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Lakers News: Nick Young Believes D’Antoni Deserves Another Year

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Rumors have been swirling for weeks regarding the future of Mike D’Antoni. There have been reports going every way on the subject, with some saying a peaceful parting is wanted, while others say no decision has been made.

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari was linked to the job, but he apparently wouldn’t want it if it was offered. Despite the tough season, D’Antoni does have the support of at least some of his players.

Nick Young appeared on ESPN LA 710 this morning and when asked by Mark Willard whether D’Antoni deserves another chance, he defended his coach:

“Yeah, I think he got dealt a short hand. At the beginning of the year we started off well and you could see as time went past everybody started getting hurt and we even started playing with seven guys. But I’m not the GM, I’m not Kobe, I can’t give that say so but I believe coach is a good coach.”

D’Antoni has lost the support of the fans, though it is arguable that he ever really had much to begin with. But most players seem to enjoy playing for D’Antoni and Young does have some good points.

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No coach would have been able to succeed with the amount of injuries the Lakers dealt with this season, and the Lakers did have a decent start to the season, going 10-9 before Kobe made his return.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to the front office and what they feel is best for the team. Young may fit well on future Lakers teams, but does D’Antoni? That is the question facing Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers organization.
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Nick Young With A Special Message For Lakers Fans Before Their Last Home Game


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  • Jason

    You just ruined whatever good will you had Nick with the rabid, unrealistic, and myopic Laker fanbase. Prepare to be crapped on Nick..in 3..2…1…

    • Jim213

      Young needs to get serious as stop messing around =). have to keep it real.

    • truth24

      Young wants to play for Dantoni simply because there is no defense in his system therefor Dantoni let’s young do whatever he wants ie shoot as much as he wants. I would not resign young anyhow but seeing that the Lakers future is bleak the FO may have no other choice. If Dantoni stays and we get a high pick from the Draft i wouldnt be surprised if he gets injured playing for this idiot.

    • Dino Madness

      No he didn’t, it makes total sense for Nick Young to say this. His having the best year of his career and the D’Antoni system help him get there. Unfortunately D’Antoni fast pace and unwillingness to make adjustment to his offense have become his own undoing with the Lakers, when you have players like Kobe,Gasol, Kaman and Hill not fitting in D’Antoni’s system that’s a sure way to guaranteed failure. You can cry all you want about people bashing Nick Young for saying D’Antoni deserves another chance but maybe the other chance should be on a young team that can run up and down the floor all day and that is not the Lakers.

  • Josh

    This is great. So many around here seem to want to keep Nick and fire D’Antoni. Now what?

  • Josh

    Can you imagine if the Spurs had fired Greg Popovich after he went 17-47 in his first season coaching the Spurs? Injuries matter, people.

    • Jim213

      True, tho this is his second year and things won’t improve with a coach who negates from utilizing his roster especially given the injuries. BUT NO EXCUSES FOR THE TEAM TO NOT PLAY DEFENSE,

      One of the basic fundamentals of the game which K Rambis is accountable for too. Best to turn the page with the coach and give the franchise but especially the fans a more positive direction/vibe IMO.

      • Jason

        But at some point, the coach can’t be 100% to blame for their lack of defense right? Nick Young has never been known for his defense in his previous stops, Pau and farmar even prior to MDA coming to LA has driven many of us at wits end for being soft and letting their man just blow by them repeatedly. I’m not at practices, none of us are, but do we really believe Rambis, MDA, and the staff don’t spend time in practice and implore on them playing D? MDA deserves blame no doubt and he’s getting it, but it seems like many fans are absolving players of their share of the blame for this poor season. Give this same exact team with all the circumstances it had to go through this year to Popovich, Doc, Phil, Sloan, Kryzewski (hell, they could all coach this team as a unit), and the results will be pretty much the same: Lottery bound.

        • Devein

          I agree. I’m no D’antoni fan, but to see all the blame put on him and him alone by fans is quite absurd. Players don’t get their share of blame. Just look at how these fans come to Paus defense whenever you call him him out here for his piss poor play on both ends the these few years. It’s always, “HEY MAN, HE WON US 2 RINGS DAMMIT” or my favorite “Well, he’s notva defensive player blah blah”. Yeah, like that makes it ok? It’s ok that when they go back in D it’s 4 in 5 because Pau gets a pass for he’s not into Defense and because of those 2 rings?!?

          • Jim213

            Newbies?, there’s plenty of blame to go around especially for the inept.

        • Jim213

          Who say’s the coach is only getting blamed? He deserves a lot of it but like I’ve said weeks back resign the best overall players to build a second unit around for no more than $15 mil combined total (reasonable given injuries).

          Wouldn’t bring back or over pay young given his inconsistency on both sides of the court (no diss to him) business move. Farmar’s repeated injuries this season is my concern for the long term. As Pau still puts up back to back numbers so there’s is a sort of consistency there tho not what many expect especially for $20 mil.

