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Everyone knows that Kobe Bryant is the locker room leader for the Lakers. However, Mike D’Antoni believes the reemergence of Pau Gasol as a vocal leader and his personal bond with Bryant will benefit the locker room heading into this season.

In an interview with ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin, D’Antoni first discussed how Gasol being able to win championships with Bryant created a unique bond of trust:

“When you win together, you create this bond of trust and it goes both ways. I think Pau understands Kobe and can give him a lot of room, at the same time, I think Kobe understands Pau and where he’s coming from.”

When the two best players are on the same page, it allows everyone to play to their strengths and creates an environment where everyone is free to communicate:

“The bottom line is, everybody plays to their strengths. Everybody has their egos and when you trust each other, then things can be said that get you back in line a little bit.”

D’Antoni says the biggest thing for this year’s team is to trust each other, which didn’t happen last season:

“We didn’t have a lot of that last year. It just didn’t happen. We had a lot of people that didn’t trust each other and that kind of was our woes. So, this year, we’re looking to improve that a lot.”

Throughout the off-season, numerous players have discussed the importance of team chemistry. The Lakers clearly didn’t have that last season and it showed every time they stepped on the floor.

Led by Kobe and Gasol, if everyone is able to get on the same page this season and understands their roles, it can give the team that extra lift of energy to push through and surprise teams.
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  • Jim213

    Yes, the locker room…

    • Daryl Peek

      lol

  • 3339

    Then why didn’t dantoni listen to him last year when he wanted him to play through himself and dwight??????

    • Daryl Peek

      Really dude?!?

      Pau was hurt, featuring Howard was an automatic mandate whoever was coaching. Both Kobe and Nash were clearly catering to Howard. This is what Pau understands why can’t you?

      • richard

        Don’t listen to him Daryl…. some people just doesn’t get it…

        • 3339

          Stfu dude

          • richard

            The world would be a better place without much negativity, don’t you think?

          • 3339

            get out of here with that.

          • richard

            YOu sound exactly like the ones who were against Phil when he was here.
            It seems like you are never quite satisfied with any move the LAL make. I bet you, if Howard had stayed, you would have castigated the FO for doing so.

            Duhhhh… some people really just never grows up.

      • 3339

        Kobe doesn’t cater to anyone.
        Do you work for the lakers or something? Because makes no sense to me or any other laker fan that wants the team to win how you can defend what they did

        • Daryl Peek

          We all as Lakers fans want the team to win. No ones defending anything. But trying to pin blame on someone for a season like that is senseless also. There were too many different things that went wrong that were out the the coaches and FO control. Oversimplifying it all in retrospect is a disservice to all.

          Kobe went out of his way to make Howard feel comfortable on the court. Nash did also. Pau reluctantly moved out of the way to make room for Howard. D’Antoni did what he had to to help secure a player the organization thought was it’s future. Phil tweeted Howard on occasion at Jeanie’s request trying to help the team to procure him. Other teams did what they could trying to land him. If you can’t see all of that?

          • 3339

            Phil Jackson said that the Lakers were misusing Dwight all last year. explain that.
            If the Lakers really wanted Dwight to stay all they had to do was hire Phil Jackson. Dwight Howard said if Phil was here he would’ve stayed. look it up. He said it during an interview with Steven A. Smith
            Fact is that jim buss and dantoni are the reasons why Dwight is gone. If they hired Phil or even Brian Shaw, their would’ve been no problems. Dwight and Pau would’ve played well together. Kobe would’ve been Kobe and the team would’ve been much much better.
            jim buss and dantoni deserve all the blame for dwight leaving.

          • Daryl Peek

            “Phil Jackson said that the Lakers were misusing Dwight all last year. explain that.”

            How could they have used him properly when he refused to be used in the manner which he’s best know for? “PNR” Again he refused to play that with Nash.

            “If the Lakers really wanted Dwight to stay all they had to do was hire Phil Jackson.”

