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Lakers News: Shaq Defends Mike D’Antoni, Criticizes Dwight Howard

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Since Dwight Howard’s arrival in Los Angeles, Shaquille O’Neal has been highly demanding and critical of him. Throughout the season, O’Neal demanded “28 points and 15 rebounds” and applied a lot of pressure on Howard to perform. After deciding to join the Houston Rockets, O’Neal wasn’t surprised about Howard’s decision to leave Los Angeles.

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In a phone interview with NBA TV, Shaq reiterated these comments but also came to the defense of Mike D’Antoni, who received an indirect parting shot from Howard:

“I heard a discussion about Mike D’Antoni not fitting Dwight’s style. That’s false. I played for Mike D’Antoni. He loves the big man and Dwight is a pick-and-roll big man. He has about a hundred million pick-and-roll plays to get Dwight involved.”

In addition, O’Neal criticized Howard for not making minor adjustments to his game to help the team win:

“It’s about what you do and about what you get your teammates to do, to win. Just think about it, before I was introduced to the Triangle, was I a Triangle player? I was not a Triangle player. Phil Jackson brought in that boring Triangle. I listened to what he said, but I added a little bit of my own stuff to the Triangle to it. Kobe added a little bit of his stuff to it and we got everybody to work together. That’s what you do to win championships.”

At the end of the day, O’Neal believes it’s up to the players, not the coach, to win championships:

“It has nothing to do with the coach. You know that and I know that. It has nothing to do with the coach. It has everything to do with you.”

Throughout the season, Dwight Howard wasn’t pleased with his role in D’Antoni’s system. Howard wanted to establish himself as a back-to-the-basket player when he is truly a pick-and-roll big man. It took Howard until after the All-Star break to make minor changes to his game to ultimately help the Lakers make the playoffs.

It will be interesting to see how D’Antoni is received by the fans now that a former big man who played in his system has come to his defense.

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  • Janice S. Roberts

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  • LIBERTAD

    houston you have the problem

  • Jim213

    Diesel, trying to buy D’Antoni another year?… He doesn’t fit the Lakers style of play with the current roster… It would be useless for him to try to tweak his style now or change it since he’s been a run and gun coach since the beginning.

  • hookedonnews

    For once I agree with Shaq 100%. I also agree with the author’s description of why Howard wasn’t more successful this season (apart from his health). I would like to think that a light bulb would go off in the heads of the MDA haters, and they would listen to someone like Shaq who actually played for D’Antoni. I would like to think that, but I’m a realist. I know that you’re not going to change the minds of those who will never give D’Antoni a chance because they wanted Phil Jackson and they didn’t get him. If you take a look at any comment thread regarding the Lakers you will see any number of “we want Phil” postings (no matter what the subject) even though Phil Jackson has said that he’s no longer able to coach because of his physical condition. You would think that his fans would listen to what the man says occasionally. It’s too bad that egos (Howard and Kobe) and injuries prevented this team from having the kind of year we had all hoped they would have. Now Howard is gone (thanks for the condescending offer to teach him what he had already made plain he didn’t want to learn from you, Kobe, and thanks, Dwight, for refusing to grow up a little and take your place in that line of great LA centers), and we’ll never know what might have been accomplished.

  • Danny Guzman

    Phil Jackson greatest coach of all time wouldn’t have been able to overcome the injuries the Lakers suffered either. MDA didn’t have his type of players last season and took the players that fit Mike Brown’s system. Interesting to see how this year plays out

  • jose c

    Mr Howard is gone, time to move on

  • Jokobe

    I mean Shaq making a point about how he had to learn to adapt to the triangle is somewhat legit however, Phil’s triangle was focused on HIM while Mike D’s is focused on Nash and shooting the ball within 7 seconds of possession. The Lakers are an old team and don’t have the legs to play that type of offense.

    • CharlieMurphy!

      That’s right, Shaq was a bench player when he was in Phoenix most of the time. Because he couldn’t run with D’antoni’s team. If we’re stuck with D’antoni, might as well get the players he wants. We can’t force slow, low stamina players to play on his system.

      • The Greatest

        Not a bench player at all, started every game and averaged near 19 points per game… 2nd/3rd option on the Suns, similar to Dwight Howard on the Lakers offensively.

        • Jokobe

          Not quite 19, more like 17pts / 8 reb a game. His last year at Phoenix was probably his most complete season in his later years.