          Yes the definitely spend the hrs but have done a horrible job of trying to implement accountability/ consistency. Didn’t expect them to make the playoffs with all the injuries but especially to not finish with the worst record in LA Lakers history. No excuses to playing consistent ball on both sides of the floor.

          • Spitfire

            It’s called talent dummy.
            Look at the Lakers roster and ask yourself if this guys can compete even for playoffs?!
            MDA is your scapegoat, good for the other coaches because they will notbe blamed for the Lakers failure this season. Even Calipari has said that he doesnt wanna coach this Lakers. Ask yourself why…because this team doesnt have enough talent to compete, all the injuries and your best player is not playing.
            Then “FAIR WEATHER” fan like you blames the coach?! Who wants to coach this team then if some idiotic fan like you blames the coach everytime?! The answer is NONE! You wanna bet?’ Ill bet a $1000 that even Phil cannot do anything with this team nor other coaches in the league. PM me if you wanna bet cos i am serious about it, cos i am sick to read all the BS comments that you and other “FAIR WEATHER” fans posts here.

          • Jim213

            Of course talent has do with with it moron. The coach isn’t getting all the blame fool. It’s FO’s product on the floor that’s the main issue. But be damned if this roster can’t beat team’s who are worser than them to avoid the worst record in LA Lakers history.

            F excuses and not playing game fundamentals (own to to bad moves and move on). The coach and his staff have failed to motivate these players as they’ve been blown out by 20+ points plenty of times douche bag so go hump on Mike’s leg b/c he’s already mentioned that it is what it is

            #stayontopofthings #BUSINESS

            #spitfire’sanignoramus

          • Tyson

            Open your eyes and ears man. I live here in So. CA and everything is being pinned on D’antoni. From letters to the Times and every other local paper, Talk radio, and especially comments/posts over here, yahoo, ESPNLA, etc..

          • Jim213

            Since the summer of 2013 I’ve been on FO’s case. They do the hiring and the firing. The issue I have with the coach is his rotations and defensive which apply to his staff too.

            They’re (media) just looking for a scapegoat. FO is the issue as good leaders own up to mistakes. Haven’t seen Kupcake of Jim own up to anything which goes for their bad planning.

          • Chrmngblly

            Hey, dummy, yourself. These scrubs are putting up over a hundred+ points a game against 1st string NBA teams. Defense is not so much a talent as it is a disciplined state of mind. D is about coaching.

          • Jancis

            Sorry, but going on sites like this one and listening to hacks and callers on talk radio, EVERYONE is putting EVERYTHING on D’Antoni.

          • Jim213

            That’s those who look for an easy scape goat. Yes, he gets blame but the coach and many from the current roster wouldn’t be here if FO would’ve had better options aside of only reacquiring DH.

            The coahc needs to mold his own team from the bottom up as it won’t happen with the Lakers. Best if the coach ended up with the Jazz, Cavs, 76ers, etc etc. The pressure needs to be placed on FO plain and simple they pay the checks and do the hiring and firing.

        • curtis paggett

          hey guys lets be real if they were working on defence we would see some improvement.this team should have been better than they were this yr the coaches you named would not wave lost a record number of games

          • Daryl Peek

            The injuries and lack of talent. No way they should have been better. It’s a borderline miracle they won as many games as they did. This team could easily be Bucks or Sixers bad. 6 of our top ten players have missed a ton of games all season. Nick Young is our leading scorer on the season! Gasol, coming off injury was our second leading scorer. Jodie Meeks is our third best scorer at just under 16 PPG. If you told us all of this at the beginning of the season, defense be damned that is a lottery team. There’s way too much unrealistic expectations flowing. The team was projected to be 12th in the West with a healthy Kobe, Nash and Gasol. Time to stop bitching and be real about all that has happened and what the team was to begin with in the first place.

          • Gekko

            I agree. Our B team is playing as our starters.
            I am not going to criticize MDA for losing all of these games.
            There are concerns though: His style of play seems to increase the risks of injury. It is just so fast paced. I am not sure that he has the support of the established stars in the league. Are they going to shy away from signing with the Lakers because they do nnot want to work with him.

          • Daryl Peek

            As Gary Viti said, the entire NBA has sped up. The game has evolved and MDA’s style of coaching has been adopted by most from AAU all the way to the NBA. Each new generation that enters the NBA is more fit to run this style of play.

            Most people are reaching on the stars don’t want to play for MDA thing. The Spurs run the MDA system with Duncan 38, Ginobli 36, Bonner 34, Parker 31 or 32 and Diaw 32. The Lakers only have Kobe Gasol, Kaman and Nash over 30. The injuries are just a freak thing. Nash was much more durable than Kobe over the years in Phoenix playing fast paced from 2000-2012.