            Howard did not want to be a Laker in the first place. Once he was traded here by the Magic his disdain for Kobe became even more evident. Kobe is the reason Howard is not a Laker. I’m not blaming Kobe but it’s no secret Howard didn’t want to play with him. The meeting in Memphis was more so about the friction between Kobe and Howard. Kobe confronted Howard about talking behind his back over touches. There was the infamous stat sheet incident where Howard cried about the difference in shots. And how about the revelation of Howard asking if Kobe would be amnestied? He flat out said he would have a hard time staying if Kobe remained. When Kobe announced his intent to play another 2-4 years it was a wrap, Howard’s mind was made up.

            Howard departure may be a blessing in disguise. I for one am not sold on him as a franchise player that could lead the Lakers to the promised land. Especially give his IRE for Kobe!

            Howard is to blame for his LA departure.

          • 3339

            I could give a shit about dwight howard, I’m saying that if management’s goal was to keep him all they had to do was hire Phil. Dr. Buss is not stupid. I don’t believe for a second that he would’ve objected to Phil being hired. honestly they hired the worst guy possible in dantoni. anyone else would’ve been better. Brian Shaw should’ve been hired as soon as Phil left. dantoni sucks. His biggest weakness is that he can’t develop relationships with his players. dantoni says that dwight won’t enjoy houston because they play run and gun as well. But the moron fails to realize that Kevin McHale coached that way because of the personnel. He prefers playing through bigs. in a perfect world Phil would return but since that seems unlikely with that fool jim buss, Byron Scott should be the guy. He mentored Kobe when he was a young player and knows the Laker tradition. they have to get rid of dantoni.

          • Daryl Peek

            Get over Phil! Dr. Buss was the one who was done with him. You just don’t get it do you? You say you could give a shit about Howard but blame Jimmy and Mitch for not being able to keep a player that never wanted to be a Laker in the first place. You also ignore the fact that Howard doesn’t like Kobe? But it’s all Jimmy and D’Antoni’s fault?!?

            I’m done with you on this topic! Richard was absolutely right.

          • 3339

            you know what go get bent alright. I don’t care about dwight. I’m saying that if management did then the are really fucked in the head by how they tried to show it. jimmy buss is an idiot and is destroying the team. I don’t blame Mitch for anything. jimmy buss has a gun to his head to listen to him or lose his job. I swear to christ I can’t believe you are defending what the Lakers have done. yes you are defending them. All I’m trying to fucking say is that dantonis sorry ass needs to get fired and jimmy needs to go away somewhere and allow jeanie and your boy Phil to run the team. I don’t care what you say. Dr. Buss would’ve be fine with Phil in the front office. Lakers have turned into a laughing stock and the Clippers are now the main attraction in LA but thats apparently ok with you.

          • richard

            Yeah, and the last time I looked.. the mighty Clippers was hhmmm.. bounced off in the first round with all their team in tack heading into the playoffs? The clippers, as you say it, is now the main attraction in LA?

  • Daryl Peek

    D’Antoni on if the style the Lakers, with more appropriate pieces, will play next season will fit his liking …

    “We’d like to do a lot of things,” D’Antoni told ESPNLA last week. “We got a little bit more athletic guys and we have a lot of players who will have to play. It was a little bit of an exaggeration last year that we didn’t run anything (I normally run).

    “You can say there will be a lot of pick-and-rolls. The biggest thing we’ll try to instill is just spacing, ball movement and getting players in positions where they’re comfortable. Whether that’s something we’ve done in the past or it’s something new, somebody has some ideas, I really don’t care as long as we move the basketball, make quick decisions and spread the floor.

