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Lakers News: Jodie Meeks ‘Loves Playing For’ Mike D’Antoni

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Following the 112-95 loss to the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers set a franchise record for most losses in a single season. Many place blame on Mike D’Antoni and see him a scapegoat for the Lakers’ struggles this year.

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After Saturday’s practice, Jodie Meeks offered praise towards D’Antoni, according to ESPNLA’s Dave McMenamin:

With injuries affecting most of the Lakers’ backcourt, Meeks emerged as one of the most productive players on the roster. In a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder March 9, Meeks set a career-high by scoring 42 points. The performance caused D’Antoni to say he saw Meeks as the most consistent Laker.

This season, Meeks evolved from a spot-up shooter to a more complete offensive player. As a result, Meeks is having a career year and is posting 15.6 points per game while getting 33.1 minutes.

Meeks’ contract expires at the end of the season. In his two seasons as a Laker, Meeks fell in love with the city and the team. He expressed his desire to return to the Lakers.

The Lakers will be an interesting position during the off-season. For the first time since 2005, the Lakers will have a lottery pick in the draft. Added on, the Lakers have plenty of cap space to build a roster the front office feels could contend. With Meeks putting up the numbers he has over this season, the Lakers will have to consider bringing him back in 2013-14.
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Russell Valenzuela is a Lakers Nation Intern who studied Economics at UC Irvine. As a Laker fan since childhood, he follows and tracks statistics for a variety of sports.

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  • Lakers Fan

    My issues with MDA is his inability to get players to play defense, his misuse of big men, his benching of players without reason, religiously using small lineups, being stubborn, running players to death, overplaying players, playing players out of position, and being bad with rotations. Although he is great at developing players, he does not know how to properly use them. I understand Jodie loving to play for MDA because his system is made for players like him, and he gives them the opportunity to play(until they have an off game or he just don’t feel like playing them anymore). And unless Hill, Gasol, and Kaman has had a change of heart, I don’t think EVERYBODY loves playing for him. We need a well-rounded coach that preaches defense and knows how to use players to their strengths. MDA is not that guy, and will be shown the door at the end of the season.

    • Spitfire

      Huh?! You are so outdated about that not preaching defense. Sacre is arguably the best defender on the team, that is why he is playing Sacre over Kaman, and he is prioritizing the defense more than ever. Why Rambis doesnt take the blame on defensive woes that the Lakers have? He is the defensive coach for this team, do you know that?!!!then blame him then.
      Your issue with small ball is the problem, not MdA when in fact the league ( almost all the teams) are playing small ball.. The Rockets, Heat, Spurs, Knicks, Thunder and more are successfull playing the small ball that MDA has innovated.
      The problem was the defense and if your player is Pau in the middle then you have a BIG problem.
      Educate yourself with the Lakers not only this page is feeding you.

      • Lakers Fan

        All those teams you named have better defense than us. Miami has no one in the middle, and their defense is light years better than ours. It doesn’t matter who is in the middle, this is a team sport. We have average wing defenders on the team, but yet teams put up 110+ points on us damn near every night. You know why? Because our coach only cares about offense, and you have to be insane to not acknowledge he is the reason our defense is horrible. And how often do you see the defensive coach get the blame in basketball?? Rarely, if ever. It’s funny how you just missed every other aspect of why MDA needs to go. It’s more than just defense and small ball, although they both played a HUGE part in the way this season has gone. We are arguably ridiculed with injures due to how MDA uses his players, and we are also poor in the rebounding department. Sacre the best defender?!? Who exactly has he stopped from getting to the rim? Who has he beat in the rebounding and blocking department? Nobody! So how bout you educate yourself and actually sit and re-watch every game of the season and see who and what the REAL issue is.

        • hookedonnews

          Compare the rosters of those teams, and you’ll know why they have better defenses. None of these guys are starters on any other team in the NBA. And this idea that the injuries are MDA’s fault is ludicrous. Is it the system? A lot of other teams play this system. Is it minutes? This team started the season with an 11-man rotation with no one playing big minutes. Now when you’re down to not having enough bodies to meet the minimum you’re going to have players having to play more minutes, but that’s a result not a cause. Any sensible person looking at the kind of injuries that have occurred will know that they had nothing to do with D’Antoni. The reason Sacre is considered the best defender is that he plugs the paint better than anyone else. You don’t have a lot of great defensive players on this team. Gasol & Kaman couldn’t stop Damian Lillard from dunking on them. That should tell you something. The REAL issue with this team is the sub-par talent that is being expected to compete with starters and teams who have had stable lineups. You can’t have any defensive consistency when you have an ever-changing lineup due to injuries. Almost 300 games lost due to injury on a less talented team is going to be a recipe for disaster which is what we’ve gotten this season.

      • ComeOnNowBeReal

        Did you just say Sacre is the best defender on the team?! hahahahahaha

        • Spitfire

          Then who? You only use stats to prove your point. See the game closely. Hahaha

    • Daryl Peek

      Defense, I don’t see why everyone keeps talking about great defensive system’s or adjustments? Phil ran like three defensive sets in practice and left it up to us to figure it out on the court.” –Kobe Bryant on the triangle Lake Show defense.

      • Lakers Fan

        That quote proves my point. It’s pretty much saying that MDA don’t have that type of effect on this team. Those players took on Phil’s mentality and they went out and did what they had to do defensively and offensively, because they knew that’s what they were supposed to do. That’s what a coach is supposed to do. They are supposed to be so intact with their players that their players take on their mentality. These players no doubt got MDA’s mentality because they don’t know how to win unless they outscore the other opponent.

        • Daryl Peek

          First thing, we all know MDA is no defensive guru and neither was Phil. Phil employed others to help teach defensive principles and Rambis was one of them during the second Lake Show run. The second Lake Show was no where as effective as the first defensively. What’s the difference? Personnel and willingness to execute defensively.

          Kobe’s statement in no way proves your point. all it does is show your short slightness in seeing things as they are. Spitfire is right about one thing concerning Gasol as the middle man, manning the post defensively. The Lakers absolutely have a problem if he’s got the responsibility of that mantle. This is why Phil wanted to coach the Lakers with Howard, stating “I once had interest in coaching what they had over there but not so much now”

          There is no bigger fan or defender of Gasol than me on this site but I will not turn a blind eye to his shortcomings. The Gasoft label did not come from playing for D’Antoni. It was not MDA who punched Pau in the chest the season before the FO decided to trade him for CP3.

          Again, I come off defending MDA simply because of all the BS misinformation most regurgitate over and over…

          How could we expect any of these Lakers to know what they were supposed to do defensively when A. injuries. B. they didn’t know each other in the first place. C. didn’t have the talent to defend, and D. don’t have the collective tenure and experience as true NBA starter to know how to play good team defense. Couple that with a few of the band members being career non willing in defenders.

