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Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Wants Jordan Hill To Become Stretch 4 Reviewed by Momizat on . Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers hasn't exactly been embraced by the fans of the storied NBA franchise since taking over for Mike Brown last s Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers hasn't exactly been embraced by the fans of the storied NBA franchise since taking over for Mike Brown last s Rating:
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Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Wants Jordan Hill To Become Stretch 4

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NBA: Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles LakersHead coach Mike D’Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers hasn’t exactly been embraced by the fans of the storied NBA franchise since taking over for Mike Brown last season. D’Antoni was not the ideal choice for the Lakers with Phil Jackson ready to return, but the team’s front office believed it was the right direction and continue to stick by their decision.

As D’Antoni heads into his second year with the Lakers, the veteran head coach continues to make questionable moves with his latest being the kind of player he wants forward Jordan Hill to become.

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com, D’Antoni wants Hill to develop into a player that can stretch the floor at the power forward position:

“He talked about what I need to work on for this coming summer,” Hill told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “My jump shot — he definitely wanted me to work on my outside jumper.”

Once Hill was acquired from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Derek Fisher, the veteran forward emerged as one of the team’s best front court players off the bench. Hill can bang with the best of them in the paint with an ability to be a force on the glass and offensively with a decent post game.

One thing that Hill doesn’t excel at is shooting from the perimeter. Hill attempted to develop a jump shot last season, but never really excelled at shooting the basketball. Unfortunately for Hill, the veteran may have to improve his jumper in order to stay in the rotation with Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman.

In each of the last two years, Hill shot only 50 percent from 10 to 15 feet, but shot fewer than once per game from that range. Obviously, that’s not favorable for Hill’s chances to become the stretch four D’Antoni hopes he’ll develop into.

D’Antoni attempted to turn Gasol into stretch four last season, but that didn’t go as planned. Hill may struggle even more than Gasol did adjusting to a different role at power forward.

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  • 3339

    c’mon man thats not Jordan Hill’s game. seriously this is why dantoni isn’t a good coach. Jordan Hill can have such a positive impact for us down low; in perfect position to get rebounds and second chance opportunities. don’t have him standing along the perimeter man. thats honestly stupid.

    • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

      Sorry to break it to ya, 3339… but, you are dead wrong

      • 3339

        how?

    • Eddie Lazaro

      Shooting on the perimeter on OFFENSE, CRASHING BOARDS ON BOTH, and adding range to his arsenal, that’s about to develop his game which it will make him an expensive, and better player. As a team, a better LAKERS. How wrong could that be.

  • yOW

    He’s still goin to be down there battling. What they tryin to turn him into is to be versatile 4. Someone who can operate downlow and shoot midrange as well when pau or kaman tryin to create downlow. Give d antoni some respect. He ain’t that bad of a coach. You gotta see things from a basketball player/coach stand point, not fan stand point. cause all fans dont see everything. When its all bad, fans tend to blame coaches for everything.

    • 3339

      he tried the same thing with Pau last year and it didn’t work at all. you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that dantoni doesn’t fit the Lakers. that bs about coaches only getting blame is bs. Phil got tons of credit for the Lakers winning( which is why he or Brian Shaw are not here now cause Jim wants all the credit). In regards to players, when miami lost to dallas it was all on Lebron. honestly, dantoni just doesn’t value what the players unique ability is. they all have to suck up to him.

      • Daryl Peek

        Dude stop spewing lies. What source is leading you to all of the Jimmy wants all the credit? J. Hill will benefit from gaining a better jump shot. This is what good NBA players do. Ask Kobe about that.

        On one hand you have Lakers fans that hated on Howard for being one denominational with limited moves. Now you’re hating on a coach for trying to inspire a player to learn another skill set that will only improve his game and increase his market value in the NBA?!?

        Kevin Love is a rebounding machine that crashes the boards like a 7′ beast! He shoots lights out from distance. Dirk is another example. We all know his shooting ability but he also grabs about 9-10 boards a game.

        • 3339

          Source? oh lets see just every NBA insider. what source makes you think otherwise???
          dude seriously connect the dots. Kobe asked jim for brian shaw. jim wanted to distance himself from anything phil related for his own head coach.