    “Then everybody will go at their own pace. A lot of times people say, ‘Well, he’s not going to be able to run.’ Well, yeah, we’ll just run a little slower. Everybody goes at their own pace. Nobody runs 100 percent flat-out all the time. So, we’ll be able to do a lot of the stuff that everybody likes, but again, there are certain elements, basic stuff that every coach tries to instill and I do think we have the personnel and the people that are skilled enough. We’ve improved our outside shooting which is used for spacing. We’re able to go into the post even more at the end of games because we’re not worried about getting fouled, so there’s a lot of things we can do different from last year and we’ll do it with skilled players. I’m excited about what we can do. ” about 3 hours ago

    MDA is taking SHOTS at Howard! The Rockets game is gonna be must see TV!!

    • richard

      Where did you get this interview? Awesome! That’s twice in a row direct SHOT at that big whiner and the Big Bricks…

      People easily forgot that, MDA was the coach that installed the USA team offense… the 2008 team did have Howard and MDA was able to incorporate him to the system.

      I love this line, “We’re able to go into the post even more at the end of games because we’re not worried about getting fouled”… hahahahaha… I was so this worried last year every time a game is close at the end.

      • Daryl Peek

        I spoke on the Hack a Howard factor on another post. That coupled with the refusal to run PNR completely destroyed offensive flow and team chemistry. People are too quick to blame D’antoni for things he had no control of. The article is on Suila by Dave McMeniman.

        • ra

          OK, Daryl, you’re def. working for the Lakers, PR dept. And if that’s so, say hi to everyone there. I’ve been a Lakers fan for centuries. Not gonna change now.

          • Daryl Peek

            LOL

  • Daryl Peek

    Mike D’Antoni on the specific basketball actions that can get Pau going next season …

    “A couple things – in the low post and playing off him, where he creates a double team or at least they have to be aware where the ball can be kicked out and we get open shots or Pau (Gasol) goes to work,” D’Antoni told ESPNLA last week. “And I think at the elbow, Pau’s devastating. I really do. I think him at the elbow with his passing ability, being 7-2 looking over the defense, gets everybody easy shots. Those are really the two areas, low post and elbow, and also off the pick-and-roll. He’s long, he’s a great target for Steve Nash or for whoever — for Kobe (Bryant), Steve Blake – get the ball and make the next pass where he gets the little pocket pass and then he makes the next pass out to a 3-point shooter or out to a Kaman or a post-up player.

    “So, when you know how to play basketball and you’re as skilled as Pau is, there’s all kinds of spots on the floor that he’s going to be effective at. We just need to be able to space people around him and with Kaman or going small again, we have that possibility, things will open up even more for him.”

    So much for those thinking MDA wont be flexible.

    • Daryl Peek

      Mike D’Antoni on who will play high, who will play low with Pau & Kaman: “I think it can go both ways …”

      “I think it can go both ways,” D’Antoni told ESPNLA last week. “I think they’re very complimentary to each other in the sense of both of them can play 15-feet and in, both of them can post up, both of them move the ball real well, they can pass. So, I think their games will be kind of easily put together and I think sometimes, depending on the mismatches, who has the better back-to-the-basket opportunities and who needs to space a little bit. So, I feel a lot of things can happen and both of them can pass the ball real well, so, I just see them kind of blending in together pretty easily. A lot easier than it was last year (with Dwight Howard), let’s put it that way.” about 4 hours ago

      More good stuff the MDA haters don’t think he’ll do. LOL

      • Zimmeredge

        i can remember him having this same enthousiast speech with how the defense will be great with Kobe, Mwp and Howard. I can remember him speaking like Gasol-Howard will rule the paint inside. MDA doesn’t know how to play with big mens. He can accept one but not two and especially when they are slow.
        now that being said and being a laker fan i hope we will gel as a team and win basketball games. it’s the only thing that matter in the end.
        I don’t see Gasol-Kaman in the same time on the court for the majority of the game because they are slow players. Because D’antoni really wants athletic players and shooters in the perimeter. I can see this duo in the money time when you have to protect the rim and go big inside. but during game time, Kaman will be Gasol’s sub.

        • Daryl Peek

          I fully expect rotation flexibility this up coming season. I believe that’s what he’s alluding to bottom line. We didn’t have that last season.