          Again, Phil’s second stint without Shaq, Horace Grant, Rick Fox, Robert Horry, B. Shaw, Ron Harper, And a much younger D. Fish and Kobe was no where as good simply due to talent and willingness to knuckle up, but MDA is supposed to make good with D-league talent in a season where the team spent months not being able to practice game defensive sets due to not having enough bodies run practice sets? You can’t practice full court defense with only 7 healthy players. You can’t build continuity in rotations when you don’t know who go or coming back from IR next day to day. There are so many different issues I could bring up that show the sheer level of outlandish and unjust malevolence most have for MDA in his Lakers tenure. Again. I’m not saying the guy is the greatest HC or anything like that but too much info is tailored to show his lack when if fact he’s far from this give all that has happened.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Chuck Person was also hired to help out the defense when Phil was there…forcing players baseline and funneling them to bynum

            People give D’antoni too much of the blame. Defense takes effort…and if guys don’t put in the effort, the defense will suck. Rambis has been useless. Injuries have completely demoralized the team, destroyed chemistry, hindered D’antonis’ ability to make changes, and demolished any hope the Lakers had this season (they started pretty good, 10-9….then injuries hit hard)

          • Daryl Peek

            Exactly! But you can’t sell the truth to those who want blood regardless.

          • independentbynature

            Daryl,most of us have a name other than the truth for what you’re selling…..

          • Daryl Peek

            The name you’all keep is diluted with personal biases that mislead.

          • Lakers Fan

            Miami has Bosh and Birdman manning the middle, yet they have a better defense than us. Wade and LeBron alone don’t make that defense the way it is. It’s a team effort. It doesn’t matter who is in the middle, we could have been better on defense. I would have rathered they play zone and force teams to beat use by shooting. Our players wouldn’t even try. Meeks, Johnson, Farmar, Blake, Bazemore, Henry, Hill, Williams(when he was here), and Sacre(to an extent) are/were good defenders. Why did the defense suck so bad? It was the head coach not pressing the matter. We can blame Rambis, but who looks at the defensive coach for blame when it comes to the team in basketball? Look back at a lot of our games. There were games we were supposed to win, but we played horrible defense. This was when we had a full roster. There were times this year were we actually played great defense, but it wasn’t consistent. So don’t use the injuries as an excuse. People keep saying he wasn’t given a fair hand because of the injuries, but there is no coincidence that the team last season dealt with the same injury issue. This all falls on the coach, rather you want to admit it or not.

          • Daryl Peek

            What is Birdman? He’s a career defensive minded big. Come on man! You gotta be better than that!! Miami has LeBron, the best defensive player in the NBA and has been so for several years. LBJ had the Cavs as the 5th best defense in the league playing with players like a broken down ilgauskas, Sasha Pavlovic, Larry Hughes and a bunch of unproven rookies with Mike Brown coaching them. And they got to the NBA finals. LBJ is that good. Now add Birdman, Wade and Bosh? SMH

          • Lakers Fan

            Come on dude! Years ago Birdman might have been a decent defensive big, but what has he done lately? LeBron the best defender in the NBA?? Are you serious?? LeBron is a great defender, but the best in the league?? Come on man lol. If he has been the best defender in the league for the past several years as YOU say, why haven’t he won any DPOY awards? And Bosh? Outside of a block here and there, he is just like Gasol in the softness category. The only competent defensive player he has on that team is Wade, and I would even say Haslem is a better defender than Birdman. SMH!

          • Daryl Peek

            LBJ and the cavs were fifth best defensive team in the league. There’s no other way to coin that given in 06-07 he played with a bunch of rookies and a center on the down side of his career. You can’t refute that. Birdman does not have to be the player he was as a youngster to still be effective defensively. Get Real Man! I lose all respect for you if that’s the BS you’re gonna try to play. Kurt Thomas was old as dirt but was still an effective defensive player. Horace Grant, Jason Kidd, ETC… Paul Pierce is anchoring the Nets at the 4 and they have been on a tear since he went their. KG is still seen as a solid defender when healthy. A defensive minded player never loses that if he’s still hustling. Miss me with the elementary condescending ISH man.

          • Lakers Fan

            LMAO!! It’s funny how you say he is the best defensive player THIS year and SEVERAL others, but only bring up one seaon. Get outta here dude. And do you really think I give a damn about your respect? I don’t know you and you don’t know me. I could care less about how you feel about me. We are all opinionated on this blog, some more factual than others. You can’t seem to have a legit sports argument without getting into your feelings and being boxed into your own OPINION.

          • Lakers Fan

            You also fail to realize the Heat had great defense before Birdman got there. That was when Bosh and UD was manning the paint. The Heat is a good defensive team collectively, with LeBron and Wade being their best defenders. Birdman did what he has done for them because it was a team effort. As for Pierce and KG, they came and made the Nets a better defensive team whereas Miami was already good defensively before Birdman got there. Lebron is no where near the best defender in this league

          • Daryl Peek

            We’ll agree to disagree, especially on LeBron. I sense bias there on your part, and don’t get me wrong, I’m no LeBron fan. I just call it as the numbers and performance shows it. When you look at the Heat’s defensive numbers over the years it coincides with the offense pace they play at. As they have improved offensively they have given up more points. Haslem and Wade are and were good individual defensive players and the big three inception just made that better. Birdman was a great role playing addition. LeBron is undeniably the best defender in the NBA as he can virtually guard 1-4 at a very high level. There has never been a player in the league like that. Pippen is the closest and he himself tells of how much better LBJ is. DPOY or MVP aren’t always the best player as pertains to who wins the award. MJ was hands down the MVP every year in the 90′s during his reign. Others got the nod to keep it fair so to speak.

          • Lakers Fan

            I praised LBJ as being a good defender, so how you sense me being biased I dont know. Just because someone can guard multiple positions doesnt mean they are effective at it. There is not one good PF in this league LeBron can guard. LeBron is hands down the best player in the league, but no where near the best defender. Thats not being biased. But yea we will agree to disagree.

          • Daryl Peek

            LeBron checks good PF’s all of the time. Elite players are that for a reason. No one can truly stop them. Obviously LBJ does a great job in being an effective defender as the Heat constantly leans on that ability, and the Cavs did the same.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            I think this time I will have to disagree with you DP… there is a clear disconnect with how this team runs offense and defense… and a big par of that is on the coach(MDA)… no matter who we hire as a defensive coach, it will still fall on MDA as he holds that responsibility as a head coach. IMO, the problem lies in how he empowers his assistant coaches and players. He may be an offensive genius, but when there is a clear disconnect in the transition from offense to defense, that’s a major thing in team sports like basketball. I have nothing against MDA, but this.

          • Daryl Peek

            The problem is boards. The disconnect happens when the offense is not clicking. Shots are missed and no one crashes the boards. Then it doubles down when players exercise the freedom MDA allows them to take the first open shot they perceive they have. This is my problem. Guards need to stick their nose in their and help on the boards. MDA is so worried about giving up fast break points he completely ignores the guard help on the glass. As much as i defend him I’m in no way oblivious to his short comings as a coach. Defensively they just STINK! No other way to coin it.