        • Chrmngblly

          I think another coach could have coached us to the number one seed, once the season was lost, not to the 7th seed or whatever bullsh*t seed we get. What a waste.

          Why are you dufuses exaggerating? Of course he is not 100% to blame for this botch. No one says he is. Still, most teams would fire the coach after this kind of a season. If they don’t it is all on Jim Buss.

          Actually, this whole season is all on the FO, anyway, so I expect them to make MDA the scapegoat. If Nash was not a cripple, even this team could have won a few more games. If Kobe was healthy….

          IF, if, if. He’s still a second tier coach.

      • Josh

        I agree with parting ways with D’Antoni as a means to turn the page but not because he is a bad coach as so many think. It’s just been a lot of bad luck during his tenure and a fresh start would be nice.

        My comparison to Pop goes deeper, though. In Pop’s second year, when he was given that chance, he got his star, future hall-of-fame player back healthy and his newly drafted #1 overall pick. If D’Antoni were given another year, and the injury bug eases up on the roster, MDA will also have his future hall-of-famer back in uniform and a fresh lottery pick to add to the roster. For Pop, those circumstances resulted in a perennial contender that has lasted long after the retirement of his original star. If MDA were given the same chance, who is to say he couldn’t have the same success under the same circumstances with a greater franchise?

    • Ted

      Injuries and having the right players who are also coachable matters…a LOT.

  • Glenn

    Idiot!!!!

  • TheTruthKills

    Stop it Nick. Just stop it.

  • Lev Meas

    Really Nick? Mike’s face make the fans angry,lol He doesn’t know how to rotate the players, how can you say he is a good Coach. Kobe, Pau, Jordan Hill, Kaman, Melo and many other players have problems with his coaching style. It’s would be wise for the Lakers to go ahead and let him go, as quick as possible, so they can get some great free agency players to come to this organization. He doesn’t belong in the NBA anymore.

    • hookedonnews

      Kaman recently voiced his support for D’Antoni, and Kobe has not come out publicly against him. Jordan Hill has put up career numbers this season. Carmelo Anthony is a ball-stopper who didn’t want to be a team player. There are a lot more players who love playing for MDA than the few who just don’t like the system or want more playing time which has been Jordan Hill’s only complaint (doubt he’s complaining now). D’Antoni is known as a players coach, and I don’t think any of the top FA’s would object to playing for him. Fans who’ve been mad since D’Antoni arrived just don’t want to accept the truth when they hear it from players like Nick Young and Jodie Meeks. Amare Stoudemire was said to have a problem with MDA, but signed with the Knicks knowing that he was the coach.

      • imbwar

        Kaman RECENTLY voiced support for Dantoni? when did he say this? and where can I read this.

        • hookedonnews

          There was an article (either Bleacher Report or LakersNation or possibly both). He came out and defended him. It was within the last 2 or 3 weeks. You should be able to google it and find it.

        • hookedonnews

          It was a Kevin Ding article in Bleacher Report on April 2.

          • imbwar

            Thanks, Hookedonnews…

  • Lakers Fan

    Nick likes D’Antoni because his system taylors to what nick likes to do: shoot and play no defense. Nick also has to take into account he wont be getting as many minutes next season due to Kobe being back and the FO possibly bringing in a starter worthy SF. This is why I’m one of the few who feel Nick shouldn’t be brough back. He provides instant offense, but that’s it. He doesn’t pass the ball or play defense. I feel Henry, Bazemore, and Meeks should be brought back due to their ability to play both sides of the ball. Plus they will be cheaper, with Meeks being the only exception. I like Young, but I think we need more defensive-minded players. We also have to take into account the amount of PT Young has gotten this season.

    • RockHound

      agree

    • Spitfire

      Doesnt preach defense?! Then blame Rambis them he is the DEFENSIVE COACH FOR THIS TEAM. And also pls watch the backstage Lakers and other credible source if MDA is not preaching Defense. Educate and learn idiot!

      • Lakers Fan

        In your feelings much? Lol. I can’t have sports arguments with individuals like you because you can’t put your feelings aside and have a decent conversation. No need to throw out insults. That being said, when has defensive coordinators on basketball teams ever been the reason a team is poor on defense? If you give me one example, I will from now on stop blaming D’Antoni for our defensive woes this year and last. Lets not forget the defensive coordinator we had last year went on to Charlotte and made them a top defensive team in the league. Learn and educate yourself on the game of basketball and how it actually works then come talk to me.

  • PlayerHaters

    Meh :/ it depends on how the roster is going to look for next season. Injuries FUCKED SHIT UP it is what it is.

  • roseducanna

    LAKERS choosing fan or lame duck coach MDA for 2014 – 2015.

  • Daryl Peek

    The Mob will now turn on Swaggy. Meeks, Farmar, Sacre, ETC… who will the fire MDA thirst gang have as returning?