          • Daryl Peek

            Who said Kobe asked Jimmy for B. Shaw? Dr. Buss was still alive in 2011 when Phil retired. Dr. Buss was part of the three headed collective that decided all Lakers basketball operations moves. Dr. Buss always was involved. Who are these insiders that know more than the participants themselves?

          • 3339

            I recall Kobe himself saying he wanted Brian Shaw in an interview during the 2011 season.
            Brian Shaw would’ve been perfect because the players trust him. Phil was mentoring Brian to take over, much like Pat Riley did with coach Spoelstra in miami. Spoelstra did a masterful job managing all those egos in miami

          • Daryl Peek

            We all know Kobe has an affinity for B.Shaw but Kobe also never got involved with FO decisions on the hiring of head coaches. Kobe has the ultimate trust in the FO. He said such and directly mentioned Jimmy and Mitch’s names in an interview.

          • 3339

            In my opinion, the reason Kobe’s doing that is because he doesn’t want any distractions. He just wants to work at getting #6. I will bet that he’s not thrilled with whats going on but at the same time just wants to get to work.

          • Daryl Peek

            Again I’m not offering my opinion. I quoted Kobe’s words. Kobe has gone on record several times saying these things. Kobe likes D’Antoni as a child hood mentor, friend, and calls his offensive mind genius. He still maintains this thought process… his words. Phil Jackson even echoed this about the initial hire of D’Antoni and recently said MDA is a better fit for the current roster.

            Don’t get me wrong. I too think Phil was a better fit last season when Brown was fired but I’m so over Phil and his Zen mind tricks. My main beef is the FO/ownership stake he ultimately wants. Phil is not in it for the long haul as a HC. FO was against Dr. Buss’s will and I 100% agree with Buss on that!

      • Eddie Lazaro

        You have to see the big picture before making conclusions about it. Facts, coach motivate players to do certain things to develop their games to another level. Coach also does experimental on positioning players out of their comforts to see how they will react to the challenge. This is a great move for Hill if he get’s his mind into it. With his youth, size and athleticism, he can develop his game to be a better player, more flexible and productive and it will mean a lot more money and better contract for his future. Hate to say it but get your facts straight.

        • 3339

          so why not have Nash post up then? dude, good coaches develop systems to have the players they have flourish. I’ve never had a problem with a head coach. but what I saw in every Laker game under dantoni last year was ridiculous. he’s not the right guy for us. I don’t care what anyone says to me on here about that.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            Because he is a point guard and not an attack first offensive player, and why will you change his play that has been productive throughout his career. I am not a fan of MDA either but let’s be serious. He is not going anywhere and if he can take this team deeper & better than last year, they might keep him longer. I respect your opinion but look at the bigger picture, J hill is almost 15yrs younger and almost twice bigger. He was (Hill) originally drafted by MDA in NY, so they’ve known each other pretty well.

            Last year was a total waste and what a disaster. There’s so many factors to consider, you and I can say there’s quite a bit of excuses. From coach change, not having a training camp, too many injuries, no cohesion and chemistry plus the biggest factor of having A CLOWN in the roster with a CIRCUS in his TOW. Too much EGO bumping heads to deal with and too much expectations, p0ressure and many more. But that’s over and we are here now. We have to deal with the present. Embrace him or not, he is not moving. He is here to stay and no matter how we view him will not change that, as a matter of fact, they loaded the Lakers with players that fits his system better, with young, quick and athletic roster, telling us they are giving him a full trust of the team

          • Daryl Peek

            Amen Eddie. Couldn’t have said it better!

          • 3339

            I don’t want the Lakers to waste another season then realize that he’s not the right guy when everyone knows it now

          • Zimmeredge

            except if the beginning of the season is a bloody mess do not expect FO to change anything right now. the will go until next summer then, playoff or not, the guy (MDA) will get his butt kicked out of LA. They have to build a new team. FA. etc etc
            as a fan, i’m all in with MDA right now because i want my lakers to be successful so I expect him to go into the post season because he has a roster build for his type of game (first round, semi final it doesn’t matter). but after that please do the job and say him “ciao”

          • 3339

            see thats a problem. If dantoni is going to have to get fired, just get it over with now. I don’t understand that.