            All of that said, the talent level/experience of the players on the court are still a problem also. Keep in mind were relying on players like Farmar, Marshall, Hill, Sacre, Kelly, Meeks, X, Bazemore and Johnson. None of these guys outside of Farmar has ever been a consistent contributor on a team with a winning culture, and Farmar is just in his first season back in the NBA after playing his way out of it. I didn’t touch on the injuries either. Too much has gone on to completely blame MDA. Bottom line the FO will make an assessment whether they feel he deserves another season.

  • Daryl Peek

    “He’s very encouraging and I love playing for him.

    Dig that? But everyone will point out how MDA has had issue with two or three players on the team when the majority are absolutely thankful for his guidance and patience’s under the horrible circumstances of the past two seasons. Even some of those who’ve took issue with him have either recanted or soften their indifference stance. Speaking specifically to one, Jordan Hill, he should be completely thankful for MDA given he’s the only HC in his 5 years in the NBA who gave him enough PT to shine like this.

    • 3339

      Kobe Bryant said he has no interest in playing for him.
      Pau Gasol has had many issues with him.
      Those two have done great things for the Lakers and their opinions mean much more than anyone elses. Kobe, one could argue is the best Laker ever.
      Jordan Hill just said he wouldn’t resign if put in this same situation again. so why would he thank dantoni?

      • Daryl Peek

        “Kobe Bryant said he has no interest in playing for him” False, he NEVER said that. All he said is he’s not sure if MDA has earned another season as Lakers HC and also said MDA has not gotten a fair shake. I always find it interesting how many read into part of a comment in projecting the ultimate meaning they wish it to be?

        Gasol and MDA don’t click. Most of that is personality conflict and MDA bares much of the blame for that, even tho he was forced last season as anyone who believes he should have sat Howard or featured Gasol over D12 is totally delusional.

        “Jordan Hill just said he wouldn’t resign if put in this same situation again.” Because in his 5 year NBA career no HC has given him this much PT, games started and he’s played in the most games of all the Lakers big’s even before others were injured. Hill owes some of his future contract increase to D’Antoni for that. The situation is one which he got the most out of his time under MDA period. Nothing wrong with wanting a bigger role but to say he had no role at all is to be ungrateful!

        • 3339

          so the sporting news report that said Kobe has no interest, and that many see as credible, is bs according to you?
          dantoni deserves all the blame for Pau. He never used Gasol right and even benched him rather than change his offense to use both Dwight and Pau. If Bynum and Pau could play together, Dwight and Pau could have and dantoni even admitted that at the end of last season. whoops.
          dantoni had the most ridiculous rotations for bigs this year. Hill and Kaman should’ve played much more than what they did.

          • Daryl Peek

            What I wrote about Kobe’s words on D’Antoni are directly from Kobe’s mouth via the Dan Patrick show, so yes, your Sporting news report is complete hog wash.

            Gasol bares some blame for the beef as Kobe’s big boy pants reference was directed at Pau. Kobe was absolutely angry with Pau for not adjusting his game to the coaching change…

            “Put your big-boy pants on,” Bryant said after the Lakers’ 113-103 loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday that dropped the team’s record to 8-9. “Just adjust. Just adjust. You can’t whine about it. You can’t complain about it.”

            “Pau has got to make some adjustments, obviously, to his game,” Bryant said. “He might not be posting up as much as he likes, but he just has to adjust.”

            “The reality is, I’ve adjusted, I’ve never run this many screen-rolls in my entire career. But I’ve worked on it. I’ve worked on handling the ball. I’ve worked on coming off of screens and making plays. I’m used to being in the post much, much more but you have to adjust.”

            “You have to master what it is that we’re trying to do here and Pau is talented enough and he’s good enough to be able to do that.”

            Again, too many want to put things in a vacume and leave out all of the details that make up the whole. I for one will never let that fly and all of the stuff I throw out there are again, direct source quotes from the horses mouth’s that can be easily remembered or found out there.

            So again, the misuse of the big’s is BS also.

          • 3339

            so dantoni is not at fault for anything right? he just gets a pass? You’re defending him like he’s the greatest coach alive. He has been an absolute disaster of a coach since Steve Nash made him look good in phoenix.

            I really hope he gets fired as soon as the game is over in san antonio on the 16th so we can actually start improving.
            I’m so sick of these debates and bullshit quotes about this guy. The Lakers looked stupid for kissing up to dwight howard the way they did and they look even worse by kissing dantonis ass when he clearly can’t handle the job.

          • Daryl Peek

            All I can do is SMH. You like many others cannot look at the truth and be real about it. I’m not defending MDA like he’s a great or bad HC. I just don’t line up with the sheep in agreeing with the BS the media feeds us.

            I’m so sick of the BS lies every conjures about team and franchise has been. There’s a side to the story and if you omit details to fit a biased narrative you prefer, you are engaging in a lie, period!

            I have no problem if the FO decides to part ways with MDA but I don’t nor will I ever subscribe to the FO bowing to pundit and fan pressure in running the Lakers. Dr. Buss never did that and he taught his children the same, and even left a directive in his will for them to follow as template example. Dr. Buss warned them of the coming mass IRE and told them to hunker down and ride the storm out. All I want is a FO willing to make moves they feel best for the team in accordance to their plan not others. GO LAKERS is the goal.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            D’antoni kept Hill benched back in his New York days…I’m okay with D’antoni, but he hasn’t played Hill enough. Sacre is complete trash…Thank Cupcake for signing him to a multi-year deal. Johnson has potential but he’s got no emotion, energy, and courage…he seems too mellow and laid back at times. Kaman has no defense, shoots almost every single time he touches the ball, and he’s always been a problem to his coaches. Gasol is just not the same at all…he has spurts where he plays well but that’s it, he lacks effort. Kelly is inconsistent and plays no D, but he’s been good for a rookie. Therefore, Hill deserves more minutes…at least a consistent amount of playing time. That’s what probably pissed him off. He can’t go from starter to DNP…or from 30 mins per game, to 11 mins per game. Simply not fair to a guy who brings toughness, energy, and much needed defense. He wants to play…you can tell by the way he’s improved his offensive game. He’s even developed a pretty solid mid range jumper…just to play in D’antoni’s system as a stretch 4.

            Secondly, Blake has always shown that he can be a leader. He always stepped up to the plate when players got hurt. He’s a veteran. Teams know his value. Teams know Jordan Hills value, they see his energy. Hill earned every minute he’s played. Teams know Nick Youngs value, he’s always been able to score. Players that should be grateful with D’antoni are Sacre, Kelly (two players that would’ve never stepped on the court if Phil was coach), Meeks (gives him freedom to shoot whenever, wherever), Marshall, Bazemore, Henry (has game…but injuries make him iffy)

          • Daryl Peek

            I can’t roll with Hill’s complaints when he’s never gotten this much burn from any other HC. Where is the humility? Hill is about to get paid because of MDA allowing him to be the guy when Gasol was recovering early on. Those minutes could’ve easily gone to Williams and Kaman. We can nit pick all day but someone was gonna come up short and Sacre was not getting burn before the team started to suffer all of the injuries. Once Sacre got his chance he showed defensively in hustle. What coach in any sport doesn’t reward that? Especially when others are not 100.