    • C*HarrisTHEboss

      to be honest – even I think that clown should get another year – whats the worst that could happen? i dont know if I would bring Mr. P back next year tho given kobe is going to want all the minutes he can get + i would rather have jodie at the 2 and kobe @ the 3.

      Under no circumstances should we bring Marshall or Wes Johnson back – and Sacre is crap no matter which way you turn him

      • Chrmngblly

        Back off, Boogloo…We all love Bob Sacre. The dude is playing for peanuts and eats the shit minutes of every game—if he even gets any PT at all. But the big f*cker hustles ALL the time—and his play shows it. He has grown tremendously from the pure clown he began as. I tip my hat to the dude—although I don’t expect him to be an all-star anytime soon. For the price, he’s OK by me.

        We agree on moving Kobe to the 3. I think Swaggy is a good man as captain of the second unit if we can get him at the right price.

        Boss, you are not watching Marshall that closely. The last thing we need is a gunner for a PG. Thank God KM understands that. Look at the shots he is taking. Sure, he bricks a couple 3s a game but he also started making the defenses pay for laying back and crowding the lane when he drives, by pulling up at the elbow and floating those 2-balls right over the top. I think he is learning from Nash, as he should. We don’t need a point guard that hogs the ball. For cheap, he is well worth it. Be a little patient. I think KM has unusual gifts. And I am happy he doesn’t talk that much, too.

        Wes Johnson? I don’t know. It would be embarrassing if you were right for once….:-) I saw his flying stuff against Memphis and it took my breath away. We are going to need athletic guys like Wes, not shoe salesmen like Kaman.

        These guys keep saying MDA is so nice to play for—but everyone likes a lax coach. I am sure MDA has gotten the short end of the stick, but that’s part of the game, too, isn’t it? I think MDA has been exposed for what he always gets exposed for: His philosophy of the game does not value defense and does not value and use Bigs well. So it is time to move in a new direction. Move MDA to an “advisor” position and bring in Sloan or Hollins.

        • Daryl Peek

          Marshall will be back but he’s garbage if he can’t at least improve his jumper, and will be out of the league again. Harsh reality. MDA is far from a lax coach. Defense is a problem but better players can make a huge difference. Stop it with the misuse of the big’s. I’ve shown how all of them are producing at a very high level under MDA several times on this site and Hill has gotten the more starts this season than his previous 4 seasons combined. Hill has played the most games of all big’s on this team and is only second to Gasol in MPG. aman got a raw deal but if you look at the MPG distribution, MDA could not have did it any differently without someone completely riding the pine out of the four centers.

          Sloan is not coaching in the NBA anymore! He’d done like Phil so everybody please stop it on him. Hollins is cool but he’s still unemployed for a reason. His old school ultra disciplinary style is becoming more of a problem as these kids today are not responding to it more and more. Couple that with the yearning for twin towers as the big reason most throw Hollins into the hat. That a dying breed of play in the NBA people need to get over also. I was raised on that style of play and prefer it but I know it’s day has come and is about to be gone…

          This league is guard dominated now as the college ranks have been for the last two decades. MDA is not my first choice as HC but the reality of the situation is he may be back like it or not.

          • Chrmngblly

            Stop it with the rote regurgitation of somebody else’s blog. Minutes played has never been the bitch with the bigs, it is how they are used in the offense—and defense, too, if you ask me. The Lakers won their Last 3-peat against mostly small-ball clubs and they won. They also won a 2-peat with Gasol. So let’s call that combo-ball. It is also a winning formula as the Spurs proved again. Plus the Rockets with Hakeem and Yau Ming. So it’s not all small-ball now days, but small-ball is far easier and cheaper to play than anything else, just due to who is available to play the 5. I think Combo-Ball is where it’s at. My opinion.
            As far as discipline, Pop’s not someone you sass. Once a club accepts the culture, the team enforces its own norms and everybody gets happy. Sloan could be getting bored; but he would be a name, you know. Are you a Brian Shaw man? What about Steve Kerr?
            Stay off of Marshall or I will fung you. Let him grow. Besides your man Nash will be back next year…:-)

          • Daryl Peek

            None of my words are from someone else’s blog. How they are used has resulted in Hill having the best production of his career this season and a HUGE payday coming! Gasol has not been better in almost three seasons. Sacre got crucial development as the FO is obviously committed to him going forward. Kaman again got the short end of the stick but still produced at a high level when he stopped crying about PT. I never agreed with Johnson as a stretch 4 but he did a fairly good job in the role as his best production was in that role. Kelly was drafted to see what we have in him. Unlike Phil burying rookies on the end of the bench MDA actually took the time to give the rook a chance. We can nit pick rotations, small ball VS. a more traditional big man power game but MDA has his preferred style of offense and as Kobe said to Gasol last season…

            “Put your big-boy pants on. Just adjust. Just adjust. You can’t whine about it. You can’t complain about it! 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.”

