that Pau showed no leadership, but he not a natural leader. If Nash had been healthy he would have provided the leadership needed, but in the end it’s Kobe’s team. He said so.

          • Jim213

            No disrespect #10, but no point giving all those hours in training behind the scenes @ Staples when the team lacked leadership at the time. Nash training hard to play less than 1 to 2 games every three to four weeks (avg)? Nash had enough time to train and support the troops while they played given he was still capable of doing so except not on a consistent basis.

            Don’t get me wrong Kobe does get some blame but when injuries require limited mobility (tho Kobe will be Kobe) we can’t or shouldn’t expect a 24/7 type of leadership from the man. This is where the vets come in as there’s enough blame to go around but placing it all on Kobe is ludicrous which DP is aiming for in wanting accountability.

          • hookedonnews

            He was able to sit with the team. He was there in the beginning. He stopped coming & it had nothing to do with mobility. Nick Young was there when he broke his knee. The reason Kobe gets the lion’s share of the blame is because of his assertion that the team is his. His attitude toward the players and the things that were done at the end of the season are more important that his not being on the bench. He’s Kobe Bryant. The young guys all look up to him. I don’t think you can minimize the effect his actions have on the team. No one else comes close.

            As I’ve already said, Nash was at practice and was out there with them shooting before games. Maybe he could have been on the bench more. I just think he thought the best way to help was to get healthy.

            All that being said, a lack of leadership was not what made this season a disaster. it was the injuries and the lack of elite talent on the court.

          • Daryl Peek

            I’m in agreement with most of your point but the lack of team leadership was a huge problem this season. The emotional lows could have been stemmed a bit if they had that from Kobe IMO. It really hit the fan when Shawne Williams was traded. The fighting spirit was visibly shook at that point as the injuries took it’s toll. This is where Kobe could’ve made his presence felt in tough love leadership. His voice and support could have helped them get through that.

          • hookedonnews

            I agree.

          • Jim213

            Still disagree with placing most of the blame on Kobe. But you’ve answered what I’ve mentioned since last summer being the lack of planning by FO. However, given that Jim’s job is on the line expect changes.

          • Daryl Peek

            It’s not 24/7 leadership that’s expected. It’s basic I’m with you team concern. As I keep telling you, that separation stance is understandable to a degree from a frustration point of view but Kobe is the man and has to be bigger than that as example for the troops in both spirit and performance, which no one questions his on the court prowess and heart. His character is very suspect right now and it is character that has been in question his entire Lakers career as personal beef drama continues to haunt him.

            He was not one of the fellas on the first Lake Show with Shaq. I’m not one to blames Kobe for that but eyes are open. I give him credit as he began to become more of one of the guys the second time around after the Bynum/Smush Parker ISH blew over into winning. Unfortunately he’s failing again under the pressure of losing. Again, he tells Pau to put his big boy pants on in adapting to change but is not keeping what he’s preaching. Kobe is missing his road dawgs (Fisher, LO, Blake) and is not handling their absence (change in team leadership structure) at all. Kobe needed to step up in that area with this group. Gasol and Nash can’t command that mantle like Kobe could.

          • Jim213

            Good points but… “Gasol and Nash can’t command that mantle like Kobe could.”

            IS NO EXCUSES TO NOT STEPPING UP ON THE FLOOR AND ASSUMING A LEADERSHIP ROLE. THEY DONE IT IN THE PAST AND SHOULD GET THEIR FAIR SHARE OF BLAME!

          • Daryl Peek

            Why are you mad? Capped out?!? Gasol has never done it and Nash is not that dude on this team! Kobe is the one who says its my team so please stop making excuses for him in trying to deflect the leadership role!! SMH

          • Jim213

            Still disagree, but (scenario) if Lebron suffered a similar injury you’d likely blame Lebron for his lack of leadership if he failed to be around the bench all the time. The blame then should go to Wade and Bosh as co-leaders of the team. You’d blame Lebron tho… SMH

          • Daryl Peek

            No, because you and I both know LBJ would be their on the bench as much as he could and would not alienate his mates calling them losers publicly, and then showing it by completely disconnecting from them. What Wade and Bosh do is of no consequence in this. LBJ and Kobe are the ones who get the MVP’s, therefore they should be present and accounted for as they get those awards off the back of great team chemistry. Key phrase TEAM CHEMISTRY. You cannot have that if your team leader is checking out mentally and dogging you publicly.

