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Lakers Rumors: D’Antoni Knew Kobe, Pau Didn’t Want To Play For Him

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In the wake of the news of Mike D’Antoni’s resignation as head coach of the Lakers, the main reasoning seemed to be that the Lakers refused to pick up his fourth-year option. But things may have gone deeper than that.

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According to the NY Daily News’ Mitch Lawrence, D’Antoni realized that he didn’t have the backing of the two longest-tenured Lakers:

Bryant told the Lakers several weeks ago that he didn’t want to play for D’Antoni next season when he returns from a knee injury. D’Antoni also knew of the team’s plans for the re-signing of Gasol this summer when he becomes a free agent. So if he had stayed on, it promised to get ugly quickly and he probably wouldn’t have lasted past Thanksgiving.

There had been rumors floating that Bryant told management he didn’t want to play for D’Antoni, and the disputes between the former coach and Gasol have been well-documented at this point.

D’Antoni supposedly even told an old friend, ‘I know that Kobe and Pau don’t want to play for me.’

It does beg the question as to why D’Antoni decided not to take the Marshall head coaching position if he realized that he wasn’t going to return next year. There was mutual interest between the two sides but ultimately D’Antoni’s brother Dan took the position.

It is also interesting to note that this report fully expects the Lakers to re-sign Gasol. Obviously the team will try to bring him back, but it seemed far from a foregone conclusion that he would return.

Regardless of the reasoning, D’Antoni and the Lakers were able to come to a mutual parting and now the Lakers must make their decision on who will take over from here.
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Mike D’Antoni Resigns As Lakers Head Coach – Magic Johnson Says He Couldn’t Be Happier

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  • Matt Williams

    In other words, it was inevitable that Mike O’Antoni was leaving. Whatever, I’m just glad he did.

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  • independentbynature

    Kobe and Pau didn’t want to play for Antoni?Really?Everyone but DP and HookedonAntoni knew that.

    • Levels

      You took the words, right out of my mouth….smh….

      • independentbynature

        I know.I just got to it first.LOL.

  • Joseph Rejekt

    “It does beg the question as to why D’Antoni decided not to take the Marshall head coaching position if he realized that he wasn’t going to return next year. ”

    He more than likely would rather find a job coaching in the NBA and when pitted against his brother for the job, probably would have rather seen his brother working than himself. Probably a selfless move on his part with his brother but also selfish in that he’d rather be coaching at the highest level and now down in the college ranks.

    • independentbynature

      I think he was trying to force the Lakers to pick up that 4th year option.After all,the FO was stupid enough not to fire him ten seconds after the season ended.Hard to believe he thought he had earned it,but he does have a huge ego.

      • Chrmngblly

        It’s also hard to believe someone as easy to lampoon as DP could still be pining away for MDA, his lady-love, as he is. I even thought DP was away on a sea cruise nursing his broken heart or something, since he was not anywhere to be found, once MDA threw in the towel. I’ve also never seen a man crawfish like DP when you try to pin him down on this little love affair he’s been having with the MDA version of small-ball.

        • independentbynature

          That’s nothing compared to Hook.He’s still doing it on the Lakers Nation Roundtable thread.He just replied to me again about it.He just won’t give up.Check it out for yourself.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah, It’s getting sad. I feel bad for him. Maybe we should lay off of him. Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

          • independentbynature

            I would if he’d just shut up about how great Antoni is and how wrong and unfair we are about him.It just makes me sick.Both Hook and DP have asked me not to reply to them any more.I’m honored.

          • Sylvia Ross

            Do you really care ?

          • independentbynature

            Oh no.I prefer it.But Hook keeps trying to get in the last word.He reminds me of an ex I had and that’s why she’s an ex.

  • iDontCare

    Yeah?

    • vdogg

      nah. i want exum in purple and gold next year.

      • KingEmperor

        Exum or Smart is the real deal men!!

      • cj

        we dont need exum we have farmar and marshell we need a sf or c.

        • kookiebuger

          Farmar and Marshall aren’t going to stop CP3,Curry,Westbrook,Rondo,Parker,Irving,and maybe Rose. The Lakers need a Center (Emiid), Small Forward (Wiggins/Parker), and a Point Guard (Exum/Smart) in that order.