            Kelly plays no D?!? I think you’re confused with a rookie who’s been injured the last two seasons and most of his college career come to think of it, with a player who absolutely competes night in and night out on a team who’s sorry defensively. Keep in mind the rookie theme. Kelly has been asked to guard players like LeBron, Griffin, Aldridge, ETC… tell me who these type of players they don’t torch on a nightly? Other teams with solid vet defenders have to double them but Kelly is supposed to lock them down? Kelly has shown a great defensive intelligence and presence on the court and is growing in confidence every game. I love his ability to move his feey, take advantage of his quickness in getting steals from not only othe bigs but smaller players. How many tiomes have we seen Kelly block a shot in help D? How many charges have we witnessed Kelly draw rotating over as a PG got beat? Look at Kelly’s numbers defensively… solid in blocked shots and steals for a rookie.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            There’s different aspects of defense. effort, team defense, perimeter defense, help defense, one on one defense, etc. Kelly has good effort on D…which make him a good help defender (hence he blocks a shot), and taking charges. But on the perimeter or in the post he gets burned easily. On iso…same song. He has slow feet (especially laterally), he has slow reactions…he does have good positioning (which go hand in hand with the charges and high basketball iq you mentioned). IDK why he has been guarding them honestly, that’s a mistake by Rambis, D’antoni or whoever…just not smart. Johnson can’t really stop star players or slow them down with his length (we thought it’d be effective but it really hasn’t). Kelly got torched by Carmelo…Hill came in and made Melo go 1-5…picked up a block and steal along the way…Melo became more hesitent to shoot. Didn’t last long…Woodson benched Melo for a bit…D’antoni benched Hill, Melo came back in and torched Kelly again. It’s just some simple mistakes from D’antoni or Rambis that piss me off…They’re clear observations. They should be able to adapt a little. I’m not a fan of D’antoni but I understand or at least try to understand both sides. I’d never blame this season on him…just like one would never praise him and only him if the Lakers won the championship.

            Hill took less money to come to the Lakers…He wasn’t made by D’antoni. He made himself by giving it everything he had. He turned down offers ranging from $6-9 per year with way more playing time…to play with the Lakers. Because the Lakers gave him the opportunity. Now….he comes in balling into the season..had like a two week stretch averaging 15-20 PPG and 10-15 RPG…dude gets hurt or is a little tired. He’s benched and has to watch Sacre play for the next weeks? That’s not right. . . Sacre has no future. He tries and whatever but lets be realistic. He just has no basketball fundamentals, idk what D’antoni was smoking on when he said that Sacre “has everything”
            His positioning is trash, He looks completely lost out in the floor. The Lakers are playing 4 against 6 when Sacre is out there….that dude guards himself.

            I just think Cupcake controls who D’antoni puts out to play…There’s no reason to play Sacre…but Cupcakes mistake has to be undone..so he’s gotta have playing time to improve and increase his trade value

          • Daryl Peek

            Again Kelly is a rookie who’s had limited PT his entire college career. Kelly is also weak in his upper body as James Worthy often points out. Kelly cannot stand up to the Physical beast he’s been asked to defend this season. No one can truthfully as they all are league leaders offensively for a reason. Johnson is a solid defender but lacks the mental toughness to be consistent for some reason. Johnson hass all of the tools to be Shawn Marion, and that is what MDA see’s but I feel MDA is gonna continue to be disappointed as Wes just doesn’t have the fire in his belly the Matrix had.

            Mello torched Kelly? Mello is the second leading scorer in the NBA and there’s no one on the Lakers who can stop him when he’s on. Hill often makes bad offensive plays and get torched himself defensively. I’ve watched him countlessly get abused in the post.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            If you mean abused as getting dunked on…then yes, Hill has gotten dunked on. As he contests shots. Something most Lakers don’t do. Hill has made bad offensive plays (one handed overhand pass that results in a easy steal)…but, one must look at the entire play when that happens. Hill is running back (a PF/C)…the PG Marshall (whose game has dropped big time) passes it to the running Hill near the 3pt line…it’s something you can’t do! a PG cannot do those passes. Another time that has happened…Hill sets a screen for Marshall…he doesn’t use it. he drops the ball off to Hill. Hill is now stranded at the 3pt line…with Swappy P waiting for the ball near the corner 3, and Marshall running away from Hill. That’s setting up your player to fail. You need to know players strengths and weaknesses…Hill isn’t going to dribble and drive in from the 3, or shoot a 3! Marshall needs to do the pick and roll with Hill, or Swaggy P needs to come to Hill, get the ball and use him as a screen.

            I’ve lost hope for Johnson…I was excited for him as he has great assets but his confidence is soo low. He’s like that timid inconsistent Odom we had a for a while…Johnson needs to find that passion and heart

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Offensively Kelly is good…He’s got some pretty good potential. He’s just gotta put in more work. He can honestly be the next Brian Cook…or the next Gasol/Ryan Anderson/Chris Bosh type player. He’s in control of his future. Hopefully he can bulk up a little, improve his defense, and improve his post game.

          • Daryl Peek

            I see Kelly as a better defender than he is offensively. Especially in the offensive role MDA plays him in. Kelly is not a confident stretch 4 as his jumper is too low in trajectory to be consistently effective on this level. This is why he pump fakes so ofter. Kelly is great on the move and can actually create his own shot. Fundamentally is where I see him as more advanced defensively. Bulking up is key for him.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            His basketball IQ helps his team defense…When he’s alone..he’s in trouble. Offensively he’s pretty good in my opinion. He’s got a flat jumper but if it works…that’s all that matters. It shouldn’t be his go to though…He should focus on bulking and becoming a threat down low. He’s able to dribble pretty well too. His footwork is also very respectable for a big. Once he bulks up, things should become easier for him. He should pattern his game after Bosh…he’s not very bulky, yet he has a nice jump shot, decent post moves, and is okay defensively..he can hold his ground. When Kelly is alone…he lets the jumper fly, but if a defender is near…he will use that pump fake. He over uses

          • Daryl Peek

            He’s asked to be a stretch 4 in this offense and he does a decent job of it. I’ve seen him do a better job in the post tho even with his weak upper body. His quickness is what helps him in that. Couple that with his face up game that is very underrated. How many fast break dunks or face up drives to the basket have we seen out of him lately? He’s even showing a decent floater or free thrown line jumper off the dribble lately. In games he scored over 15 points this season he’s gotten said points mainly off inside or mid range scoring not three point shots. His defense is very underrated as he often stands out in both individual plays getting steals or knuckling up but will be over powered or out foxed as he is still a rookie competing against the elite of the NBA. You can’t judge him on that. It’s not like he was a high first round pick. Kelly is performing on the same level as some of the higer pick rookie big’s this season so the Lakers got value in drafting him and MDA is absolutely right for trying to develop him this season.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            Not judging him on being a rookie. I’ve said he’s pretty good for a rookie. He just has to improve in multiple areas. He can either be Bosh, Channing Frye, or Brian Cook…It is up to him, You shouldn’t stop developing other areas of your game because you’re asked to be a stretch 4. He needs to bulk up, or else he wont get as much playing time after this season (if D’antoni leaves)

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed on bulking up. That’s the one thing I believe he truly needs to do. I think his b-ball IQ coupled with the underrated inherit skills he has will show regardless.