          • richard

            I understand you here… but you don’t just fire somebody without giving him the benefit of having a full training camp… and just base everything on what happened 5 years into his past. FO saw the potential in MDA, the players see it… Kobe see it… I am seeing it too, and a lot of us here wants to see that you see it.

          • richard

            Nash is a PG 3339… Hill is a PF, PF’s of today should be able to shoot from 15 feet on an acceptable consistency as well as go inside, and clean the glass… you don’t think, Nash can be a Point-forward, do you? that would sound…like, like… well… a ridiculous idea… common man, you are better than that.

            I have been following your arguments a for weeks now and I might have become a fan of yours… but you are starting to sound off trying to defend your position…and it is betraying you.

      • richard

        3339… can’t you still get it? YOu are getting owned by @eddielazaro:disqus and @daryl_peek:disqus … stop this nonsense already… you are starting to believe in yourself.

        • 3339

          owned? why? because we have different opinions? dude, seriously. thats something a kid would say

          • Daryl Peek

            I’m not offering opinions when it comes to the inner working of the Lakers brass. All of my arguments are based from the horses mouth’s in the FO.

            Again, Dr. Buss was the one who fired Phil in 04, Dr. Buss was the one who wanted to do so in 08 after the loss to the celtics. Dr. Buss was the one who didn’t like the triangle. Dr. Buss was the one who said he was NEVER gonna give Phil a stake at the FO table with ownership. We all know that’s what Phil wanted/wants.

            I’d post the video of Dr. Buss’s words that connect the dots but LN would delete this comment.

          • 3339

            If it’s real please post it, because I don’t believe it. the only part I do believe is the ownership part.

          • Daryl Peek

            I’ll post it above because LN will delete links posted in this section.

          • 3339

            ok thanks for the links. They confirm what I already suspected. I completely understand the ownership deal. My only problem with the Lakers is dantoni. Should’ve been Brian Shaw. Their personal displeasure with Phil’s desire for ownership caused them to make a bad business move with coaching.

          • Daryl Peek

            No problem 3339. As I’m sure you can tell , it chaps my hide when uninformed ESPN propaganda is spoken about my Lakers. LOL

            Bottom line, Shaw had no shot because Dr. Buss ultimately was done with both Phil and the triangle. The CP3 trade nix sealed Mike Browns fate. That was the plan. Everything thereafter been a reeling reach.

            As it stands now we can see plan B coming together. MDA is a big part of that like it or not. I too am not a huge D’Antoni fan but he’s the Lakers HC, so I’ll support him long as he holds that post.

          • 3339

            I actually did support dantoni when first hired. but I just can’t after what I saw last season. I’ve seriously never had a problem with a coach before.

    • Daryl Peek

      Well said.

  • yOW

    But when things are all good, Most fans give all the credit to the players and no credit to coaches.

    • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

      Close, but not quite… Jackson benefited and got a whole lot of credit, for the things that went all good, that his ‘great players’ accomplished

      • Eddie Lazaro

        He never get the blame for the bad, some bust and the Fuck ups.

  • Daryl Peek

    Amar’e Stoudemire, Shawn Marion, Boris Diaw, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Zach Randolph, David Lee, Al Harrington, Landry Fields, Steve Novack, all benefited from D’Antoni pushing them to be better shooters. I don’t know how many time I have to reiterate they had some of their best professional b-ball production under MDA.

    Tyson Chandler won DPOY under MDA in NY. He also had his best shooting percentage as a pro that same year. I scratch my head at people continuing to say MDA is a bad HC?

    • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

      Eh, Daryl Peek… you are dead ON

    • Jose

      And how titles has MDA win with his great coaching prowess?

      • Daryl Peek

        I’m not professing MDA is the greatest coach. I’m just showing he’s not as bad as most want to make him out to be.

    • 3339

      really, he won dpoy under dantoni?

      • Daryl Peek

        That was 2011-12 both Woodson & D’Antoni coached Tyson that lockout shortened year. MDA coached 42 games that season, Woodson took over the final 24. The Jeremy Lin era when Melo and Amare were out was their best defensive stretch. I still vividly remember them crushing our Lakers when Lin put up 38 as they held us to 85 points. Woody had much to do with the team D, I’m sure but again MDA groomed that roster.