          • Zimmeredge

            well the roster was injury plagued for sure… Hill, Gasol, Blake, Nash, Howard. at one point we had to put Clark and Sacre (against Houston).
            but in the same time D’antoni didn’t put his other sub in confidence. Meeks and Jamison, alternatively, where benched for 10 games in a raw then get back then benched again then get back etc etc. Hill wasn’t in MDA’s plan since his experience in NYK. Morris who did great under Brown and then Bickerstaff at the beginning of the season was benched the entire season. Let’s not forget Clark… MDA was forced, because our injury issue, to play with him. If we weren’t having those problems Earl wouldn’t have a chance to stand up and show his talent.
            Throughout his career (Suns and NYK), MDA did not use a Popovich type of rotation. He is well-knowed for his small, short rotation. Over using his prime/main 3 players players. Another one as 6th man and then 4 role players. All in all it’s 8 players who are getting most of the game time. Then it’s garbage time.

          • Daryl Peek

            Actually your dead wrong about MDA and deep rotations. When MDA is building his teams up at the beginning he plays very deep rotations. He did this in Phoenix and NY. Once he’s got them in playoff contention he shortens his rotations. All good head coaches do this. This is why D’antoni has been so good at grooming/finding so many good young role players. Superstars are who they are from the jump.

            In NY the list of really good role players he groomed and ran was DEEP… Ray Felton, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler, Danillo Gallinari, Al Harrington, Shawne Williams, Landry Fields, Chris Duhon, David Lee, Nate Robinson, Marcus Landry, Steve Novack and Jeremy Lin. Almost all of these guys had there best years as a pro in the D’antoni system. The same can be said for his Suns players.

            Grooming youth is his strong suit. He was sabotaged by the Knick FO when they had that fire sale for Melo and Amare. He and Nash just couldn’t get past Duncans Spurs.

            I’m high on D’Antoni for the grooming of youth movement. We have not had that in LA since before West left when Del Harris was the HC.

          • Daryl Peek

            What are you talking about? All of the players I listed were really good role players that got minutes in the rotations. Barbosa, Bell, Diaw, James Jones, Kurt Thomas, Tim Thomas, Eddie House, ETC… all got contributing minutes under D’Antoni.

            I’m not gonna argue specifics of how many minutes they played. Roster development is the point. Each was given an opportunity to play and they all produced at some of their best numbers in their careers.

            The number sheer of players buried on the end of the bench pales in comparison to what we are use to as Lakers fans since the early 2000′s.

            Again it’s all about grooming youth. A long lost art in Laker land.

          • Zimmeredge

            we, definitely, have different point of view dude.

            i trust mda this season because this team is built for his game approach but if he fails i will destroy him. and i think he has much more pressure than last season on his shoulders for the coming season.

          • Daryl Peek

            Destroy him?!? Pinky and the Brain blank stare *looking*

            We def have different vantage points. I think he has less pressure, less pressure than any newer Lakers HC has had in years. You gotta admit expectations are as low as they have been in almost ten years.

            From an organization stand point Jeanie and Jim kinda need this. They have a chance to exhale and actually mourn Dr. Buss’s passing without the mainstream media circus pressure of championship or bust this season. They can actually take time to get on the same page now.

          • Zimmeredge

            expectations or lower on the franchise but D’antoni will feel the heat he can’t make that team play and win because he has the type of players he needed. basically it’ll decide decide its future. no playoff = out, playoff = FO will think about his future.

          • Daryl Peek

            Typical championship pressure is not there from the jump. This has been a rare experience in the Kobe era. Missing the playoffs is not an option. If that happens I’ll pay for the U-haul and help him pack up!

            Anything beyond a second round playoff appearance is gravy and will ensure another season at the helm for MDA.

