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Lakers News: James Worthy Talks D’Antoni Resignation, Byron Scott Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="279"] Unfortunately for Mike D'Antoni and the Los Angeles Lakers, the two sides never quite fit, and D'Antoni decided to resign from his po [new_royalslider id="279"] Unfortunately for Mike D'Antoni and the Los Angeles Lakers, the two sides never quite fit, and D'Antoni decided to resign from his po Rating: 0
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Lakers News: James Worthy Talks D’Antoni Resignation, Byron Scott

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Unfortunately for Mike D’Antoni and the Los Angeles Lakers, the two sides never quite fit, and D’Antoni decided to resign from his position on Wednesday. The news was met with widespread joy from the Lakers faithful around the world, and rumors are already swirling as to who the next coach will be.

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One Lakers legend who had been critical of D’Antoni was Time Warner Cable SportsNet analyst James Worthy. Worthy appeared last night on Access SportsNet: Lakers and spoke about what he believed went wrong this past season for the former Lakers coach:

We knew the injuries were a problem, but we also expected a certain style of play. I think he lost the bearings of the players and it took too much time to conjure up what shouldn’t have had to take place, as far as buying into the system

Worthy makes very good points about this year. Injuries obviously played a huge role in the Lakers struggles, but D’Antoni’s style didn’t fit with the personnel on the roster, and he never really adjusted.

Add that to some of the embarrassing results the Lakers suffered this year, with 30- and 40-point losses where the team looked like they weren’t trying, and it becomes easy to question whether D’Antoni should be in control.

But now that D’Antoni is gone, the question becomes who will take over the job. While not committing to anyone in particular, Worthy did mention a certain former teammate and fellow TWC analyst:

There are some good coaches out there, Byron’s one of them.

It is too early in the search for anyone to be a favorite to land this job, but Scott’s name has been linked to this job even before it became available.

At the end of the day, a new regime will begin in Los Angeles soon, and Big Game James will have no problem voicing his opinion as he always has.
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Mike D’Antoni Resigns As Lakers Head Coach – Magic Johnson Says He Couldn’t Be Happier

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  • Lakers+HeatBeef

    Kevin Ollie

    A source tells the Los Angeles Daily News that UConn’s Kevin Ollie will listen to a potential pitch from the Lakers regarding their head-coaching vacancy.
    Ollie should appeal strongly to the Lakers for two reasons. He’s proven to be an excellent young head coach already and, more importantly, he has a close relationship with Kevin Durant — who will be a free agent in 2016. Durant had this to say about Ollie’s brief stint playing with the Thunder in 2009-10: “Kevin Ollie, he was a game-changer for us. … He changed the whole culture, I think. He might not say it, but I think he changed the whole culture in Oklahoma City.” Ollie could end up with a tough decision on his hands as he just led his alma mater, UConn, to the National Championship.

    Source: Los Angeles Daily News

    • Levels

      Update on that…. UConn are in talks with Kevin to double his salary in a new long term deal… Via..ESPN..

      • keenanjen

        As we all know extensions in college means nothing. He could get a 20 year and he could still leave the next day.

        • Levels

          As well all know that isn’t true… please give coaches that have signed a new multi million dollar deal and broke his contract to simply coach a PRO team… I’ll wait….

          • independentbynature

            Alford left New Mexico to coach UCLA right after signing a big extension.It’s not a pro job,but that’s the closest comparison I can think of.

          • Levels

            Yes, I remember that one, I just don’t ever think that a college coach has inked a new deal and leave within weeks to the Pro’s.. you have to think that if UConn is trying to tie him down Kevin may not want to coach pro yet, I think he will be a good coach whenever he decides… and if the Lakers aren’t in a rush..UConn will renew him..

          • independentbynature

            I know he played in the league,but I’d still prefer a coach with NBA experience.I do believe he will be a good coach one day if he comes to the NBA,though.

          • Levels

            Me too, I agree… I just don’t know if he’s ready for what coaching the Lakers actually means NBA experience is key for us now and going forward and with Kobe. I just don’t see Kobe listening to him when Kobe has 5 rings…

          • independentbynature

            Good point about Kobe.I know Kobe would listen to Byron.

          • Levels

            Yeah, Byron actually mentored Kobe and D-fish Byron’s last year playing for the Lakers…

          • magikwyrkz4u

            If Byron is hired, he should hire D Fish as an assistant to groom him for a potential head coaching job in the future.