          • vdogg

            small forwards, and decent ones, can be had in free agency — ariza, deng. there are some halfway decent centers out there, too. the lakers need a game changer and a future star at the PG position, and exum is it.

          • nlruizjr

            I agree, IMO Exum is the Kobe 2.0 !!!! but alittle more team oriented.

          • cj

            then you never watched young kobe. exaum cant shoot and hes not super athletic. he is more like a in his prime jason kidd.

          • cj

            the league is full of pgs. farmar and marshall are a great pg rotation. enless he falls to the 7th pick in the draft there is no reason we will be calling out his name come draft day. because if were top 3 embiid, parker, and wiggens all fit our needs better and i dont see exaum falling to 7.

          • nlruizjr

            for someone that can’t shoot and is not super athletic you have going before the 7th pick, isn’t that kind of contradictory, plus my impression on Exum is based on people that have experience in draft picks and it’s funny how they have Exum in possibly the top 3-4, exactly what are your credentials ????

          • cj

            he is a big pg that can pass. the people with the credentials agree with me. the knocks on his game are his out side shooting is suspect and hes not overly quick. the reason he is going to be a top 5 pick is because he is 6-5/6-6 with long arms that can pass. he looks like a guy that could get his team 15p-9a-5r a game for most of his career but he is still looked at as the 4th maybe 5th best player in this draft.

          • nlruizjr

            * DraftExpress/ESPN have him as their 3rd overall pick in the 2014 draft (ahead of Jabbari Parker, Marcus Smart)

            * Has the length, speed and Athleticism to to EXCEL at either guard position.
            * 2013 Nike Hoop Summit A. Wiggins (projected #1 pick) had 17pts., 9 rebounds, 4 assists in 31 min. vs. Exum with 16pts., 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in 22 min.
            * elite penetrator skillsto the basket
            * yes, his jump shot is suspect but I believe MJ,KB and LJ had that problem also, plus the fact that he is only 18 and will turn 19 on 713/14
            * His game resembles Penny Hardaway’s, in the Gold Metal games, Exum dropped 33pts. against Spain (Gasol Bros., other NBA team mates) and almost single handedly almost took the Aussies to the Gold Metal match against the USA.
            Now cj for some reason these evaluations don’t seem to match yours !!!!!!

          • Robert J. Carmack

            Hell man, You just described Kendall Marshall -duplicative!!

          • vdogg

            it isn’t full of 6’6 PGs with blazing speed!

          • Levels

            Good points you’re making, but how can stop CP3, RW, RR,TP,KI and Drose…. and yes in exactly in that order they need to look at…

          • cj

            exum would not be cant stop them either. marshall is 22/23 and coming into his third season he can be a starter in this league in a few more years. farmar is a solid defensive pg with the right coach. we need a center or sf. there is no way we get exaum enless he falls to us at 7. because if were top 3 there are three players that fit our needs more then he does.

        • jackmouve

          Dont need a sf either, we have Swaggy… we need a TRUE Center. If anything at all. I like our current team with Kobe and Nash back and a defensive coach.

          • cj

            i love swaggy but he is not a true sf. he is a combo 1-2-3 that is at his best in the 1-2. hes to small to play the 3 consistently. the dream would be to get…………

            farmar, kobe, arzia, pau, embiid
            marshall, meeks, young, kelly, hill.

            with a good defensive head coach.

          • vdogg

            “farmar and marshall are a great PG rotation”.. in what universe, exactly? exum may be raw and inexperienced, but the guy is a 6’6 PG! his size and speed alone should help mitigate those shortcomings. i like embiid, but let’s be real — his body couldn’t hold up during a 22 game season — i’d be wary of counting on him for 82 plus games.

  • Betto

    In my opinion, win win situation would be head coach: Kevin Ollie. Former NBA player turned coach and has a championship under his belt even if it is NCAA. Assistant coaches: Byron Scott and Fisher. Fisher has no prior experience being a coach, would take him 2-3 years for him to be a good coach and Byron Scott has fallen off from his CoY aura, so my choice if the Lakers can get him is KO. Ka-pow!!

    • vdogg

      no way byron is going to be an assistant again. the only reason he failed in CLE is because his first year became an instant rebuild (lebron left). b. scott is the man for the job, with fish serving as an assistant coach.