        • 3339

          I know, but dantoni quit on them. they were a very average team with him, he couldn’t control them and ran off. he even went into the front office and asked for Melo to be traded. There was a huge story in the New York Times about this. they played so much better under Woodson who came in and coached to their strengths. Chris Webber made an excellent point about this once dantoni got the Lakers job and also said that players have no trust in this guy.

          • Daryl Peek

            Didn’t Phil Jackson do the same with Kobe? Phil even went as far as to write a book about it, bashing the hell out of Kobe! He wrote a second book taking shots at Kobe again.

            He never mentioned a bad word about his so called nemesis, Jimmy Buss in either of those books.

            Melo was the one who had no trust in MDA. Melo was the team leader. A situation like that will always end on a sour note seeing the superstar player win out. Ask Paul Westhead about Magic and poor player coach relations?

            Amare, Shawn Marion, Jeremy Lin, Steve Novack, and everyone but Melo, who played for MDA would likely tell you they trust him.

          • 3339

            you’re spelling Novak wrong

          • Daryl Peek

            My bad lol

  • vdogg

    in other news, d’antoni is planning on using jordan farmar exclusively on post ups in the paint.

  • AC25

    If he’s on working on his shot then he’s bound to be a good stretch 4. As long as he’s working on his shot, i’m confident that he can be a good stretch 4. A lot of the really good power forwards these days are good at stretching the floor so I think this is a great idea.

  • Lakers4Life

    There goes Dumbtoni again in his land of utopia and asking players to adjust to his shitty offense rather than utilizing the best of the players abilities. Hope his arse gets fired before the pre-season.

    • Daryl Peek

      “shitty offense” ?!?

      You mean the one that the Heat, Spurs and 90% of the NBA has modeled their offenses after?

    • Eddie Lazaro

      His offense is very good, his defense is the liability and that is what they got Kurt Rambis for. To integrate team defense to it’s good offense. Creating a balance force on both ends. Younger players still needs guidance to develop their game and raise it to another level, hoping players embrace the challenge, or they will stagnant playing the same play over and over.

      • Zimmeredge

        if our half court D stay the same than last season (but with more young, fresh, athletic legs, better team D and chemistry) and if we can improve our transition defense then we will be a much better team defensively. I mean… 20ppg because of our bad transition defense. Come on it’s ridiculous! if we can cut that number to 10ppg it’ll be much better. And luckily, only 20 because our TOs were so off the charts. That’s unbelievable and unbearable when you have ball handlers like Nash, Bryant and Gasol in your roster.
        there’s a lot of room for improvement defensively this season.

        • Eddie Lazaro

          Too many turnovers, loosing the ball (Howards post) or 3sec violations, teams synchronization was out of whack (passing interceptions), missing too many free throws and poor shooting selections, ill advised clock management, lack of rebounding on both ends. That’s a lot of points to give without transition defense, and that’s what killed us.

          • Zimmeredge

            yeah help defense was a problem, and defensive rotation was even bigger. but our bad numbers in transition are particularly significant to me because they also express that offensively, we were out of synched as a unit. Eventhough we could score big numbers it was not fluent at all. If you can’t score easily, fluently, in rythm then you’re out of paced, out of synched, out of rythm and out of focus/concentration defensively.
            how many times we saw our guys drop their defensive match ups because they were one step too late or too slow. Or they didn’t pay attention and just watched the game develop and do nothing.
            but we had big expectations indivually. we were expecting kobe, metta and dwight to held up to their reputations and run a defensive mindset/system. They did it, partially.
            but as much as it is a paradox our offense (d’antoni’s problem and players’ problem to) was our big problem defensively. we didn’t get second chances. too many empty trips down low, too many bad shot selections, too many open shots unconverted (i can remember meeks, jamison or metta being dead/ice cold) too many turn overs, poor ball handling from metta, jamison or howard.
            So efficiency was a problem. And if you’re not confident offensively you tend to be lazy defensively. you do not make the extra effort to get back on defense and focus on your player. you are not paying attention to what’s surrounding you.
            If we can slightly improve our offense then we will improve our transition defense and then we will improve our half court defense.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            That was last year. This year we will be ready. KOBE coming back to training camp 90%, they will start to work on chemistry and cohesion, work on their timing and synchronicity, spreading the floor and team defenses.It will be a lot better, more focus, working together as one, on offense and defensively. We have too many shooters that can shoots daylights out from downtown. High flying backdoor and alley-hoops. Pick N POP and Pick N Rolls. Post ups & isolation’s. We have the added youth, talent & athleticism. We just need to hone their talent and get their best potential out, grooming some superstars in the making.