          • trouble562

            YEA BUT AS LONG AS THEY LEAVE RAMBIS AS ASSISTANT

          • Computer Networking

            Exactly. I agree and Byron would bring defense back to the lakers

          • keenanjen

            Brad Stevens left after signing a contract just the year before. Yes no NBA team came calling that year, but he left the next year when they did. Also it happens all the time in College football as well

      • Computer Networking

        Doesn’t matter. I don’t think there is anyone who would turn down the Lakers coaching position.

        • Levels

          Doesn’t matter?? okay, we’ll see…

          • Computer Networking

            Why would it matter? There is more than just one good candidate out there. As long as the Lakers get one

          • Levels

            You’re the one that said that…or at the very least insinuated that Ollie would break a long term deal… if you’re under contract the Lakers have to have permission to speak to said coach… So your whole post no longer makes sense to me in the way you wrote it…

          • Computer Networking

            Listen, I still stand by my words. Ollie would leave for the lakers job, but at the same time it doesn’t matter because he is not going to get the job anyway so we will never know.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Ollie might be good, but I don’t know if Kobe will have that much respect for him because they played each other inl the NBA? However, what he did in winning the NCAA is amazing. He seems unflappable which is good especially when it comes to crunch time.

      • Jim213

        If Kobe considers Melo championship material (given his college career) don’t see an issue with K Ollie. Aside of that the Sterling issue may have changed previous perception too.

        • nlruizjr

          coaching college is not coaching NBA or D-league for that matter, now !!!

          • Jim213

            No diss but duh really Einstein?! Kobe won’t have a problem with K Ollie IMO but this decision should be made for the future (long term) well being of the brand. This is why I wouldn’t pursue George Karl given his health issues.

            Yes, he’d like to coach but IMO he likely has 2-3 years at most and given the recent coaching changes best to go long term.

          • Computer Networking

            Very good point

    • nlruizjr

      really the results were the same, no “C” !!!!

    • jameskatt

      Kevin Ollie has no credentials as an NBA Championship caliber coach.

  • Lakers+HeatBeef

    Worthy is the man,love that dude.

  • ra

    Again, #1: Doc Rivers -> Lakers, #?: Kevin Ollie -> Lakers. These are Championship coaches. Start with that, then work ‘downward’ (and, for those Celtic haters, Thibs was the Defense coach on the Celtics team, that Doc coached, that defeated the Lakers in the Finals – in fact, Thibs ‘encouraged’ the moving screens that the Celtics used throughout the Finals – I’ll never forget that).

    I wouldn’t mind Doc, or Thibs, but just reminding those who are on the Thibodeau bandwagon, but have made statements against Doc (being an ex-Celtic, that is).

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Yes we need a championship coach third time is a charm.Or three strikes and you’re out which one will it be?I am hoping Jim Buss hits his biggest home run ever and makes a splash by reinventing the culture of the Lakers by hiring Kevin Ollie.I also would love to see Doc Rivers man Phil’s old high chair.Lakers are the cream of the crop,the elite franchise and the most premiere in all of sports.Jim Buss must get the coaching hire perfectly right.

      • Joseph Apohen

        Doc might come over as I am not sure he wants that owner for a boss.

        • Javon Newton

          Im fine with tibs ,byron scott, doc or fish

    • Joseph Apohen

      Doc is a good coach. I’m not sure he’s great, but what made him good and the reason the hated Celtics won over the Lakers the first time (2008?, can’t remember exactly) was the defense of Thibs.

  • TTKIN

    Idk I think Byron is a good choice simply cuz were starting to get players who WANT to be Lakers. R roster was full of em last yr. And if Laker brass is smart, those r the same types we’ll keep getting. Get a coach who adores this franchise on top of that? Psh yes plz!

    • vdogg

      excellent points! wholeheartedly agree.

  • Josh M Weisman

    I Like Kevin Ollie, Tom Thibs, Byron Scott, and Jeff Van Gundy…but I still think the possibility of Fisher being the Head Coach would be pretty awesome!

    • Joseph Apohen

      Fish will eventually be a good coach, but I think he needs to go through apprentice program first.

      • Chrmngblly

        I think we ought to put him in our apprentice program as an assistant coach. He will really help the locker room. If we do, I think he will be gone coaching somewhere else in 4-5 years. That might be OK, too, though.

        He could be a pretty good coach right now if he got the right assistants and good counsel. Bickerstaff or somebody to help him.

        I really like Kevin Ollie, too, above all college coaches, anyway. I like philosophical coaches. It helps the players buy-in to something greater than themselves.

        • Joseph Apohen

          Agree.