          • hookedonnews

            Hill was a rookie and was in NY like 5 minutes.

          • 3339

            The truth is that this team sucks, one of the worst in Lakers history, and changes must be made starting at the top with coaching.
            I never saw any progress under dantoni

      • Spitfire

        But mitch has said he has no choice. Hahaha! Fools!

        • independentbynature

          Hypocrite troll….

    • Lakers Fan

      With as many injuries as we have had, we had no choice but to play some of these players. It just so happened they fit right into the system that MDA has in place. Having no choice but to play + being in a system like MDA’s can make anybody look good, a la Kendall Marshall. Most of them would be in the D-League if we didn’t have so many injuries and needed players. If Kobe was healthy and we had a starter worthy SF, these wing players wouldn’t get as many minutes(if any at all) as they have gotten. Their stats are benefits of having to play more minutes and being more relied on. I want Jodie back on the team because he has improved immensely, and I don’t think it has anything to do with MDA. It’s just the fact of being in a position where you are getting a load of minutes and taking advantage of the opportunity, which every breakout player on the team has done. MDA is a developmental/assistant coach in a head coaching position. As for Jordan Hill, he came on the map before MDA got here. Lets not forget his performance against OKC in that last game of the 2011-2012 season. And his performance in the playoffs that same year. Stop trying to defend MDA. You’re talking about a coach who gives Sacre more PT than Hill. If Pau hadn’t of gotten sick, Hill would still be buried on the bench, like he has been majority of the season. Yea we have been ridiculed with injuries, but MDA has horribly handled this team for the last two years. There is no justifying.

      • Daryl Peek

        “I don’t think it has anything to do with MDA.”

        Yet if you ask Jodie, Sacre, Kelly, Bazemore, Farmar, ETC.. and most importantly Steve Blake, it is MDA who has allowed them to become seen as viable NBA players other team now covet. Many of them came to the Lakers and directly spoke on excitement in playing for MDA in his system.

        You’re absolutely right about having to play some of these players but let us not forget the deep rotations the team ran when injuries were not as big of a problem. The bench mob was out performing the starters (Gasol and Nash mainly) who were still recovering from injury. Hill lost Pt because he ran out of gas when given starters minutes early on and got injured. Most ignore this fact and jump directly to the blame MDA campaign. It’s a proven fact that Gasol and Kaman don’t perform as well as the big next to a more athletic 4, yet most cry about why can’t Kaman and Gasol play together. Kaman ran into the same problem in Dallas and NO, and was cut by the Clippers due to it also. But MDA is foul for seeing the same thing that three other coaches do?

        “Yea we have been ridiculed with injuries, but MDA has horribly handled this team for the last two years.” As Nash Phil Jackson and many others have said recently… Jesus couldn’t save these Lakers. If you can make a statement like that? “but MDA has horribly handled this team for the last two years. There is no justifying.” That quote holds absolutely no validity.

        • Lakers Fan

          I was never one that said Kaman and Gasol should play together. I just wanted Kaman to get PT as the backup Center because he can produce. When Hill ran out of gas, it was largely due to MDA playing him a ton of minutes. That’s what he do. He plays you til you run out of gas then he benches you. I was the one vying for Kelly to get minutes early on in the season, and during the time Hill was playing lights out as a starter Shawne Williams was his backup. Kelly has proved why he should have been playing during that time, because it would have warranted Hill with the rest he needed. Those bench players were outperforming the starters because we had none outside Gasol. They had to carry the load or we would have possibly been the worst team in basketball this year. Yet again, that comes with having no choice but to play and produce. Also lets not forget that most of these players are on 1-yr contracts and are playing for their NBA lives. And all of them missed a handful of games due to injury, which could be due to having to play too many minutes.

          As for those players you mentioned, those players are products of his system, except Sacre. A system that requires shooters, a stretch 4, a point guard, and players that can run are ideal to any of those players. Like I said, MDA is great at developing players, but that’s where it stops. MDA couldn’t make Pau and Dwight work until it was too late, he benched Pau two games into his head coaching tenure, he misused a number of players last and this year, he overplayed Kobe, and has done a host of other things. As I said, he has horribly handled these last two years, injuries or not.

          • Daryl Peek

            Again, you’re trying to have it both ways? MDA plays Hill too many minutes but Hill is not in a large enough role?!? Again, Kaman has been in this kinda dog house dating all the way back to his Clipper days so he has no grounds to complain about Pt and has retracted his earlier standoffish foot in mouth stance, understanding he created that.

            Again, it matters not who MDA played because he was given a short handed deck in talent to boot. He had no choice to play these guys heavy minutes but I contend even that is misinformation as many complained about not getting enough PT when the rotations were deep. Gasol, griped about it when Hill was getting mass minutes as Pau was recovering from off-season surgery. Hill enjoyed his early success and smelled his own piss believing he earned the right to garner more of a role, naturally. There’s no situation where Hill would cannibalize a healthy Gasol’s PT. Hill is the one big who showed he could play decent next to Pau and that is why he has played in, started more games averaged more MPG than all of the big’s except Pau. Again stop trying to compartmentalize the big picture because I keep all of the little details in accordance with what actually happened. Sacre is the long big that we all know is absolutely coming back next season and both MDA and the FO want to see what he has and can do for the team. Kaman understands this and has said as much recently. If he can be the bigger man in speaking against his own PT seeing the truth why can’t fans accept the truth?

          • Lakers Fan

            I was referring to why Hill ran out of gas. I never said his role should diminish, which unfortunately it did. Just because I say a player should get rest, that don’t mean that he should be treated the way Hill was treated a majority of this season regarding his role and minutes.

          • Daryl Peek

            How was he treated when MDA gave him more of a role, games played and PT than all but Gasol? This is the flaw in yours and most’s complaints.

        • independentbynature

          And Jesus can save anyone,Daryl.Even you.

          • Daryl Peek

            He’s already with me so I’m good.

          • independentbynature

            Amen.

      • Spitfire

        LMAO. You answered your complaints aboit MDA. His players are what???? D-leaguers, and you expect them to be very good?’ Now i am done with you. LMFAO

        • independentbynature

          You are a troll.

    • independentbynature

      He did bury him on the bench until all the other bigs were injured,Daryl.

      • Daryl Peek

        How so when Hill has played in more games than all of the Big’s? This was the case before Gasol was injured. Y’all need to get your facts straight and stop regurgitating misinformation that blurs the truth to feed the mob.

        • independentbynature

          There were long stretches during the season when Hill rode the pine.Only Antoni knows why.Same with Kaman.You need to get off your soap box.Your opinion is not the holy grail,Daryl.Stop touting yourself as the expert and everyone else as “The mob.”There’s a reason your opinions are always in the distinct minority and it has nothing to do with you being “The Expert”on basketball.Underdog complex,maybe?You seem to have a penchant for defending incompetence with excuse after excuse.