            Kobe and Shaq did this with the triangle. They also strayed from it often. This is what Kobe’s talking about as there’s no misuse. Just a bunch of people bitching about guys whining, whom need to adapt, PERIOD! Phil never truly ran twin towers. Shaq played next to Horry, Rice or Fox all who stretched the floor. LO was a stretch 4. Bynum was often benched for LO in crunch time. It’s not about small ball being cheaper, its that all of the youth (AAU through NCAA) are being groomed like that and that is why they all seem to fit so seamlessly into how D’Antoni coaches. Again, better talent is the difference between the 04-07 Suns and this Lakers team he coached, that and health as injuries have ravaged the team the last two seasons. Contrary to popular belief, those Suns were a very good rebounding team averaging 57 rebounds per game in 04-05. MDA had multiple big’s on those teams who contributed as role players similar to how he allocated minutes with the Laker big’s. Three straight WFC appearances is not Lakers standard but not many coaches in this league have done that.

            You don’t sass Pop but he’s forged a tradition in SA not many coaches have ever done. Hollins will not be able to duplicate that and to be honest, I don’t see any HC doing that going forward. Especially not in LA with the Lakers. The market is not patient enough to allow that kind of situation to manifest. No championship from 07-2014 and only one finals appearance during that time span? Pop would’ve been ran out of town by now.

            Again, KM better improve or he’ll be waiver moved… I like much of his upside and am not even so down on his defense but that HORRIBLE jumper and lack of finishing ability in traffic, in the paint is not tolerable. Rondo lacked offensive prowess but was a stout defender and could finish in the paint. Ya, boy better step up!

          • Chrmngblly

            He’s growing. I think he needs the summer to break his mechanics down and start over. I just like that he plays within himself instead of trying to do too much. Those floaters at the elbow are from Nash, I think. He didn’t know to shoot those when he first got here. As long as he makes them, I’m happy.

      • imbwar

        Thank goodness you’re not the GM…

        • C*HarrisTHEboss

          keep your baseless comments to yourself ratboy

          • imbwar

            make me fcuk boy… I will direct my comments at you as freely and at my discretion.. #computergangster

          • C*HarrisTHEboss

            whatever floats your boat clown baby

          • imbwar

            Exact comment I figured you’d make, thot…

          • C*HarrisTHEboss

            ok kid – troll on

          • imbwar

            …and a sensitive THOT at that…

    • Jim213

      DP, 8 players you’d like to see the Lakers go after next season being a trade but mostly from FA. Post tomorrow’s game recap.

      • Daryl Peek

        I don’t see them turning 8 players this season. 6 at most and I think that’s a stretch.

        • Jim213

          Players to consider smh. Not all will pan out. IMO, at most 4-5 spots will be vacant come FA sheez.

  • purp& goldpride

    Nick…between.your 40 point ill timed explosion last night and endorsing dantoni….I’m slowly starting to dislike you. If Jodie abd swaggy wanna jack up 3s and play no defense, then they’re welcome to leave right along with pringles. STFU

    • truth24

      I never was a fan of shaggy p. This is not the real Lakers way…. Young has ADD. Lakers suck so bad they where suppose to lose against utah but nooooooo. This coach is an idiot and it clearly shows how bad the Lakers are. They have to try Their hardest against another sorry opponent. What a waste you ain’t fooling me

      • bruce wayne

        wait that to me is not the laker way we should play to win all the time doesnt matter the record or the score. That’s what makes the Lakers who the Lakers are in that they play to win all the time swaggy has that spirit and can learn to play defense if coached right

    • Sylvia Ross

      I’m in total agreement !!!

  • 3339

    This man led the lakers to their worst record ever a year after failing with a roster headlined by
    kobe, pau, dwight. Nothing but excuses with this guy. He does not deserve another season.

    • hookedonnews

      No training camp and Pau was never healthy that first year and missed 33 games. Howard was just off back surgery, torn shoulder muscle, and never 100%. Worst bench in the league and they still made the playoffs and might have gone somewhere if they hadn’t lost Kobe, Nash, Blake, Meeks, and MWP. Let’s get all the facts out there. Yes, this has been the worst record ever with almost 300 games lost to injury and a less than talented roster on the floor 99% of the time. No rational person could say D’Antoni’s had a chance this season under these circumstances. What you call excuses I call reasons for failure which are beyond the control of the coach. Has he been perfect? No, but trying to put all this on him shows a willingness to ignore what should be obvious. It takes time to rebuild a team and patience. I don’t see a lot of that in this town. It takes work, and it’s not going to happen overnight no matter who’s coaching.

      • Spitfire

        They dont know it cos they dont really know what is going on.
        Happy to see some fans like us are on the same page. Not like the others who just post here quickly without even reading the WHOLE STORy.