    • Chrmngblly

      I am high on KO because he is a philosopher like John Wooden. I think he may have it to good where he’s at, though. Kerr, I think they leave alone due to professional courtesy to PJ and we may wish to do business with those guys in the future. So maybe Fish.
      If they get Fish a couple good assistants, he could succeed. He will need humility and Kobe and Pau supporting him.

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

      Hollins is still the best coach for the kind of personnel we have.. Kobe and Pau… they are going to be very good under his deliberate half-court offense, and team defense philosophy.

      • Tyrone Von Gilyard

        Hollins or thibodeau if they pull either one of them our defense is going to be impecable

      • comrade24

        i agree, but also think Kevin Ollie would be a good choice. i’m on the fence about Byron Scott. I think Thibodeau is a pipe dream. Might as well ask San Antonio’s permission to speak with Pop while we’re at it.

        • Levels

          What worries me is that he hasn’t coached in the NBA not even as an assistant it work/working for Kidd because Jason was a coach on the floor the only difference now is that he doesn’t have a ball in his hands and he has vets running the team on the floor who trust him… I don’t see Kobe trust Ollie… especially when he didn’t with NBA coach who have some success in the NBA… though I think in a few years Ollie will be ready.

        • nlruizjr

          actually B.Scott has better credentials than either of the 2 you mentioned but you could be right but I would tend to lean towards experience in the NBA.

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

          While I don’t discount coaching success in college, but then again, those are college basketball experience… I do believe that Ollie is a very tactical coach, but he needs to learn to command the respect of veterans, and not just veterans but superstar veterans, like Kobe. A this time, he will not be a good fit for the kind of roster and personnel we have. Maybe, as an assistant coach… that can work.

      • cj

        agree 100% hollins would save kobes and paus careers

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

          Yeah, Hollins head coach, then get Fisher and Ollie as assistant coaches… that would be awesome both in tactics and psychology.

          • cj

            agreed and this would give the lakers a look at a future head coach in fish????

    • comrade24

      Kevin Durant also said that Ollie was responsible for completely changing the culture in OKC, which is what we need. Might not hurt to have him coaching in 2016 when KD becomes a free agent either.

      • Levels

        Yes you’re dead on with what KD said…. however Byron has not only a great relationship with Kobe, he also has one with Kyrie Irving, who also has a great relationship with Kobe… and having Byron as head coach he focuses on both sides of the ball and having D Fish as an assistant he could also bring KD over due to the relationship D Fish has with Durant now…

      • Betto

        True true. I like KO better than Byron Scott, defense wins championships, Lakers would be better in defense with KO as the head coach in my opinion, he’s younger than Byron Scott, so he would be around for many years, hope something like Jerry Sloan..

        • nlruizjr

          What ! KO was a no name in the NBA vs. B. Scott,a 3 time champ, B. Scott has NBA coaching experience vs. KO with no NBA coaching experience, B. Scott has 4-5 finals experience in the NBA vs. KO with zero, B. Scott was selected to coach the West All-Stars during the 07-08 campaign vs. KO with zero. Byron is in his late 40′s or early 50′s, that’s not old for a coach, just means he has more experience.

        • comrade24

          it would be nice to have the same coach for many years like the Jazz had Sloan in Utah or Pop in San Antonio. It creates a sense of consistency of culture, which is definitely something needed right now.

    • jackmouve

      Why would it take Fish 2 to 3 year, look what Kidd is doing, and I think Fish would be better than Kidd.

  • vdogg

    this also just in, mike — snow is COLD.

  • R3N3GVD3

    once again i will say it
    Kobe doesn’t want to play for him
    Pau wont stay if he stays
    Dwight left cause he wanted Phil instead of him
    Carmelo would not come if he stays
    D’antoni was gone way before the season ended
    they were just waiting for him to resign

    • independentbynature

      How can that be?HookedonAntoni and DP told me those unfounded rumors were all false.

  • jeff

    It’ll be nice when looking for Lakers news we don’t have to see a picture of D’antoni’s mug anymore.

    • independentbynature

      You mean this one?LOL.

  • 3339

    funny I seem to recall saying this all season long and having some people on here saying it wasn’t true while kissing dantoni’s ass.

    • independentbynature

      You mean HookedonAntoni and DP were wrong? Say it ain’t so.They told me they know everything.

      • Sylvia Ross

        They sure did. Has anyone heard from them lately?