          • Jim213

            Smh, you missed the point. There’s more than one leader on any team. All 3 players LBJ, Wade, Bosh are paid big money to assume some type of leading role. No ifs and buts about it.

            The game is won on the floor. Everyone assumes accountability as Kobe gets his share of it but again there’s more than one leader on any team as those players failure to step up and lead the team is another reason why the season has been less than mediocre.

            It’s about accountability as Kobe gets his share but there’s enough to go around.

          • Daryl Peek

            You’re either completely missing the point or don’t want to conceded the truth.

            First, this is Kobe’s team period! His words.

            2nd and most important, it all starts and ends with him as the alpha who so boldly makes the aforementioned proclamation and so often throws it around within the organization when he questions others from the FO to his peers constantly. This means he has to set the example and cannot just turn his back on his teammates coupled with going AWOL, rouge, unannounced out of the country at his whim, something that’s become a habit the last couple of seasons. I blame both him and the FO for that. If I were the Buss family that would not happen as I’d expect more respect than that in season.

            Again, I agree with you on Gasol failing on the court as a leader but were talking about two different things. Leadership starts off the court and in the locker room first. With the responsibility of this being his team he has to lead in those areas also. I’m not saying he has to be a choir boy or that he has to coddle grown men, just be there when time permits at the appropriate times in season.

          • Jim213

            Kobe gets blame but not ALL, THAT’S THE ISSUE. If he was available to play the entire season then fully agree. But given the unfortunate circumstance it wasn’t possible. He’s been there to support them tho not sure how often… But Pau and Nash assume accountability no matter what as Pau brought it up during the summer and gets no free pass.

            Same goes for Nash who wanted to give people their money’s worth. Yes, can’t compare Pau or Nash’s leadership to someone like Kobe but it’s no excuse as they’re part of the team too. Stance won’t change and neither your own. Hopefully your not using this as an EXCUSE to why they had a bad season. Injuries happened but it doesn’t excuse them from finishing with the worst record in LA Lakers history.

          • Daryl Peek

            Again, you seem to be arguing the wrong theme. I’m not blaming Kobe for wins and losses. I’m simply saying he should have been a locker room presence to this young group. Does that play a small part in the bad season? Yes, chemistry, but the injuries are the biggest culprit as I’ve always stated.

            Kobe purposely distanced himself from the group. Nash and Gasol never did that. That is unacceptable for a player that claims this is his team. That’s all I’m saying.

          • Jim213

            Like I’ve mentioned in the past Kobe gets his fair share but Nash and Pau also given they were also present. He was at times a locker room presence but likely accounting for the coach and the lack of effort it may have played a part. #realtalk

            However, he could’ve done more but not going to put it all on Kobe for the players not being motivated or missing his leadership since they all molded well together without him. once he returned it was a different team as his current injury forced him to call the season off.

            Placing all the blame on Kobe when the coach and other players don’t or can’t assume accountability too is blasphemy.

          • Daryl Peek

            Again, you’re arguing the wrong thing. Kobe willfully turned his back on the team. Kobe left twice without informing the FO in season. These are unacceptable individual acts he and he alone perpetrated therefore he and he alone deserves blame for poor judgement in leadership for it.

            Unless there’s a communication breakdown between us, you’re making excuses for Kobe’s behavior period. #TruthHurts

          • Jim213

            Smh, admit that Pau and Nash deserve blame and not mostly all of it is on Kobe. Give it up it’s the correct choice as your argument in blaming mostly Kobe is futile. Next thing you’ll blame Kobe on is on the team’s lack of defense being that he’s the leader. no use in having a coach if you’re going to put most of the blame on Kobe. Blame him for the season and injuries why don’t you smh (pun).