          • Daryl Peek

            Hill has missed 10 out of 79 games this season. He’s played the most minutes of all big’s not named Gasol. Several of those games he missed were due to injury which he is still playing through right now. Where are the long stretches you speak of? LMBO

          • independentbynature

            Don’t laugh too hard.You still need something to sit on and something to talk out of,Daryl.

          • Daryl Peek

            If my stench is the stink of truth, I’ll continue to speak out of the backside.

          • independentbynature

            Just tone down the condescending attitude some.Lots of the commenters here you are disagreeing with are very knowledgeable fans.They are not “the mob.”

          • Daryl Peek

            Condescending, hmm? I can say it in the nicest way but If it’s not fire D’Antoni I get condescending in return. Perfect example is the Blake over Marshall debate. I simply said there’s no way Marshall should start over Blake or Nash if they are healthy and all hell broke out as folks called me this and that kind of hater. I’m simply state a fact and the debate gets heated with daggers flying my direction most of the time. I often try to diffuse with we’ll agree to disagree but that’s not enough for many.

          • independentbynature

            Daryl,”The mob” and calling everyone liars is not condescending?It sure isn’t the nicest way.I completely agree with you about Marshall.That shouldn’t even be a debate.You’re taking attacks on Antoni personal,like it’s you.Just chill out.It’s not up to any of us anyway.I just don’t want to go through another season like this one.Agree to disagree is good enough for me.And we do disagree on Antoni and Jimmy Buss,too.Good night.And I do apologize for when I get personal,too.

          • Daryl Peek

            Good enough for me too.

          • independentbynature

            Hill is playing a lot of minutes lately due to injuries and is still only averaging 20 min/gm.Earlier in the season,he might have got into the game,but a lot of the time,it was only for a few minutes.Some games,he would sit out the whole 2nd half.Shawne Williams should never have gotten his minutes.Hill was leading the league in offensive rebounding %.Why do you think he said he won’t play for Antoni ?It’s pointless to argue with you.I know that.Just stop the BS like there’s no basis for everyone else’s opinion.Your excuses are just your opinion.Nothing more.And nothing to be insulting everyone who disagrees with you about it.Which is almost everyone.

          • Daryl Peek

            I don’t even need to look up his month to month minutes to tell you Hill has gotten ample PT all season. Again, a stretch 4 is what MDA would rather run but Hill has played more minutes next to another big than any on this team.

            I could care less about having the popular stance. I will continue to have a view of telling the whole truth. If someone is offended by that, that’s on them. I don’t attack others on this site. I point out the truth of matters and get venom in return and I’m no saint in the matters either. I’ll spit when spit at.

          • independentbynature

            Now,Daryl.You know you’re supposed to turn the other cheek.LOL.

          • Daryl Peek

            LOL

        • independentbynature

          “Y’all”?You’re even starting to talk like Antoni,Daryl.

        • NotSoAnonymous

          And it was the case before D’antoni…Hill earned his minutes. D’antoni has reluctantly given him more as the injuries piled up. I bet you anything that if the Lakers had a healthy Gasol…and they kept shawn Williams..D’antoni would have Gasol, Williams, Sacre, Kelly, Hill, Kaman…when people know that Hill deserves more playing time than at least 3 of the bigs i mentioned. No player would enjoy starting one game…and coming off the bench the next. then getting 30 minutes per game…and 11 the next. Or even getting a DNP and watching Sacre play!! wth is that? When Sacre plays more minutes than Hill…you know…you start to smell something…smells like some bs to me.

          • Daryl Peek

            Again Hill has missed 10 of 79 games this season and has played more MPG than any big other than Gasol. There is no stretch of DNP’s coaches decision given that coupled with Hill’s games missed due to injury. This so called abuse y’all talk of is a physical impossibility by the actual 48 MPG allocated through 79 games.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            He has played in more games because 1)shawn williams was let go 2)kaman caused problems 3)Gasol has been injured . . .If it was up to D’antoni, he would not play Hill. He wants stretch 4′s or a big who can at least hit the mid range jumper. Due to injuries and Hill’s work ethic…D’antoni has been forced to use Hill..Even then, there was a time where D’antoni heavily favored Johnson (who has been pretty pathetic), Kelly (has potential so idm), Sacre (once again, he has no future in the NBA), and Gasol. Hill is pretty consistent and is the only big the Lakers have that can rebound at both ends, it’s an idiotic move to have Johnson, Kelly, and Sacre in front of him. Consistency is what most players want when it comes to their roles. Hill would’ve never spoken up if D’antoni kept some type of consistency when it came to rotations. I know injuries were a mess, but you try to keep the player roles and rotations as similar as possible.

          • Daryl Peek

            The problem with your assertion on MDA and Hill’s PT is the beginning of the season when Hill was the first big off the bench leading up to starter minutes. This was when all four big’s were available and Williams was on roster. Again, Hill has only been out of 10 games all season and has the most minutes of all the big’s but Gasol. Kelly didn’t start getting minutes til Williams was cut and many of his minutes were played at SF also. Williams was released in late December. Hill was playing major minutes well before that. Hill suffered his injury in late February right before the string of games missed and he is still playing through that injury.

            There’s no way to keep the rotations the same when players are in and out of practice all of the time. PT is dependent on practice especially with players who aren’t veteran staples that have been playing together for years. Blake, Kobe, Gasol and Nash were the only players on roster who could garner consistent minutes regardless of practice time and still be effective. You can only keep bench and role players roles consistent when you have a consistent starting line up and that was not possible all season.

  • Jim213

    Per Mitch Lawrence (NY Daily News), Lakers are looking for a ‘peaceful’ way to part ways with ex-Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. However, one issue is that FO doesn’t want to have to fire him, as they’d prefer a “best case scenario.” Which can be having another team ask for permission to hire Mike.

    • independentbynature

      I don’t think any teams will be lining up to hire him after the Knicks and Lakers fiasco.

      • Jim213

        He’ll get another shot IMO but there’s his alma mater too.

    • Spitfire

      that rumor came from New York news and obviously they have an issue with MDA that is so baseless. And most of the Lakers fans now are becoming like tye Knicks fan. Smdh

      • Jim213

        Knick fans have the right to complain. Four decades since they’ve won a title it’s been sometime (decade+) since they were relevant while hearing the false hope from FO. But unless Phil manages to land Lebron it’ll take some time to rebuild a consistent team for the future. For the Lakers best to address bad direction’s to prevent a longer state of mediocrity down the line.

  • Daryl Peek

    I see many are slurping over the ML report of MDA and the Lakers looking for separation. The article I read is nothing but more, pure speculation based off current affair rumors. Nothing new (and truthful) has been introduced in that article at all. Time will tell on what the FO does with MDA going forward. In the meantime “Stay thirsty my friends”

    • Daryl Peek

      D’Antoni fired

    • Jim213

      Just throwing it out there, 2/3 of the masses need to hear something positive. But time will tell. #dpshating

    • Mista Propa

      Daryl what in the hell???Are you on the D’Antoni pay roll?186-253.Peace!

      • Daryl Peek

        Another stroll to troll I see? Read and understand the context of what I’m saying. I don’t follow. anything I say that doesn’t begin and end with (Sheep mentality) fire D’antoni is seen as a threat to the Lynch Mob Matrix.