      • 3339

        you are blind to this man’s failure. we need someone in here to create a better atmosphere instead of this bullshit dantoni is running.
        if this guy is somehow kept and the Lakers bring in better players, he will have a tough time putting them into his precious system. he might be the only coach that could take over a team and bitch about the players.

        • hookedonnews

          Name one top potential free agent who could not be successful in MDA’s system. What’s wrong with the atmosphere? According to Jodie Meeks they all love playing for him. I don’t see this season as D’Antoni’s failure. I don’t think any coach could have done anything with this injury-riddled roster. Most NBA coaches can be fairly successful if you give them the right players. Are the Sixers and Bucks bad because they have horrible coaches or are they bad because they don’t have the players to compete? A great coach can make a difference, but he still has to have a reasonably healthy roster with good talent.

          • 3339

            I don’t trust dantoni one damn bit to be the leader we need. If the Lakers bring in better players he will have trouble adjusting to them. Steve Nash recently said Kobe and dantoni don’t work together.

          • hookedonnews

            I don’t agree that there’s any reason to believe D’Antoni would have trouble adjusting to better players. Yes, if they’re selfish ball-stoppers that might be the case, but I don’t think they’ll be bringing in that type of player. Why don’t you listen to that interview where Nash talked about D’Antoni and Kobe? That isn’t what he said.

      • Chrmngblly

        We can always count on you for the Pollyanna point of view, hook. You ignore the reality of life: “The good men do is oft interred with their bones while the evil lives after them.” That’s your daily Shakespeare lesson. MDA will rarely get the credit he is due. He will be blamed for everything and then fired in the name of getting a fresh start. That is how it goes, traditionally. It is what it is. Grow up.

        • Daryl Peek

          You’re the one who needs to grow up and get real man. Everything hooked laid out is fact that actually happened. It does not get realer than that. MDA may get fired or may stay but none of that changes the truth. This team was projected to be 12th in the west with a healthy Kobe, Nash and Gasol. Nick Young is our leading scorer at just over 17 PPG? That tells they whole story of lottery bound, end of (Real World) story.

          • Chrmngblly

            What the hell does anything you said have to do with anything I said? MDA will most likely get fired whether he deserves it or not. Like you say, Mr. Sheep, the FO does not listen to the fans.

        • hookedonnews

          I don’t think it does go that way traditionally because I don’t recall a situation quite like this one. If he’s fired it will be because of the lack of support from the fan-base (the negative are always the most vocal) and people like Magic Johnson who still haven’t gotten over the fact that he was hired over Phil Jackson. It will be purely a public relations thing. It he isn’t fired they are going to catch hell from people like Stephen A. Smith who has said that even though he hasn’t had a team that he should be fired because that’s what Laker Nation wants. What team makes decisions based on that kind of stuff? I guess we’ll find out in a few days.

          • Chrmngblly

            Come on, hook. Quit acting like Rebekah of Sunnybrook Farm.

            You make me feel bad for crushing you all the time. Not really. But if I saw your penis crawling across my sidewalk early in the morning with the other snails and slugs, I would avoid stepping on it—just because I like you and I am your friend…:-)

            Snap out of it. I know you still believe in the Easter bunny, but I have more bad news for you….

          • hookedonnews

            I’m under no illusions, but the Easter bunny? You can’t be serious.

          • Chrmngblly

            Sometimes they just fire people to get a fresh start. It isn’t an issue about “deserving” or what is “morally right” or “fair”. It is just business. Sometimes you have to clean house. Do you really think the Lakers are going to be feared by anybody next year, regardless of what they do?
            Not likely. I expect them to draft someone who will take a year to get used to the pro game and possibly snag one guy—either Bledsoe or Monroe, depending on who they draft. It takes time for a team to gel, so they will just be a 500 team. If MDA stays, the fans will scream for blood. If it is the new coaches first year, the fans will give him a pass and say it was only his first year. MDA can’t really win, no matter what.
            Are you excited about the Easter Bunny? I am.

          • hookedonnews

            $4 million is a lot of money to waste to get a fresh start unless they want to turn the team over to Kurt Rambis, which would be a colossal mistake. At this point I don’t know what to expect although it’s likely MDA will be fired.

            I agree that they’re probably going to be a 500 team (although they could exceed expectations if Kobe & Nash are healthy and Gasol returns), and hiring another coach seems like a poor business decision under those circumstances. If the team plays well the fans might calm down a little, although I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. Making a coaching change is just going to be another disruption with the potential of a new system, etc.

            Suns aren’t going to let Bledsoe get away, Not sure who else they might want to bring in. They are rumored to be interested in Deng, but most of these rumors are questionable at best. Biggest question is whether Kobe will be the guy we expect him to be and whether he can stay healthy.