            I know most Laker fans don’t wanna hear this but the FO was thinking future with the hiring of D’Antoni. They were when they hired Brown also. Forward thinking’s inception was locking the triangle in the past. That thought process began in 2011. The failed CP3 deal & non consideration of B. Shaw was evidence.

          • Zimmeredge

            because of FA, and because of what it implies (assembling a championship team) you can’t let D’antoni as our coach. You need a big name to bait the talent. Forget Lbj with DA’s, forget Melo. In fact forget every good player they all have high team/player options and won’t come and play under D’antoni (= no title chance)
            triangle in the past? that was when Jerry Buss was still alive.

          • Daryl Peek

            I disagree there also. There are only a handful of big name head coaches with actual championship experience in the league. All others are pretty much in the same class as D’Antoni, if not lower. Who was Spoelstra before the big three? Who was Doc Rivers before the Big three? Who is Mike Woodson, Kevin McHale as a HC, Mark Jackson, Frank Vogel, Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo? These are the current coaches where the bigger name FA have gone over the last few seasons.

            When you say big name HC there’s only one name out there that draws the the type of consideration your talking about. I can’t say 100% his days are done in LA but I am ready to move on…

            My attitude as a Laker fan right now is lets see where this season goes first. 14-15 will work itself out when we get there.

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    • Eddie Lazaro

      We all know Pau can do that, I am just wondering about his interview and why it was not applied last season since claims he knows where Pau can be efficient and productive. I am not a hater and willing to embrace him, it’s just his other words are contradictions of what was applied and done.
      Regarding Howard, he was never productive at the Olympics and as a matter of fact, he was often times more lost than the opponents with his silly fouls.

      • Daryl Peek

        Can’t use last season in any way shape or form. The “Stay” campaign mandated strange things. MDA could not coach the way he wanted to because of that coupled with all the injuries. I know it sounds like an excuse but it’s the reality of last season.

  • LAL918

    3339, you do realize you CAN’T argue with people on the internet; not to mention you also DON’T have the right to force them to listen to your opinion? 3339, just so you know; Howard NEVER wanted to go to the Lakers in the first place and he THOUGHT that if he was traded to the Lakers and won a title; he would’ve taken over the team and Bryant retiring as planned. Well, Kobe’s injury and wanting to play with the Lakers longer DERAILED Howard’s plan, not to mention he already stated he disliked Kobe as both a player and as a person. Plus, the other reason why he left (You can thank Daryl Peek’s very good explanation for that and I’ll say this too) is because he REFUSED to play the pick and roll style of which Howard was really good at; so do you think he’ll like the SAME system the Rockets use, which is mostly pick and roll and thinks he’ll post up more? OF COURSE NOT; because Howard’s just as dumb as a bag of bricks and rocks before realizing that they do the exact same thing and knowing him, he’s likely to bitch about it even more with them than with the entire Lakers team, plus Harden’s an even bigger ballhog than Kobe; since I now think of him as nothing more than a pale imitation.

    Plus, 3339; you say you’re over Howard yet you STILL talk about him and bringing back Phil wouldn’t solve the problems, because Howard’s mentality is fucking weak and Phil would have actually lost patience with him. If you now don’t like the Lakers because of the direction they’re going, do yourself a BIG FAVOR and go cheer for the Clippers; since apparently you say they’re the main attraction in Los Angeles now. It’s stubborn jackasses like you 3339, is what makes some Lakers fans look extremely stupid.

    • 3339

      . I’m sick and tired of all the excuses people are making about the Lakers. Every day they try and justify why jimmy or dantoni do something. Its embarassing and I’m just saying what most laker fans are thinking.

      • LAL918

        3339, you do realize that the Lakers are EXTREMELY limited with their spending resources and Jim Buss DID get CP3 for only a brief time until the league vetoed it. Sure, the Lakers won’t be contenders this year but you NEVER know because nobody can predict what the Lakers can do in less than 2 months from now.