            Stop the rhetoric!…

          • Daryl Peek

            Stop being a Kobe first Laker fan. The man was wrong for turning his back on his teammates and leaving the country without giving the FO the courtesy of notification. Those actions have absolutely NOTHING to do with Gasol and Nash! Kobe gets all of the blame for that as it was his selfish choice to do those things.

          • Chrmngblly

            This is why they have coaches, DP. I agree that Kobe ought to have masked his anguish a little more, but I can understand how he felt. As an average, schlobo-fan-type guy, who obviously was never “the man” on any serious sports team, you probably don’t understand the situation fully. Kobe has my sympathy, while MDA has my ire. MDA was totally unable to relate to too many of his stars all year. We are talking All-Stars and career professional athletes that MDA could not keep onboard the life raft that the Lakers became. Cut Kobe some slack, dude.

          • Daryl Peek

            I understand his frustration but he’s the one who constantly throws others under the bus publicly and proclaims it’s his team. That makes him responsible to be better than the actions he displayed. This has been a career long issue. If it were a singular incident I wouldn’t even trip. MDA had nothing to do with that. The FO should demand accountability as far as leaving in season without notice. Kobe as the man on this team should be sympathetic to his younger teammates going through this instead of bashing and turning his back on them. Nothing wrong with being hard on them but you can’t go that far as a team leader and expect others around the league to respect that. This is why there’s the huge perception many other stars don’t want to play with Kobe….

            “I was pretty close [to going to LA] to be honest,” Garnett said. “What disturbed me about the whole Laker situation was Kobe [Bryant] and Phil [Jackson] at the time. They was pretty bad. That situation was something I didn’t want to get into. It was my choice. There was a lot going on and I didn’t want to be a part of it.”

            But so many keep saying MDA is the reason the Lakers wont attract stars?

            Miss me with the other stuff!

          • Chrmngblly

            MDA is a reason the Lakers won’t attract stars. Kobe is a controversial and sometimes divisive figure, I admit it. Others get to feel like they feel, too. MWP, since you have been talking about Ron-Ron, loved playing with Kobe. Pau may re-sign because Kobe is still there. A coach’s job is to integrate the whole personality/ego issue into a team first identity. Because MDA is a second-tier coach, he has trouble doing that.

            Just accept the grain of truth I buried in the “other stuff.”

          • comrade24

            He was getting paid 30 mil, the least he could have done was be present, supportive, if not challenging. Nick Young especially could have used some guidance from the Mamba. I mean, the worst that could have happened was they won 5 or so more games just from the fear of seeing Kobe’s “death stare” from the bench.

    • Chrmngblly

      Convenient. The FO, including MDA, helped create those circumstances by botching the Howard acquisition every way possible. MDA was never the coach for D12. So I can understand Mitch cutting MDA some moral slack for that reason. Still, MDA WAS part of the botch. It is what it is.

      • Daryl Peek

        There was no botching of D12. Kobe was the problem and if you don’t believe that you’re in denial.

        • Chrmngblly

          WOW. Somebody doesn’t like the facts. DP, the facts are always friendly. Even YOU don’t say Howard’s walking was a great accomplishment, do you? Part of coaching, as revealed by the blog you have been quoting so often lately, is convincing the players to “buy in”.

          Whether it is failing to convince Carmello to buy in, or Kobe to buy in, or Gasol, or Kaman or Hill or Dwight Howard, if you can’t succeed at that—then you fail as a coach by definition. To believe otherwise, means that you think all these professional athletes are defective and un-coachable in some way and that MDA is the good guy.

          Do you believe that?