        • Mista Propa

          You’re the only sheep left by you’re lonesome on here.STOP IT!186-253 is life after Phoenix Suns MVP Nash.

  • 3339

    what is Jodie Meeks known for? Shooting 3s
    What does dantoni love? Players that shoot 3s
    Not surprised at these comments. They mean nothing.

    • Daryl Peek

      Meeks is the most improved Laker on roster and arguably in the NBA. Under MDA he’s improved on all other facets of his game as his three point shooting is the same.

      To say not surprised at the comments is understandable but the meaning is huge, as Meeks is now seen as more of an all around player now, due in part to MDA’s patience’s with him. Many Lakers fans and pundits were calling for Meeks to be cut after last season.

      • Chrmngblly

        DP, we sheep object to MDA’s pattern over many seasons and teams of never having any defense with any of them. I don’t hate the guy, I just think the team ought to move in a new direction with a clean fresh start. It is time to move on. Remember to flush!

        • Daryl Peek

          Again, I not opposed to the FO making that call if that’s what they feel is necessary and have another coach in mind as the plan, but I cannot condone fan and pundit pressure as the reason why. The Sheep should never be a consideration on those kind of matters, myself included.

          • Chrmngblly

            Thank you for capitalizing Sheep, as you should, out of respect. What do you mean by “myself included.”? Do you feel like you want to join us sheep, suddenly? Or are you seeing yourself as more of a shepherd-type, overseeing the flock for the Busses?

      • Josh

        I was one of those fans who wanted Meeks gone. But his game is so much more complete and he actually looks like an NBA player now. Now I want the Lakers to resign him this summer. I don’t care what they do with MDA, but he really has done a good job with some of these younger/unproven players.

  • Aditya Sriram

    FIRE MIKE DANTONi LAKERS

  • Mista Propa

    Mike D’Antoni is a nice guy that must be fired because he is a terrible coach.

    • Sylvia Ross

      I don’t even think he is a nice guy. I will never forget when he said if we don’t like what he’s doing find another team to support . dantoni, is an A-HOLE.

  • Kb24

    DUH 33min and cant even reach 20 how much more if KOBE’s BACKUP please……TRADE MKS AND MARSHALL FOR RIGHTS OF EXUM OR ENNIS OR EVEN NAPIER OR WCS

  • Mista Propa

    Ya man a poster on Lakers Nation a couple days ago gave the Mike D’Antoni record from his stints in New York and LA and it is 186-253 that is terrible and not Lakers material.MDA must be accountable for the last 6 years on his coaching resume.Yes Jodie Meeks can go elsewhere if he has a problem with the new coach coming in.Actually Meeks can follow D’Antoni to his next job lol he might never get another job ha ha ha.

    • Danny E. Pagan

      He was the coach of the Knicks when all the Knicks were trying to do was fix the mess Isiah Thomas had created. If you look at the amount of moves the Knicks did during his tenure there it was insane! They were trading guys left and right trying to clear cap space so they could land Lebron. They ended up with Amar’e and they had a nice year with him playing at a MVP level but then the next year when they were really up to something they traded half the team for Melo and ended up with a bunch of scrubs, Melo and Amare quickly flamed out in the 1st rd of the playoffs. Then on his final year they got Chandler but injuries to the 3 big guns messed up the 1st quarter of the season. MDA rolled the dice with Lin, Linsanity happened, they won something like 11 out of 13 games with Lin being the catalyst but when Stat, Chandler, and Carmelo were all back from injury they didn’t want to play 2nd fiddle to Linsanity and Carmelo specifically complained to the media about how he didn’t like the lack of touches now that Lin was running things – despite the fact that they were winning with Linsanity in full effect. Just a few days after Carmelo complained to the media and with rumors of Carmelo requesting MDA be fired the news came out that MDA had “resigned”. Woodson then stepped in as HC and he quickly reverted back to the iso centric offensive Melo wanted and shut down Linsanity. Yes MDA is stubborn but at least he has the cojones to play productive low salary players over selfish stars. Woodson on the other hand had become a respected coach in Atlanta but his rep might now be tarnished beyond repair. He let the stars get away with not playing defense and taking bad shots all season long but reprimanded role players left and right for the same offenses. He lost the locker room because of it and will be fired for sure at the end of the season. MDA was failed by the Knicks FO by all those cap saving moves, crazy trades, and caving to Melo’s selfish demands. He is not the only one though. Lenny Wilkens and Larry Brown quickly come to mind as other guys who had no chance due to the BS moves by FO. It’s been really hard for any NY coach during the past 10 years to establish any kind of consistency when the FO is constantly making completely retarded basketball moves.

  • PlayerHaters

    HASNT THERE ALREADY BEEN AN ARTICLE ABOUT THIS???
    HAVENT WE ALREADY HEARD FROM JODIE MEEKS??
    Why is this being repeated?

    Find out on the next episode of DragonBall Z….

  • independentbynature

    I guess Jodie does love it.He can jack up all the 3s he wants and not hear a word about it because everyone else is,too.And no worries about playing defense,either.

  • Daryl Peek

    Lets get this straight and stop all of the lying madness! Gasol is the feature big on this Lakers team and should play about 35 minutes a game when healthy. That leaves 13 minutes for a back up center. Kaman is on record telling MDA he did not want that small of a role. That being said Kaman has played in the least amount of games (39 at 19 MPG) this season in accordance to his request to MDA.

    Jordan Hill has played in the most games of all the big’s, 69 out of 79 at 21 MPG. All career highs for him. Of the ten games he did not play in he missed many due to injury. Somebody tell me how he was buried on the bench please? He played next to Gasol, Kaman and Sacre this season and has played the most next to Gasol than anyone. Again, How has he been mistreated by MDA and buried on the bench?

    Gasol has gotten all of the burn his heart desires this season and any lack of low post touches is on him completely as Kobe has stated both this season and last… “Just get your but down there and work!!” –Kobe
    Gasol has played in 60 games averaging 31.4 MPG, a career low for MPG so the over use by MDA is complete BS!! Keep in mind MDA eased Pau back into the starters minutes rotation early on and Pau complained about it. Pau looking in the mirror is why he backed off that in a statement in December as he was purposely slacking off at the time. Again, how did MDA misuse or over work him?

    Sacre is the only big on roster who is under contract to return next season therefore the FO is vested in him. If you think the HC is not responsible to see what he has in a player like that you’re stuck on stupid! Robert has played in 60 of 79 games averaging 16 MPG, the lowest of all the big’s. How is he been thrust in front of anyone as an evil plan to bench other given all of the aforementioned of the others and his lowest MPG stance? Sacre has contested all season he’s just staying ready trying to get in where he fits in, and that is exactly what his role has been all season.