            Unless the Easter Bunny is bringing a 7 footer who can rebound, block shots, score 20 points a game & run the floor, I’m not excited.

    • Tee

      I had great hope for Nick Young until he made this statement. How in the world can you say that this nothing of a coach deserve another year. Maybe both of you should walk together and get out of Laker land. This has been the only year that I have called my Lakers the AKERS because this team is not the for real Lakers. Nick Young I as greatly disappointed in You.

  • Mitch

    Mike D’Antoni was ranked the 20th 20th 20th best coach in the NBA.Let that sink in.

    • hookedonnews

      He was also Coach of the Year 10 years ago. What’s the difference? Players.

      • Chrmngblly

        Ten years, fool.

        • hookedonnews

          The point is that you don’t go from Coach of the Year to an idiot in 10 years. He was successful because he had the players. An honest assessment of his years in Phoenix and even in NY where he went into a bad situation will tell you that he’s a good coach. Give him the players in LA, and you’ll have a good team. It’s not that complicated. Even the best coaches have bad years when they don’t have the players.

          • Chrmngblly

            You are desperate. Where ever MDA goes, he gets the same knocks: No D and can’t use big players—over his whole career. No matter what team. No matter what year.

          • hookedonnews

            He used Amare Stoudemire pretty well. Same goes for Tyson Chandler. You are living in the past. Most big men these days would have no problem in the D’Antoni system. They’re fast and they’re good outside shooters. And the “no defense” moniker is just an oft-repeated phrase based on the Suns years where the opposing team had a lot more opportunities to score because of the pace of the game, but didn’t win a lot of those games regardless. The LA experience is not definitive in that area because of the injuries, the lack of good perimeter defenders or a presence in the post (other than Howard who wasn’t close to 100% the whole time he was here), and the lack of a stable lineup due to the injuries. You can’t have a decent defense under those circumstances. D’Antoni has placed emphasis on defense in LA (unlike Phoenix although if you ever watched them they weren’t totally inept on defense), but for the reasons already listed hasn’t had much success in that area. Turnovers have also been a huge part of the defensive woes. That’s not desperation. Those are facts that are routinely ignored with the statement–D’Antoni doesn’t care about defense which is parroted by the fan who expects lockdown defense from players who are constantly in and out of the lineup due to injury and were never known to be great defenders for the most part.

      • Josh

        Not a great argument. Avery Johnson, Sam Mitchell, and Mike Brown have won the award in the last 10 years as well. That award means even less than MVP. Phil Jackson only won it once…

        You’re right that players are the difference, but it is also players that usually win Coach of the Year awards.

        • hookedonnews

          Some great coaches have also won that award. You’re right that the players make a real difference. However, D’Antoni brought in a new offensive system that was a part of that success and that Coach of the Year award. The fact that the Suns were a bad team before he arrived also plays a part in it. If you listen to other NBA coaches you will find that they believe MDA is a good coach. Given the right players he can be very successful. Given an injury-plagued team with sub-par talent any coach is going to have a problem winning games.

  • Mitch

    Mike D’Antoni is the 30th best coach in the NBA according to me and the fans.

  • Mitch

    ESPN better STFU once D’Antoni is fired it is well deserved you said so yourselves by ranking that SOB D’Antononi 20th we are the Lakers Nation looking for a top 5 NBA coach.Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ESPN and their double standard BS.SMFH @ MDA.

    • RockHound

      get that ass mitch

  • Mark

    MDA was 20th out of 30 coaches? Hell, he deserves a raise then. Given the roster they gave him, it’s nothing short of a miracle he’s not 30th.

  • Aditya Sriram

    I disagree . FIRE Dantoni

  • cyborgspider

    “Alright Mitch, the season’s over. Time to evaluate things. First thing’s first, how’s the coaching situation?”

    “Well Jim, injuries derailed our season and the team was awful defensively. Maybe we’d be better served to start a new direction, a new outlook, get the past behind us and hire someone new”.

    “But Nick Young believes he deserves another year.”

    “OH THEN BY ALL MEANS KEEP HIM. Nick carries so much clout in this organization! And I’m totally not being sarcastic, Jim.”

    “But we don’t listen to Kobe, we don’t involve him in personnel matters… Pau wants him gone and he helped us win two rings..”

    “JIM. This is NICK… motherfing… YOUNG. If you don’t believe in the Swag, you don’t believe in NUTHIN’”

    “Alright. One more year it is. Dad would be so proud”

    - an alternate universe that never existed

    • Lakers Fan

      Freakin hilarious!! LOL!

  • Glmu

    Draft Jabari Parker, then hire Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski who Kobe adores.

  • Erman

    Nick Young is a joker and this is his funniest joke ever.Thanks for the good laugh.

    • Chrmngblly

      What did you want him to say, on-the-air, about his current and possibly future coach? Give Nick a break.