        • 3339

          Why can’t they be contenders? They damn well can be. I don’t trust dantoni at all but getting Rambis is a good start. There is no reason why they can’t be contenders with Kobe, Pau (being used right), Nash, and solid young players.

          • LAL918

            You also have to understand that the Western Conference is once again extremely competitive and there’s no damn way they’ll make it out of there alive. D’Antoni DID please Howard by giving him post moves but he RARELY made them as everyone and their mother knows that he’s limited offensively. You can sit there and have high hopes that they can make some noise but tell that to the already competitive teams in the West who are ready to knock down anyone that stands in their way, Lakers too.

          • Daryl Peek

            I keep hope they can contend but it’s not realistic to bank on it no matter who’s coaching the team. This is a reboot season. Personally I’m just over Phil. I want to see the new chapter begin. IMO too many fans are hanging on to the past in hopes of one last hurrah.

            Who knows, D’Antoni has been knocking on the door for a while. Larry Brown & Rick Carlise had been long knocking and finally broke through with a nice mix of vets and youngsters. The Lakers with Nash, Gasol, Kobe and crew could be his breakthrough.

          • LAL918

            Daryl, perhaps this season is D’Antoni’s redemption for all we know.

          • 3339

            I know all about the west. almost every team out there is a playoff team. But we have Kobe and Pau who were the leading men on back 2 back championships not to long ago. nobody else out west can say that. Plus Nash and nice young players. We should easily be in the mix.
            You think that Kobe thinks the Lakers aren’t contenders. The only thing I’m worried about is coaching. I’ve said all along that Brian Shaw should’ve been hired as soon as Phil left. dantoni isn’t Larry Brown ( who would be someone I would love to see coach the Lakers) or Rick Carlisle. dantoni is an overrated coach and can’t manage egos. He showed his true nature when he quit on the Knicks during a season because the guys didn’t fit his flawed system.

          • LAL918

            Let go of this Phil Jackson debacle already, 3339. He won’t return to the Lakers, period.

          • 3339

            when in my last post did I mention Phil returning? I said Brian Shaw or Larry Brown. But since the Lakers blew it with Brian Shaw and Larry probably won’t, they should go after Byron Scott. they just really need to divorce themselves from dantoni for basically anyone else.

          • Laker Fan Forever

            and that solves the problem how? its pessimistic laker fans like you that puts the lakernation on negative territory. The man had no training camp going in the season they just lost what almost all of their games, before dantoni came in chemistry was messed up already that and why would you hire a guy like byron scott who is out of the league since what 2010? that’s 3 years, yes he is a laker forever but right now what the lakers needs is to build a solid foundation like what the pre championship years of shaq and kobe .Let the players feel each other out with the system because i believe any system can win a championship its up to the coaching staff to mesh the right players on the floor together and up to the players to give it all and just bring it every other game. That will make our laker team a championship contender once again. Get rid of all this negativity bro enough of this fire this fire that no one to blame but the lakers themselves all of them now it is up to us fans to just stay strong and positive and never let go of support!

            #LakerFanForever!

          • LAL918

            Laker Fan Forever: I definitely agree with you here. The PJ era is already over, I know a LOT of fans still cling on to the past but obviously what they DON’T KNOW was that they won without Phil before and that was in the showtime era and the era before that. Either way, this entire coaching staff along with the new players MUST bring it with great effort every night.

          • 3339

            I agree with what you said about the coaching staff having to mesh the right players on the floor, but dantoni can’t do that. Lakers need someone else.

    • Zimmeredge

      event if Kobe wins a 6th title he will not instantly retire from the game. He’ll keep play just becaus he loves the game. He will overpass Jordan in scoring and if can reach a 6th title between now and 2015 he will try to get a 7th. And if he can’t he’ll try to get Jabbar’s scoring record. this guy is on a mission.

      • LAL918

        Yes he is but the big question for Kobe; is he gonna be the same player? No one knows but Kobe himself.

  • 3339

    The facebook comment above from marty is perfect. Very good points

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