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Lakers News: Jordan Farmar Chimes In On D’Antoni’s Coaching

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When he first got hired as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, not many believed Mike D’Antoni could find success with this franchise. However, fast forward about a year and D’Antoni is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

With no Kobe Bryant and having Steve Nash for only a few games this season, D’Antoni has led the Lakers to an 8-8 record and has them competitive in the Western Conference. The new and returning Lakers players are playing well under D’Antoni and there seems to be great chemistry between the two parties.

Point guard Jordan Farmar spoke to the Los Angeles Times about D’Antoni and how the coach has done so far this season.

“He’s done great,” Jordan Farmar said of D’Antoni. “He’s bringing us all together as a team and making us believe in each other and the system and how we’re going to win. I think he’s managing personalities really well and the team on the court too.

“Even little things like time-out plays he draws. He does a really good job of reading what the defense is doing and we take advantage of it.”

Farmar has played well in his second stint with the Lakers and it is clear that the coach gives him the freedom to run the offense. D’Antoni needs an athletic guard like Farmar in his system and the team as a whole is beginning to shine under his guidance.

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  • Rob

    well done MDA, i wish this can keep up..

  • Gregory Choa

    Yes, all these young guys are developing nicely under Mike D’Antoni – almost to the point where it has become an embarrassment of riches, with too many guys deserving of minutes and not enough minutes to go around, especially with Kobe and Nash coming back…not exactly sure what’s going to give when that happens other than perhaps seeing both Kaman and Henry take a seat at the end of the Lakers bench.

    Anyway, it’s good to see MDA start getting the praise and recognition he deserves.

    • savi

      kaman and henry can’t go to end of the bench!!! This team needs every piece, they can have. An off day by pau will need Kaman to step up and I ve observed that if someday Nick doesn’t gets fired then it’s henry time.

      • Gregory Choa

        Savi, when Kobe and Nash come back, there is NO WAY D’Antoni can effectively rotate 12 players…not gonna happen, and something will have to give. IMO, Kaman & Henry are the odd men out. I totally understand the purpose that these two pieces serve, but Williams is a better fit for this system than Kaman, and Wes, Nick, and Jodie are all better wing players right now than Henry.

        As deep as the Lakers are, and as well as all these guys have been playing in MDA’s “mad scientist” rotations, consistency has been one of this team’s problems – which is understandable, given the absences of Kobe and Nash – and consistency is in large part a function of regularity and flow with respect to the distribution of minutes and playing time. For the team to achieve this delicate balance, especially upon Kobe’s return, D’Antoni HAS TO shorten his bench and solidify his rotations – this can’t be done with 12 players in the mix.

        • Joseph Apohen

          It’s a nice problem to have. I love this team. They are exciting and MDA had the opportunity from day one to mold this guys to his system and it is working. I always said from the beginning that I think this team will surprise. The players believe in the system and believe in themselves and their confidence shows. I don’t even think they miss Nash. Kobe yes as they need an experience closer to stabilize the team at closing time.

      • rr

        you have a point

  • Daryl Peek

    I’ll try to keep it positive but I can’t help but gloat a bit. I took a beating for defending D’Antoni this summer. Still much work to do for this team going forward but many players like MDA and his coaching style as I’ve tried to tell many like 3339 all summer.

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

      Yeah, confirm on that Daryl.. I have had heated discussion with 3339 about this as well…is it a coincidence than 3339 has not been seen of late? I am sure he’s going to surface once Lakers starts losing.

      • Daryl Peek

        I’m sure he’s lurking also LOL

  • LakersHeatBeef

    MDA it never it ends keep coaching,teaching,Kurt Rambis has helped the defense.

    • Danny E. Pagan

      Kurt Rambis and don’t forget having more athletic guys have helped the d

  • Danny E. Pagan

    well this article is a breath of fresh air, I think he has done a helluva job this season. The Houston game in particular where he employed Hack a Dwight, drew up the play that ended up with Blake’s 3 in Dwight’s face, and put Kaman to guard the inbound pass which led to a deflection and the win was the game that told me this guy deserves some credit here.

    Also theres about 5 guys having career years, this team is fun to watch it just sucks that players are gonna make some money after this year and the team is not going to be able to keep em like Earl Clark who flourished last year and now is making more money in Cleveland. Kobe’s contract was great cuz well your keeping Kobe but it will really hurt their chances in keeping guys like Wes Johnson and Nick Young i bet.

    • Joseph Apohen

      I believe Nick Young has a guaranteed contract so do Blake and Nash. Wesley must be kept based on his explosiveness and defense. Jordan Farmar is showing what he can do and he’s shown it well. He too should be kept as the backup guard whomever the Lakers eventuallly get.

  • Martin Susman

    I like Jordan & I think he needs to stay & be resigned as the bench point guard. As far as his statement about Mike, what did you expect, say anything else & he would warm the bench rather then play…

    • hookedonnews

      So Farmar is lying? One of the reasons he came back to the Lakers for a lot less money was because he wanted to play for D’Antoni. Most players who have played for MDA would say the same thing. He’s a good coach. Time to accept the obvious.

  • Ralphizm

    The players are playing well in spite of D’Antoni not because of him. Every time they start playing Defense you can see D’Antoni completely upset on the sidelines. They can’t and wont defend the paint and can’t stop any pick and roll that’s thrown at them because D’Antoni doesn’t believe in creating turnovers on D. He’s a joke and the worst thing to happen to the Lakers in the last 40 years. I think Kobe is doing more coaching than D’Antoni. Ever since he got back to practice with the team they are actually starting to disobey D’Antoni and play defense while getting rebounds.

    • hookedonnews

      You’re joking, right?

  • petron_run&gun

    every game, different Laker led in scoring
    vs Mem = Jodie Meeks (25pts)
    vs Det = Jordan Hill (24pts)
    vs GS = Pau Gasol (24pts)
    vs Sac = Xavier Henry (21pts)
    vs Was = Jordan Farmar (24pts)
    vs Bkn = Nick Young (26pts)
    vs Det = Wesley Johnson (27pts), Shawne Williams (20pts)

  • hookedonnews

    Anyone who knows anything about D’Antoni could have predicted this. What he’s been able to do with this group of players proves the guy can coach. I don’t think anyone believed they could play this well without Nash & Kobe. They should only get better as the season goes on.

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