          • Zimmeredge

            yeah yeah i was just arguing that there’s a lot of room for improvement for the upcoming season. can’t wait to see my laker team on the floor. it’ll take time to gel but if everybody stay fit, healthy and produce quality bball that we can rightfully expect we are a playoff team for sure.
            I think we a bit soft, light inside though and bringing in another 4-5 position might be a good idea.
            superstars mmmh except Nick Young (but he’s already well known as swagy P) i don’t see any of our young guys becoming superstars.

            i think we need to scout 2014 players’ draft throughout the season because we will have a first round pick (2016 and 2018 too btw). So we better take a quality player who can bring something to our team.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            That’s what training camp is for. Regarding Nick Young, though he’s popular, he is still needs to elevate his game to be a superstar and who’s the best motivator in doing so? It’s KOBE Bean Bryant. Regarding other superstar potential, Ryan Kelly went under the draft radar because of his injury, with a great potential as another who needs grooming. He was a leader and a Mike K well trained player. A proven scorer who can shoot from anywhere & has the length to intimidate in the paint & crash the boards.
            Jordan Farmar may not be a superstar, but was a proven loyal Lakers and a pesky defender. Though he lack the need size, he is no slouch on the scoring book, a capable passer and a ball handler.

            Wesley Johnson may not have a flashy name as the others, but a wing defender and another rebounder. He needs to hone his middle range shooting but another who can shoot 3s as well. We also have some young athletes that was invited in the training camp, each has potential to join the club once they show some progress, we’ll see who stays.

          • Zimmeredge

            these are good bench/team players (except Nick Young who can be a decent starter or 6th man). Johnson is a good lad but to be a superstar you need to fill the stat sheet. he has never scored on a regular basis to be a superstar while he has been given enough game time to show his skills. he is a decent defender though.
            Ryan Kelly will be, at best, a good role player. Yeah coach K praised him and was fond of him. But he’s not a Dirk Nowitzki in the making. Of course his ability to spread the floor will be a precious thing but he will need time to adapt. NCAA basketball court -sizewise- is a bit different (as you probably know it) so he won’t be as effective as he was. NBA is faster, quicker and also more physical. Defense are much better. He will struggle.
            Farmar is a prooven player but if he was near the superstar level he didn’t have to travel overseas to play euroleague in Turkey. again another good defender.

            i love all those guys. don’t get me wrong. I mean we will need them to play at their best and to proove their value. I have high expectations for swagyp. we gonna need him to knock down 15-17ppg on regular basis (and with good efficiency). We need Hill and Blake (I think D’antoni will make him a “point shooter” and make a rotation with both Farmar and Blake on the court) to knock down 10ppg or plus in every game. Then Johnson, Meeks, Farmar, Kaman, Kelly, Harris, Landry (maybe) we will need them to get some buckets and if they can bring 25-30 points or more (again efficiently) that would be outstanding for us.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            That’s where training camp is so valuable. Having these kids play thru practices to create a strong bond and harmony on the floor. Balancing the equations, strong and systematic in the attack, applying team defense in stopping opponents. Ryan Kelly is a 13/5/1.6 blocks, in 28min last year with .453 & .422 on 3s and those are good % for an outside shooter esp for a big guy like him.
            I still think he can be a very good player once given a necessary confidence and playing time.

    • Bojangles

      Since when is a basketball player working on his jump shot a bad thing?

    • lakersfan_5

      its not his offense but the way he forced his offense onto a team it was not suited for. Its more difficult to run his uptempo spread offense with 2 dominant 7 foot post players, (last year Howard and Gasol).