          You keep telling everyone that the “MDA system” is the wave of the future—except all the championships keep being won by teams with dominant big men or a super athlete, in the case of LBJ. You are not wrong about the 3-point line having a big impact on the game, but you just overblow it. The winning formula is balance and teamwork. This is why I hope we jettison the cancerous, nice-guy-fool, MDA, and pick up Lionell Hollins, a man who would not have botched the D12 deal.

          • comrade24

            Miami actually uses several components of the MDA system in their offense, but exactly 0 of the defensive schemes, which MDA’s total number of defensive schemes is just that, 0.

          • hookedonnews

            According to Chuck Persons last season MDA does have a defensive system, and according to MDA this season their defensive schemes are the same as 99% of the league. Would the defense have been better without all the injuries? I believe so. Everyone talks about the defense of the D’Antoni Suns, but when you win 62 games in a season you’re doing something right. The other team is going to get more scoring opportunities because of the pace, but they still won most of those games. They had some decent defenders, but never had the defensive center they needed. Numbers don’t tell the whole story when it comes to those teams. Lakers had no defensive presence in the paint and no great perimeter defenders. Personnel is a factor. Give us LeBron & Wade, and there will be instant improvement on the defensive end.

          • comrade24

            oh, and i totally agree. i think Lionel Hollins would be a great coach for the Lakers moving forward

          • Daryl Peek

            It’s not so much D’Antoni’s offense is the future but the basic principles he believes in are the way most teams and the NBA rules have conditioned every level of basketball. The rules have taken the dominant big man out of the game, period point blank. Floor spacing and faster pace are what’s now preferred.

            There’s nothing overblown as we see it in these playoffs as there are only 3 of the 15 playoff teams not heavy three point shooting teams. They also run uptempo. The Lakers and Nuggets are the only two teams in the top ten three point shooting who are not in these playoffs. I’m sitting here watching the playoffs and the three point shot has already been huge in both early games played. My badd, I forgot about the Suns.

          • Chrmngblly

            But you act like MDA is Jesus and he just came to earth to save the Lakers. The 3-point line has been in effect for a long time. The MDA “7 second offense” has been around a long time, too. It is what it is. Teams use what fits the teams they can field—and still, teams with dominant bigs keep winning. The only semi-exception is LBJ and the Heat where LBJ is a freak athlete and Bosh and Haslem are big and play defense.

            You don’t give Spoe and Riles enough credit for doing what MDA couldn’t—add D to the mix. Also, if the Heat could get a good center with their salary structure, they would. They keep trying, don’t they?

            So you worshiping MDA like Jesus come to earth is unseemly and uninformed. Wise up! You are living in the past. Nothing MDA brings to the table is news.

          • Daryl Peek

            Dude stop putting words in my mouth! I’m simply telling you what you know damn well is going on in the league. Miss me with the BS!!

          • Chrmngblly

            I’m willing to let others decide who is putting out the BS.

          • Daryl Peek

            And it continues to gain momentum. A stance that MDA has added to in philosophy. Yet you see twin towers as the way to go forward?

          • Chrmngblly

            NO, no, no. Twin towers only sounds good. I have never seen it work, even in the old days. My point was that whatever innovation MDA brought to the game, has long ago been integrated, not that one team or another has not further innovated on that—like Miami has.

            I had a wrestling coach once who advised me that, “It’s not what your opponent knows that matters, it’s who does what best that decides who wins.” That’s very complicated statement, but it is just as true in BB where there is offense and defense and foul shooting and rebounding that contribute to the final score. A team has to be pretty good at all of those to win rings. MDA doesn’t know that—or LA would have been a more rounded team.

            Just because Spo revamped the Heat after Miami lost its first finals appearance, doesn’t mean they are doing anything new. People know what Miami is doing, they just can’t stop it—and LA won’t be able to either without a balanced game and teamwork.

            I kid you about your Butt-Kissing MDA so much, with all the tongue-lapping and slurping you do, but is MDA really your favorite coach? Who would you recommend and why?