  • Cupcake

    Kerr was a great perimeter player in the 90′s with MJ and Phil during
    Phil’s stint on the Bulls. He has head coached the Rookie Showcases a
    few times, but Phil is putting a lot of pressure on his former player
    without proven success. Byron I believe would be the best candidate for
    the job. Former Laker, he knows the strategies and knows the pressure
    of the philosophy. Being a Laker is more than being a team player, it’s
    a responsibility.

    • Joseph Apohen

      I like Scott; however, it was mentioned that he does not have the charisma. In addition he has that scowl on his face and most of the time he has his arms crossed. In psychology it is a sign you’re shutting down whoever wants to talk to you. In other words, unapproachable. Hopefully I am wrong.

      • nlruizjr

        would you prefer open arms like the idiot that just left ????
        psychology and sports do not mix !!!!

        • Joseph Apohen

          Did I say I prefer MDA? And what reference material do you have to back up your statement that psychology and sports do not mix? How many times have you seen someone going to attempt a free throw and the opposing coach calls a timeout to “ice” him”? Isn’t that a psyschological move? Calling someone an idiot is pretty strong. He is probably more educated than you. If Scott is hired as Lakers coach I hope he does well. It might be a good idea to have Fish as an apprentice assistant coach. I am not a fan of MDA. The fans who have been spoiled by Phil Jackson have been very hard on hlm. I don’t think Phil could have done much better with the Lakers personnel this year.

          • nlruizjr

            and what proof do you have to prove that it does, my stance was not that it did not exist, only that it does not mix, ex: hack a shaq, etc. who wants to see hack a shaq take place for the last 3-4 min. per game, my guess is that a lot of paying customers would rather see basket ball than free throws, also if every coach that crosses his arms is not approachable, how about it being just a “habit”, habits are not always psychological but just a habit, do you have things you do that are just a habit and do you analyze all of your habits ? and Phil not doing any better than MDA is just your opinion, right ! you don’t actually know how PJ would have done with this team, unless PJ actually coached this team, so as you gave your opinion, I’m free to give my opinion, also !!!!!!!

          • nlruizjr

            Oh btw, just because someone has attended college for 4-6 yrs does not necessarily mean that person is more educated than someone that hasn’t gone to college, some go to college dumb and come out of college dumb and I would even guess that you may know someone that fits that category.

          • Jim213

            “psychology and sports do not mix” Although, do have higher learning education one doesn’t need to go to college to succeed in life but it’ll open more doors. However, you need to read some books if you don’t believe that both mix.

            What do you think Kobe, M Jordan, and the other greats which goes for other sports do when they’re talking trash to their opponents? Getting in their heads douche. Freebie www .psychologytoday.com/articles/199909/the-art-trash-talk

          • nlruizjr

            talkin trash doesn’t mean they are applying a psychological method, it could be they just like to talk trash, which probably most of them do, do you see them walkin around with a psychology book, spoutin off Psychological quotes, get real !!!!!!

          • Jim213

            Not ONLY academic, psychology is applied in everyday life tho SOME may not know it but it’s still psychology. No book needed to practice psychology but it helps to understand it’s meanings. However, you seem to have an anger problem!

          • nlruizjr

            ha, ha, ha, whatever dude, you don’t have to impress me with your psyc 101 !!!!!!

          • Jim213

            LOL… who said anything about impressing? In a way it’s similar to watching football, basketball, or hockey… etc. They’re all games but we refer to them as being a part of sports. I believe I know why you’re angry all the time.

            We’re all here to learn which goes for myself but you’re stubborn as a mule. Meme pun

          • nlruizjr

            you don’t have to send me a picture of your MOM !!!

          • Jim213

            Will let it slide given the meme but the point is your stubbornness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

          • nlruizjr

            Jim213, I welcome your opinion, after all this is just about opinions, I don’t think any of us are real experts but thanks for your reply’s and I take back my last post !!!!!

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Are you confusing philosophy with psychology?

            Psychology is huge in sports. Players giving up on their coach? Psychology. That Kobe death stare? Psychology. Clutch performances under pressure, game winning free throws, deciding whether to call a TO or let the players play through a bad spurt? Psychology. Phil Jackson was well known for that last one, and had to manage the egos and personalities of a lot of alpha types. Guess what that requires…

            A knowledge of psychology, whether it’s learned in a classroom or out in the world.

          • nlruizjr

            I never stated that Psychology never existed in BB, look at my first post on the subject !!!!!

          • molly

            still would be more educated maybe not smarter

          • nlruizjr

            so what is your point I know people on both sides of the spectrum, so what !!!!!