          • Dwightmare fan

            HOW OLD WAS SHAQ POSTING UP THIS NUMBERS COMPARED TO DWIGHT???? SEEMS LIKE YOU ARE A HOUSTON FAN!!!

          • Jokobe

            You’re an idiot. I’m a lakers fan for life. Have been since i was 5 years old (29 now). I just choose to remain objective when discussing things such as stats. My comment in no way indicated I was a Houston fan. What’s with the caps though? GTFO

          • The Greatest

            I thought Dwight could have fit in if he really chose to adjust his game and really wanted to team with Kobe, but clearly he didn’t want to have to compromise himself for KOBE’S Lakers… Unlike Shaq, who was able to coexist with Kobe for enough years to 3-peat, Dwight in my opinion didn’t have the mental strength or heart to change his ways. It’s going to be interesting to see how Kobe performs in these final years of his career.

          • Jokobe

            I agree. And those comparing Kobe to Ray Allen are clueless. Ray Allen’s ceiling was only like probably 70% of Kobe’s. Kobe is 34 and playing better than Allen EVER played in his whole career. It’s safe to say when Kobe’s 37,he’ll be a better player than Allen at 37.

          • The Greatest

            Pause yo… Who’s even saying Ray Allen is in the same LEAGUE as Kobe tho? Kobe’s pretty much an unanimous Top 10 player of all time, while his naysayers would rank him in the Top 15… Not even Allen stans would put him close to Kobe. I’d like anybody to try to form an argument that states Ray Allen’s career can even compare to Kobe’s.

          • Jokobe

            I’ve been seeing it on LN lately. All these clowns mentioning Ray Allen and consider him a player Kobe will resemble when he hits his late 30′s. BS right?

          • The Greatest

            I do agree with your earlier point tho… D’Antoni’s offense doesn’t fit the Lakers at all right now, with the whole starting lineup well over 30, and Nash pushing 40…

    • ra

      The Sun’s former offense, when Shaq was there, was called ’7 seconds + Shaq’. No one is slower than Shaq in running across court, so anyone, even in their 30s, could probably handle running across court. Maybe not 7 seconds, but 10 seconds might be ok. Or, if 3 people can run 7 seconds, that would be good too.

  • Arsarn Wynxz Panichkit

    I really agree with Shaq. Dwight is probably the most physically talented as a center right now but he’s mentally crippled. He blames everything but himself. This is no champion’s mindset. If you look carefully, all champions are responsible for their own results. MJ does, LBJ does (he used to blame, but when he changed he wins), Kobe does, every champion does but Dwight. You have one bad season with bad luck of injury-plague team. You need to understand this. You don’t move away from problems. You face it and make it better. That’s what champions do. Until Dwight gets this mindset, he won’t be any champion. Nuff said.

    • Jokobe

      You just hit the G-spot on Dwight’s Pussy Personality.

  • Daydreamin

    What happens if Rockets get a wonderful season. Who is the blame on the Lakers 2012-13 season?

    • Dwightmare fan

      Ofcourse, they will have better season but will that guaranty in the playoffs? what if they meet the Clippers which I hope than I would laugh so hard!!! and say he is still a LOOSER AND WON’T GET A RING FOR THE YEARS TO COME !!!

  • Dwightmare fan

    TOTALLY AGREE WITH SHAQ!!! ANY COACH AT MIAMI COULD HAVE WON A CHAMPIONSHIP!!! IT’S THE PLAYERS THAT WILL HAVE TO EXECUTE. HE WANTS TO BE THE MAIN ATTRACTION WITHOUT ANY EFFORT. I CAN NOT WAIT WHEN THEY WILL FAIL!!!

  • Qing Zhang

    We will soon find out if it’s Howard’s problem,or D’Antoni’s problem, or the aging factor that caused the Lakers to struggle. My prediction is that we gonna find it’s Howard’s problem + the injuries

  • TYRANCE RAY

    ADAPT TO THE GAME AND PLAYER’S , COACH DOESN’T PLAY THE PLAYERS DO
    ROCKETS RUN MORE THAN THE LAKER’S AND HE STILL WILL BE SECOND OPTION, HARDENS THERE………………L.A….WILL WIN 1 BEFORE HOUSTON WILL, SHOULD’VE STAYED, ASK ARZIZA, I MIGHT OF SPELLED IT WRONG BUT ASK HIM………..

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