          • Daryl Peek

            “tongue-lapping and slurping” SMH

            I have no true favorites but I wouldn’t be opposed to Calipari or Mark Jackson, who may become free if they lose this series to the Clippers. I like B. Scott also.

            I’m a firm believer in continuity to build. You cannot keep flipping coaches and expect to win. MDA could get it done with a healthy roster IMO. This team has been fit to MDA’s style of coaching. Player leadership and health is all that’s lacking. Player leadership is recognizing the need to all be on the same page. Kobe tried to push that agenda last season but it got lost in the coaching change drama, and spiraled into the worsening of internal beefs. This season injury complete destroyed any chance of a solid training camps chemistry. They showed that resolve early in the season with impressive wins without Kobe, and a not fully healthy Nash and Gasol on the learning curb. Kobe return coupled with the timing of all the injuries, killed the 10-9 momentum. Had Kobe and the PG’s stayed healthy the team would’ve stood a chance to adapt to Kobe’s integration back into the lineup. MDA did not fight the two man ball stopping game Kobe played with Gasol in trying to get Pau going. It’s stuff like this that’s completely ignored why I defend MDA.

          • Chrmngblly

            The good news is that since everyone is playing this same style of ball now, you say, the roster should fit any new coach we bring in, wouldn’t you think?

          • Daryl Peek

            Not if said coach is a retread that has not adapted to that style of play. This is why young players fit so seamlessly into the D’Antoni system. Don’t get me wrong, there are things in the way he coaches I absolutely hate personally. I prefer the inside out approach but those days and type of players are fast becoming dinosaurs in today’s game. Marc Gasol Randolph are not your standard back to the basket big’s. Neither is Lamarcus Aldridge, Howard, Hibbert, ETC… Bynum fits that mold. Duncan has adapted his game to be more pick and pop fast pace oriented. This is what I’m talking about.

          • Chrmngblly

            Hogwash. I explained to you before how you have been fooled about back-to-the-basket bigs being dinosaurs and MDA “7-second offense” being the wave of the future. The wave already was here years ago.

            Believe me, if someone could clone Wilt and Kareem and Hakeem and Shaq and Yao they would all be drafted and we would be playing inside out BB and you would claim that was the wave of the future. You coach the guys you have or who you can get.

            Remember, balance and teamwork makes champions.

          • Daryl Peek

            “if someone could clone Wilt and Kareem and Hakeem and Shaq” What part of what I’ve said is in disagreement with that? I’ve not been fooled on anything. I’ve been watching and playing basketball too long for that. I’m just telling you the direction the league (rules changes) and basketball in general is/has been going. I never said MDA invented the wheel, but he did add to the legacy of it’s convention.

            Balance and teamwork do lead to winning. MDA’s coaching style is ball movement and floor spacing balance. The guys you coach have to adapt to what the head coaches intention for the team is. Kobe got all up in Gasol for not doing that last season. When Phil and Tex brought the triangle principles to the Lakers, the players adapted to the system not the other way around. A coach will allow room for his players to maneuver outside of that construct at times if they have given talents that produce. That’s the flexibility, and MDA allows for that just as Phil and other coaches do.

          • Chrmngblly

            I FOOL YOU ALL THE TIME…:-)

          • hookedonnews

            Who has ever convinced Carmelo to buy in? When players refuse to be team players it’s on them not the coach. Kobe was no different when Phil was coaching (according to Phil). Gasol said in his exit interview that he and D’Antoni eventually found common ground. Kaman came into LA expecting to revive the twin towers offense, and didn’t want to play limited minutes when it became clear he was brought there to back up Pau. Hill had a career year and should have no complaints. Dwight Howard is a moron who never wanted to be in LA and couldn’t deal with Kobe. If you believe Howard would have stayed in LA if Hollins had been the coach you are truly delusional. If they had amnestied Kobe like he asked he might have stayed. Otherwise he wasn’t going to. The heat he got from the fans didn’t help either.

          • Chrmngblly

            Hook, the rule is you have to support your position in some way, shape or form here or you will get no respect. You can’t just say stuff and name-call. You know this.