        • independentbynature

          Oh yeah.DP has not replied to me and I’m happy about that.But Hook just wont leave it alone.He just replied to me again 5 minutes ago.I think he’s love sick and heart broken.As a man,I’m embarrassed for him really.It’s shameful.LOL.

          • Emman

            You won’t hear from DP anymore because he was let go by His employer –Dantoni

          • independentbynature

            I think he’s on Jimmy Buss payroll,too.

        • independentbynature

          Oh,did you enjoy last night’s game as much as I did.I jumped out of my chair when Lillard hit that shot.I love it.Howard has gone fishing again.

          • ra

            Yes, that was an ‘amazing’ shot. I couldn’t believe it. After Howard was even ‘making’ free throws.

            Didn’t the Lillard shot look like a “Kobe” shot? It reminded me of that.

          • independentbynature

            Yes,it really did.He’s an amazing player.

          • nlruizjr

            that look on Dwights face said it all (because there’s nothing in between the ears) !!!!!

          • Sylvia Ross

            I really did feel sorry for him. I know I shouldn’t have but I did. I’m glad they lost though. Hope things are going to turn out the way we want them to.

          • independentbynature

            It was good to see the Mavs get blown out today,too.Can’t stand Cuban.I really don’t care that much who wins,now.I hope it’s not the Heat again,though.I just want to see the Lakers back where they belong.I’m hoping for a lucky lottery draw on the 20th and that the FO will use it wisely.I just love what I’ve seen of Embiid.He has a huge upside.I really could see him developing into the next Olajuwan or at the least another Anthony Davis of the Pelicans.Still can’t get used to that name.Then,if we can get Byron,we’ll be moving in the right direction again.Some good FA’s will be coming,too.I’m not much of a baseball fan,so summer drags on for me.I do like to play,though.I’m still a feared hitter at the church softball games.Old jocks never die,they just fade away.LOL.Lets hope for the best.I’m so glad Antoni is gone.Just gotta have faith sometimes.

  • e3bonz

    Who does Kobe like, or better yet will listen to, as a coach?

    • independentbynature

      Byron Scott.He mentored Kobe his last season with the Lakers

  • HookedonAntonisPENIS

    Omg why u do that to mike d(ick) antoni shit I’m so fucking gay for him I can’t even this is so unfair to him fuck kobe and fuck pau antoni and his huge cock is the SHIT!

    • independentbynature

      And yet,I’m the one who gets accused of being mean to Hook.LOL.

  • LBJSUX

    FUCK LEBRON

  • k.

    I think D’Antoni had a nice run with the Suns and was fortunate to have Nash in his prime. But if you look at his schemes and style of coaching he is much better suited for College basketball working with a fast pace offense and young energetic players.

  • jackmouve

    Can we please stop with the Pau Gasol stuff, a couple of years ago Kobe said as long as HE is a Laker, Pau will be a Laker. End of story. The Lakers won’t get rid of Pau and Pau won’t walk away from Kobe.

    • TheTruthKills

      He’s as good as gone. He wants to win another championship. Kobe doesn’t run the Lakers.

  • TheTruthKills

    I wonder if teams will consider D’Antoni for a coaching job given his track record. He walked away from every team he’s coached before he could formally get the ax.

  • WilhelmtheSad

    Of course it is true EVERYBODY knew that Antony is a loser and the thing that could happen is that they would suffer a career ending injury on a terrible team!

  • Alberto

    Whatever happened to those sorry ass Mike Dummytoni apologists and butt kissers???They were a couple of brown nosers for MDA.They are gone now with Dummytoni.See ya fools and never comeback until you get a clue on the NBA.Those hooked on Dummytoni guys are gone.Good riddance.

  • Alberto

    See we told all the Dummytoni apologist and idiots that Kobe would never play for the retard Mike Dummytoni.Good day to be a Lakers fan they are gone.

  • Lakers4Life

    “Bryant told the Lakers several weeks ago that he didn’t want to play for D’Antoni next season when he returns from a knee injury/”
    Considering his injuries were sparked by the abusing overuse of Dumbtoni, Kobe’s comments are right on the money. Anyway, no use beating the dead horse! All of us except a few here on LN are happy now with Dumbtoni out of here!

    • cj

      his injuries were not from overuse. they were freak injuries that can happen to anyone.

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