  • Levels

    Byron Scott is going to be coach, Calipari isn’t leaving KU making $5.2 million a year, top 4 players coming back and a top recruiting class coming in, Kevin Ollie is in talks with UConn on a new deal to double his salary on a new long term deal, Thibs isn’t leaving Chi with Melo possible hooking with Drose, Hollins isn’t even on the Lakers radar( though he is a good coach) as Kerr isn’t on their radar either… Dunleavy is dreaming it didn’t go well last time, and we had a healthy team… Jerry Sloan is 72 and is retired IF he were to come back to coaching he’d go to Utah who needs a coach, Georg Karl isn’t like by Kobe or Mitch… Could there be another candidate out there, yeah maybe..But again This is Byron Scott’s job…

    • Sylvia Ross

      I hope you’re right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dion-Richardson/1201967847 Dion Richardson

    B. Scott all the way! He’s commented on this team all year, mentored Kobe, and led the Nets to back-to-back Finals. He’s also defensive minded with a flair for Showtime. No question in my mind!

  • Sylvia Ross

    Byron Scott, has and will be my favorite for the job. He is a very good defensive coach and I think the players will respect him, Byron, all day !!

  • KB24

    Tom thibs uses short man rotation making kobe more prone to injuries,doc rivers from celtics and look rondo to cp3 redick as allen pierce as jcraw and griffin as kg thats why he is shooting mid range ,lionel hollins relies on big man too much,b.scott on point guard play but they are all DEFENSIVE COACHES WHICH IS GOOD….NO TO KERR….NO TO ROOKIE COACHES….i dont know on kevin ollie and calipari coz college coaches calipari dribble drive relies on 3pters no good for lakers,ollie to get durant idk,OKC NEWSPAPER durant as mr.unreliable which could led to KD going to lakers bcoz of kobe (idolizes kobe and dirk) btw I DONT HAVE THE IDEA FOR A RIGHT COACH TO A CORE OF KOBE-LOVE-EMBIID EXUM and probably gasol,deng and young

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Embiid AND Exum? Possible, but very, very improbable. Would require the Lakers getting a high enough pick to get Embiid, and having Exum maneuver his way out of getting drafted/signed, and then come back and have the Lakers sign him. I don’t see us getting both, and may even miss out on getting either one.

  • independentbynature

    There are many options and everyone has an opinion on who should be the next coach.I say,if the FO really wants to return to showtime,then hire a coach who played it.Byron Scott is my pick for the job.Make the fans happy,Jimmy.Add D. Fish to the staff and you can keep Rambis,too.He’s still under contract,I believe.I will continue to lobby for Byron.He’s the man.

  • TheTruthKills

    My top 3 are Doc Rivers (If Clippers situation falls apart), Byron Scott, and Ettore Messina. If the Clippers situation doesn’t fall apart I’d replace Doc with Kevin Ollie, but only if the team is willing to let him build and grow with the team.

    • Joseph Apohen

      I am intrigue by this guy Messina as I read he is an excellent coach plus the fact that Kobe likes him. The next two months will be very interesting.

  • box5

    K.o crenshaw high’s finest, hell yea I can rock with that, I prefer in house over everything but if not let’s keep it cali with K.O. yell

  • ROCKNROB

    Can you Imagin Whorty voicing his opinion on BS as a Lakers Coach

  • Eric

    What happens if he sucks as a coach? How do you call for someone like him to be fired if it was necessary? It’s like being the boss and hiring your friend. And then they turn around and do a poor job. Do risk your friendship by firing your friend? Even though that’s the right call?

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      I’d bet the friendship would last. Both parties have been in the NBA long enough to understand the business side of it.

  • jameskatt

    If Jim Buss has any smarts, the Byron Scott is the absolutely best choice for coach. He is an NBA Champion player. He has taken New Jersey to two NBA Championships. He has had enough wins AND losses to have matured as an NBA Coach. He is an NBA Championship Caliber Coach. You cannot say that about any other coaching candidate.

    None of the other coaching candidates – except Brian Shaw who turned the Lakers down, Steve Kerr who is going to New York to join our former coach Phil Jackson, and Doc Rivers who refuses to consider the Lakers – have championship caliber experience as both players and coaches.

    No college coach will work except for possibly coach K. The college coaches need too much training and seasoning to take a team to the championship.

  • jameskatt

    Byron Scott is the only candidate that hasn’t turned the Lakers down (Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw, Steve Kerr, Doc Rivers) who has the NBA Championship Player and NBA Championship Series coaching credentials, and the personality to work with Kobe Bryant.

    Byron Scott is also the only candidate left who we can seriously expect the Lakers to win now and not waste Kobe’s last 2 years.

    All the other coaching candidates need training wheels or are losers.

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