  • Zimmeredge

    Hill is not a FP: fact
    Hill is a team player: fact
    so Hill will do whatever is required from him if he wanna play: fact
    Hill is a decent midrange shooter: fact
    Hill can spread the floor more effectively if he can hit threes: fact
    By doing that, Hill can give more space inside for Gasol: fact
    by doing those two things, Hill and Pau will give more space to our true perimeter shooters: fact
    Hill is a good rebounder at BOTH ends: fact
    he is no better than Pau in that area of the game: fact
    he is no better than Pau offensively: fact
    Hill can/have to bring 10-15 ppg: fact
    so Hill is no more than an asset to this team just like all the other players (except SN-KB-PG):fact
    Hill will be a much more complete and dangerous player if he can touch 3pointers: fact
    Hill is a versatile, energizer type of player: fact
    Hill is a fast player: fact
    Hill can run the floor fast: fact
    Hill is a decent defender (pnr, perimeter and hustle inside): fact
    Hill brings athleticism: fact
    do the Lakers suffered last season in transition: fact
    did they play with “3 out and 2 in”: fact
    did their old legs suffered in transition: fact
    with “4 out and 1 in” formation and a much younger roster the Lakers will do much better on transition: fact

    all in all. D’antoni took some bad decisions in the past. but this decision is pure logic.

    • Daryl Peek

      Agreed on everything except Pau’s role. He’s more than Hill will ever be. Pau is a legit HOF player, his role cannot be marginalized like that. 2008-2010 would not be if not for Gasol. 13-14 hinges on Pau getting back to his normal 18/10/3/1.5 career ways. Last season was the first time he truly went below that.

      If he can, the Lakers will win more games.

      • Zimmeredge

        dude, i’m not even comparing Pau and Hill. Hill is not even in the conversation.

        Hill is NO better than Pau in everything. but people are making Hill (or Kaman) our new “most important player in the roster” since the departure of DH12.

        scoring-wise? except mid range jumpers, put back, alley oop and ft Hill doesn’t own the paint/post like Pau. and rebound? Hill is jumping everywhere around the floor trying to hustle and to grab rebds while Pau isn’t moving and catch as much or more rbds than Hill.
        i’m not marginalizing Pau’s role. i think he will be one of the most -if not the most- important player because spreading the floor effectively starts at the rim (so pau will need his touches inside) then mid range then long distance.

        • Daryl Peek

          OK, my badd. I misinterpreted your stance on Pau.

  • Lakers562

    MDA is a freaking idiot & a horrible ass coach. MDA is asking Hill to be a stretch 4 when he is an energy rebounder & decent defensive player is ridiculous. The Lakers are catering this roster to MDA but the problem is the offense. Its the defense! We lack any perimeter defenders that can stay with the athletic fast guards in the league still. MDA never won anything in his whole career & does not know how to make in game adjustments. MDA does not know how to use bigs & is a horrible defensive coach period. The problem is Jim Buss making these horrible coach decisions first hiring Brown & now MDA? When we start losing this year & miss the playoffs. Maybe it will sink into Buss Jr’s head & he can stop being delusional. Thinking MDA will lead the Lakers back to there past glory. Fire MDA!!!

  • Evan Boland

    We need Hill beasting on the offensive boards and getting easy buckets, D’Antoni. How ’bout you work with your personnel rather than try to force players into your ridiculous schemes you fool.

  • 3339

    idk about that. making the playoffs wasn’t a question mark those years.

    • Daryl Peek

      But they all ended in the same broken down fashion… from Bynum’s meltdown and getting swept by the Mavs to OKC thoroughly whooping our ASS, then the physical break down through that Spurs beat down. Bad team chemistry was the commonality.

      Same dysfunction we saw in 03-07, bottom line

  • Bojangles

    I don’t think it’s a “questionable move” to ask a basketball player to work on his jump shot. Come on, man.

  • Amasa Delano

    I guess this must be where the sensible and reasonable Lakers fans hang out. If this were Yahoo or ESPN, half of the comments would be about how Jordan Hill can become as good as Antawn Jamison and lead the team to a title, and the other half would be people saying that Mike D’Antoni is probably the dumbest person who has ever walked the planet.

    In my opinion, this is a crap story that is making a huge leap in logic from one small quote from an interview. Why wouldn’t D’Antoni or any other coach want Hill working on his jumper? Last time I looked around the league, most power forwards are adding jump shots to their games because that’s a part of the evolution of the NBA. Just look at Paul Millsap, David Lee, David West, and even Blake Griffin. All those guys have worked a lot on their jump shots since coming into the league.

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