          • hookedonnews

            Ha ha! Yeah, right.

          • Chrmngblly

            Then you are DP’s ass wipe. Please resist the urge, if you can.

          • hookedonnews

            Classy. And wrong as usual. I just call ‘em like I see ‘em. If you ever make a valid point, I will agree with you.

          • Chrmngblly

            I can’t believe I took you under my wing…..:-)

        • comrade24

          Good riddance to Dwight. I knew that wouldn’t work from the start. He’s a great defensive player when healthy, but an offensive liability who thinks he’s not, and who REALLY thought that Kobe and Dwight’s personality would mesh well?

          • Daryl Peek

            I never said they would and didn’t say I was angry about Howard leaving. Day one “It’s my team” Retort “It’s our team” That was the beginning of the end. Too many people want to find fault in the coach or FO as to why it didn’t work but it was that dynamic alone.

          • comrade24

            It was making the best of a bad situation i suppose. The Fo’s plan was to bring in Chris Paul and pair him with Kobe and Howard. Had that whole situation worked i think the personality conflict between Howard and Kobe would have been minimalized.

          • Daryl Peek

            Very possible. The ship sailed between them before the trade was made. Howard is too wishy, washy for my taste. I’d even say the Princeton offense and Nash’s injury was the bigger wedge. It completely fell apart in the preseason and once Nash went down it was a rap. There was no buffer between Kobe and Howard’s differences of opinion. A free flowing offense with a healthy Nash would have cured that IMO. Both Brown and Kobe, who were the key cogs that agreed on the Princeton should have scrapped that when Nash was procured just as it should’ve/would not have been a part of the process if CP3 had become part of the team. You don’t take the ball out of CP3 or Nash’s hands.

    • Chrmngblly

      Let’s see. You made this comment 3 days ago. The idea of keeping MDA was recognized and reported as a “trial balloon” around that time. Naturally, you bit hard on the Lakers PR gimmick and likely just weren’t alert to their true intent—firing MDA, while appearing to weigh the issue fairly. Luring in the weak-minded was what the spin-doctors meant to do, DP.

  • 3339

    Keep dantoni and next season is already over.

    • Computer Networking

      Agreed

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Okay i am going to break it down as best i can.Mike D’Antoni had a bad stint in Denver in his first year coaching in the NBA as a interim and he was let go.MDA landed in Phoenix as coach and he had a rough go at first but once Steve Nash got signed the Suns started winning regular season games but in the playoffs the Spurs would slow it down and out physical the Suns and knock them out of the playoffs they won zero championships many believe it was due to bad defense and mediocre coaching in the playoffs.

    Later D’Antoni left Phoenix and signed up to coach the Knicks that tenure was long and very painful for most Knicks fans and the team only reached the playoffs once MDA left.Everyone knows Mike D’Antoni ended up as Lakers coach by signing a 4 year deal.The first season was rocky as Dwight Howard was just coming off back surgery and he was being a clown the whole season also Kobe never got along with Dwight.Then before MDA got to LA his main guy Nash was already injured with a broken leg.

    Gasol was tuned out on offense and benched then he got injured and his season sucked.Everyone else like Meeks,Blake,Jamison tried hard but not much success for the team that was picked to win it all by many experts it ended going 45-37 with a first round exit at the hands of the Spurs the Lakers got swept 4-0 in shameful disgraceful fashion it was sad and pathetic how badly the Lakers got blown out that series.Then 2013-2014 came and D’Antoni was still coaching the Lakers and the team lost Dwight Howard to free agency and they had no Kobe only for 6 games he was injured.Nash only played in 14 games he was injured.No Laker played in all 82 games and the lineup changed all the time more than most people change underwear.