  • Erman

    Mike D’Antoni overused my guy Bazemore and Kobe they both are on IR.F MDA!

    • hookedonnews

      If he’s hadn’t played Bazemore you would be griping because he didn’t play enough. D’Antoni gave him an opportunity to play that he hadn’t gotten anywhere else and has made him more likely to actually have a better career. His prospects are brighter now since coming to the Lakers. Since when are the coaches responsible when players are injured? Kobe bumped knees with another player in his 6th game of the season and broke his knee. How is that MDA’s fault? Who’s responsible for Nash’s broken leg? Mike Brown? How about Andrew Bynum’s knees? Phil Jackson responsible for those? These are the kind of comments that give Laker fans a bad reputation. Injuries happen to every player sooner or later unless they’re extremely lucky.

      • Jancis

        I hear ya man. I’m no MDA fan, but everyone putting all the blame on him are idiots. At different times this season, Meeks and Young injured themselves when after taking a jump shot, they fell and stepped on a defenders feet. What? did MDA wave his hand and change their angle of descent so they would step on the defenders feet? Also, Farmar injured himself on a breakaway lay-up when he landed awkwardly after the basket. What? Should Farmar have just walked down the court and forget that he had a breakaway opportunity in front of him? Some of my fellow Laker fans have just completely lost it.

  • Erman

    Lakers must fire the circus clown Mike Dummytoni the phony bologna.I hate MDA!

  • Ganja

    Mike D’Antoni has seizures on sideline when he coaches he starts shaking and twitching and yelling,man this Nick Young cat is funny as hell.He wants D’Antoni to continue having a coaching job while D’Antoni keeps having seizures.SMH.

  • Ganja

    Mike D’Antoni has seizures.

  • imbwar

    And now I figured out why Kendall stood there and watched…

  • Ed Chavez

    Any offensive talent seeking a stats boost and bigger contract would want to play with D’ambPhoney and hoist up a billion shots while not being held accountable on defense LOL. It’s a no brainer.

  • KB24

    MDA MAYBE a good coach(?) BUT WE MUST HIRE THE RIGHT COACH(SLOW PACE,TRIANGLE,KNOWS HOW TO USE BIGS and most of all knows how to paly DEFENSE

    • Josh

      You really think this group of d-leaguers could run the triangle?

      • Garry

        Or even play defense no matter how much you teach them and schemes you use? The next time Marshall and Farmar stays in front of their man will be the first, and the next time Pau and these other bigs protect the rim will also be the first.

  • Jancis

    If the plan is a slow rebuild, then just keep MDA. Next year will be no better because the FO is looking ahead to 2015 and 2016, and I think that’s the smart way to go right now.The era of the quick-fix “home run” rebuilding on the fly is over. It’s time to be methodical about this.

    Besides, what message will firing him send to the other young up and coming coaches and veteran established coaches out there about the Laker job? You get 2 years tops to install your system, Oh, and did we mention we are giving you a barren cupboard to work with, and if you don’t make the West Finals you’re out?

  • Chrmngblly

    What else could he have said about his present and possible future coach during an interview? Haven’t we all told a fat lady she was pretty before?

  • sedls

    10-9 is not a good start to the season. Our history is not built on mediocrity

    • hookedonnews

      That was a good start considering the roster. Kobe was out, and Nash & Gasol weren’t close to healthy.

  • Fred Elliott Sr.

    Laker fan since 1969 and ALWAYS will be BUT ! I don’t want to see another year of gunning shots and even if they make it, they turn around and give it back. I’m 57 and could still beat my 3 sons to 21 until Iwas 45 using Rick Fox bank shots and Kareem Sky hooks. This collection of mostly scrubs gave up RECORD amounts of points the worst being to the Clippers. Any and everybody cold get 10 points on lay ups alone. Kaman wasn’t injured played defense and scored every game he played, but that’s just it Dandummy wouldn’t play him. He took players to old to run all the time and broke them down! IF I had played full court against my sons, my old ass wouldn’t have won a single game. Dandummy was offered money for a defensive coach and hired his brother because he wanted to do it his way. He PROBABLY decided to play Nash one more game so the Lakers could pay “his broke when they signed him ass. They saw him laying on the floor in Phoenix because his back was busted. Kind of like buying a car with serious front end damage, THEN wondering why your tires wear out fast and your car steers funky. I would have duct taped Nash to a gurney before he played that 10th game. I’m Cupcake and Jimmy I hire Scott and Cooper. At least they’re Lakers !

  • Fred Elliott Sr.

    Kobe, Meeks 5 million Bazemore 1.5 Jordan ( resign ) Swaggy 5 million Kaman ( resign AND play ) EAT Nash’s contract ( pay and release ) Pau ( release as he can’t guard paint ) dump the scrubs and pray for a miracle pick ! These dummy’s couldn’t even tank good !

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