    The nefarious plotting most cast on MDA as his aversion in trying to frustrate certain big’s is comical to me as I reflect on all that has transpired all season in time index context. Nothing about how PT has been distributed supports this. Are there personality conflicts at play here? Absolutely but from the beginning of the season MDA and the FO proclaimed this a season of discovery as there was not much expectation of this group. They overachieved early on and it was doing so playing MDA small skilled ball as the bench mob was on tilt as the best in the NBA. If you remember that was our biggest weakness last season. Injuries skewed the whole scene and losing creates an atmosphere of finger pointing on every level of competitive sports. The problem with that is how the details are lost in the search for a scapegoat. Yes someone usually has to pay the price and the target is clearly defined. That does not make it truth in translation as many have their pitchforks out like an olden days McCarthyism/biblical witch hunt.

    • independentbynature

      The “lying madness” won’t stop until you stop posting,Daryl.You’re becoming a whining crybaby.You’ve gone way beyond agreeing to disagree.You are letting your emotions run away from you.Are you applying for the job of Antoni’s agent?I thought you were already working PR for Jimmy Buss.What are you going to do if even Jimmy disagrees with you?Which way will you go?I used to think your commentary was intelligent,even when I disagreed with it.I used to.You act like you have a personal axe to grind with the whole Lakers Nation.Your opinion has no preeminence above ours.In fact,it’s becoming extraordinarily emotional and illogical.You must be masking an inferiority complex to be so arrogant.Get a hold of yourself.

      • Daryl Peek

        I don’t claim my view to have anymore preeminence above anyone. I choose to put the facts out as they have all occurred. If I’m lying then tell it. I’m also on record saying I’m good with the FO moving on from MDA. People get it twisted. I’m not defending D’Antoni, I’m just refuting the misinformation with truth and facts, that’s all. People say this and that about how MDA has done this or that but omit the details all of the time to try and make it fit their narrative of getting a man fired from his job. What part of life is that when you hang someone publicly like that with false info? Scapegoat is the only way you can truly view MDA’s tenure as Lakers HC as he never stood a chance from day one as Phil was the popular choice.

        I have complete hold of mine. How am I the one who’s arrogant when other are calling for the aforementioned?

        • independentbynature

          What you call “truth and facts,”we call lame excuses.Don’t know how you can say you’re not defending Antoni.Come on,Daryl.Get real on that one at least.Referring to those you disagree with as “The mob” is not arrogant?You really want to stick with that?You don’t think you’re getting a little carried away?Everyone else is a liar and you’re the only purveyor of truth?It’s just your opinion.Nothing more.

          • Daryl Peek

            Is it not a mob mentality that has most spewing the venom calling for the head of another man in this circumstance? Randy Pfund had a worse two year tenure as Lakers HC and didn’t receive this kind of treatment. Steve Blake got death threats after missing an almost impossible three point shot against OKC when he had previously hit a game winning shot against the Nuggets in the same playoffs. Coining the mob mentality may in fact be a bit harsh but it absolutely fits the description of those screaming for MDA’s head with the pure venom they do. Am I the sole purveyor of truth? No, but this is why I entertain the debate and will openly admit if proven wrong as I have a occasion. I don’t think of myself like that but much of what I debate is in fact the truth of the matters. There isn’t a fact on the lets get this straight statement that’s not something that hasen’t happened this season, so be angered at how I present it if you will. And if you think I’m being arrogant in saying that, so be it. I gotta do me just as you gotta do you.

      • Spitfire

        You are a troll

        • independentbynature

          Bite me………

  • Truth

    Meeks like playing for Dantoni and everyone else does too? Really meeks are you from a different planet????? When dantoni gets fired go with his ass!!!! Too soft and really not that good.

  • purp& goldpride

    Meeks has played well, but if we’re going off of his opinion about dantoni we’re in trouble. No one over 6’8 enjoys playing for antoni. Jodie likes jacking up 3s with little to no defense being played. I’m sure a 35 yo Kobe would thoroughly enjoy playing uptempo style bball(sarcasm)

  • Keshawn Anthony

    this dude finally get play time and he thinks he great coach …i got news for him he might think he a great coach and all but a coach can bring wins with out his star players most of the time..u get your play time and u good if i was the coach i have you come of the bench … be a spark becuz it shows having you in the starting line up we haven’t build a win streak with u in it sooo yeah

    • Josh

      Like when Greg Popovich coached the Spurs to 17-47 and the #1 overall pick when David Robinson was hurt? Definitely, great coaches win even without their best player. If you’ll notice, the Spurs didn’t fire the coach because of a poor record in a lost season. Instead they drafted Duncan, got Robinson back, and won the title two years later.

  • JK_Lakeshow

    D’Antoni has a track record of losing, the fact that his “system”
    doesn’t work is not a revelation. The Knicks had one of their worst
    seasons under him and if it weren’t for the unearthing of Linsanity
    covering for his botched tenure with the Knicks, I doubt he would be
    coaching the Lakers or any other team. I’m aware he had a few good
    seasons with the Suns before coaching the Knicks it’s what all his
    apologists incessantly bring up when faced with facts. This success
    should mostly be acredited to Nash and his dominating displays on the
    offensive end game after game. On the other hand all that dependancy on
    him has left him battered, beaten and shortened his career.

    I
    think Phil had the right idea in coaching the Lakers who have a
    tradition of not only winning but having a big team. He brought in
    big/long players even at the 1/2 positions. He personally consulted with
    management to bring the right players for his triangle system and built
    around his star player, Kobe.
    As cliche as it may be D wins
    championships in the NBA. all teams of recent memory who won
    championships were solid defensively with the Mavs being the only truly
    offensive team that was able to just outshout teams.

    I really
    believe Coach D’Antoni had a championship caliber squad last season with
    Gasol, Howard, Nash, Kobe, Jamison, Hill and some decent backups as
    well. Now I know Kobe’s injury was huge and we’ve had injuries this
    season too but is it really just bad luck? I don’t believe so. Pop for
    the Spurs has done a great job managing minutes and having a proper
    system that doesn’t wear an already aging team down at the heels. He’s
    been resting a majority of his aging starters and still winning games.
    What’s the reason for D’Antoni playing Kobe 40 minutes in his first game
    back from a serious Achilles injury? This wasn’t even a playoff game
    and I still have to scratch my head at that decision.

    I won’t
    deny I was open to the idea of playing smaller and a more exciting brand
    of basketball but this was not the time to do it. We still had Kobe we
    had Gasol we had some decent bigs and we brought in an experienced PG-
    Management should have been smarter about things and had a plan in place
    for short and long term. We jumped the gun hiring D’Antoni, too many
    careless decisions have put us in a position that is almost beyond
    repair. It’s going to take bringing in one the premier talents currently
    in the league to have any chance of turning things around and I’m
    talking like a top 5 player currently.

    • Josh

      Keep scratching your head, because Kobe only played 28 minutes in that first game back. He averaged a little under 30 minutes per game over those 6 games.

  • Lakers4Life

    Buhbye Dumbtoni! We’re all glad to see you out of Lakerland haha!

  • hookedonnews

    Well, that certainly doesn’t fit the fan narrative now does it?–”D’Antoni has lost the locker room, etc.” I hope when the FO makes the decision whether or not to fire MDA they don’t make it based on the opinions of fans because I’ve never seen such misdirected hatred and contempt directed at a coach.

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