    The team was using Ryan Kelly and Kendall Marshall as their featured players yes it got so bad that Jodie Meeks was now the teams best player according to some fans.Pau Gasol was good on offense but his defense stunk.The team used Hill and his help defense is awful but he does rebound and do some dirty work when needed.Bad roster led to the worst record in Lakers history 27-55 and next season will be just as bad or worse if MDA comes back without a healthy Kobe and Nash especially if we lose Swaggy P and Hill along with Gasol.The Lakers coach IMO need to slow the pace down to allow the old guys Kobe,Nash,Gasol to excel in the NBA as old players that still win games by slowing the pace down like the Spurs currently see Popovich finally realized the last 2 seasons to slow that stuff down and Brooklyn has a bunch of old guys and they have a very slow style and the Heat play similar to MDA style ball but their actual pace is not that high at all they do slow it down.Nothing wrong with allowing the old players on the Lakers that make the most money to play a slow pace it works out best IMO.Thye are giving the opponent to many chances to score by playing fast and the old guys just can’t keep up and they can’t be traded too much loyalty involved.

    Yeah that reality folks this coach is not doing good with us as far as the record goes and we keep on playing terrible defense as a team.Nothing at all can change this until the Lakers FO steps up and makes some drastic changes coaching included but i don’t count on it this FO is not ready to compete the west is too tough and they are indicating staying the same if not worse but this could all change but might not sadly.REALITY!All indications point to MDA staying.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Nothing can change Mike D’Antoni he is set in his ways.Can’t teach a old dog new tricks.

    • Daryl Peek

      Then why did Gasol play next to Howard? Why did Hill play the most minutes of any PF or C next to Gasol this season? MDA is more flexible than you and many give him credit.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Steve Nash ‏@SteveNash 39m
    Pumped the @Raptors are back in the playoffs!!

    Nash just tweeted this out.Nash is on a expiring contract worth $9.7 million dollars is it possible the Raptors absorb his entire contract and we send them a future 2017 second round pick for their troubles and they send us a second round pick back.This would unload $9.7 million dollars off the salary cap and that means a whole lot when it comes to free agency as the entire salary cap is set at $63.5 million dollars meaning Kobe at $24 million dollars and Robert Sacre at less than a million dollars are the only 2 players signed.

    So now LeBron and Carmelo could take less money say $19 million dollars each per season and then the Lakers would still have the $5 million dollars full mid level exception to sign a good role player and the rest of the contract would be veteran minimum guys and we all know veterans would be ring chasing signing with the Lakers for the veteran minimum so that bring great value in signing players.The Lakers are very creative and this is a pipe dream scenario tbh.Cap wise it could work but in reality hard to believe and maybe impossible.Just dreaming let me dream a little dream lol lets just say this is my dream.Dream big.

    As for the upcoming draft pick they would probably find a way to trade the pick or just squeeze in the contract somehow through the full mid level exception if possible but if not they would go over the hard cap and pay a small tax for it since it’s their own draft pick they can sign the player.

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    Draft Exum. Sign Bosh (3yr 15mi) Melo(3yr 18mil). Resign Gasol(2y10mil) Nick (2yr6mil) Resign Bazemore, Henry, Hill, Farmar!’ Draft Adriene Payne. Resign Wes!

    Starters: Exum,Kobe, Melo,Bosh,Gasol

    Bench:Nash,Bazemore,Nick,Hill,Payne, Farmar, Henry,Wes,Sacre

    • comrade24

      no way Bosh is taking 5 mil a year and Melo is taking 6 mil a year. triple those numbers and maaaaaaaaaaaaybe we’d have a shot at them.

  • Richard

    For the record and to be fair, he may not, could not have foreseen all of the injuries the Lakers suffered when he bought D’Antoni. which made it extremely difficult to win this less long make the playoffs. Personally I think if Kobe and Steve and everyone else stayed relatively healthy most of the season, they would have probably made the playoffs. At one point they had the most productive/highest scoring second unit (Farmar, etc.) in the game. Injuries changed all that.

    • Chrmngblly

      True. Only DP can foretell the future…:-)

  • ken

    listen to trades for the pick even if they win they get the first pick.

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