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Magic Johnson ‘Couldn’t Be Happier’ Mike D’Antoni Resigned

After weeks of uncertainty, Mike D’Antoni took control of his fate with the head coach resigning as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday after almost two full seasons with the team.

Immediately following the news breaking about D’Antoni’s resignation, Laker legend Magic Johnson took to Twitter to express his feelings on the matter:

Ever since the Lakers front office decided to pass on hiring Phil Jackson in favor of D’Antoni, the five-time NBA champion has been adamant that the team made the wrong decision. Magic couldn’t believe the franchise would pass up on the opportunity to bring back Jackson for a third stint considering his track record.

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As a result of Jackson being passed over, the Lakers have never been the same with the team struggling through two forgettable seasons, losing superstar Dwight Howard to free agency and Kobe Bryant suffering consecutive season-ending injuries.

Needless to say, nothing has gone right for the Lakers lately and D’Antoni deciding to step aside might be the first positive thing to take place in quite some time. Magic holding nothing back with his comments was a bit surprising, but also refreshing considering it was exactly what he was feeling, rather than the usual potentially correct response.
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  • 3339

    Magic, like most of us, knew hiring dantoni was a terrible move. And look how it played out.

    • Jim213

      Still awaiting Kobe’s reaction.

      • independentbynature

        He’ll be reserved.But,inside he’s smiling ear to ear.

    • Daspin

      Magic is not happy about the events which took place. Relieved that it’s over is a better description of how how feels.

  • independentbynature

    Forget about political correctness.This is a great day in Lakers history.It will be remembered as the day the Lakers started the journey back to the top.

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  • Daniel

    Magic, coming from someone that have you as a sport idol, you missed you chance to shut the f.. up. Your comments shows you are am egomaniac with no class. The guy might not be the best coach in the world, but still he had a bunch of amateurs in the roster, and a few geezers that should have left the NBA, or at least the Lakers such as Nash, Kobe and Gasol. The only reason Kobe is still in the Lakers is because of the gratitude that the Lakers organization and the fans have over the past.
    So, don’t talk BS when you were also pathetic as a coach.

    • Brandon Leong

      nice one daniel, i too felt he is talking too much..classless legend

    • jamar p

      You sound stupid Kobe is still one of the best players in the nav and argueably the best to ever do it so learn the game

      • Daniel

        He was, my friend, just wait and see. The type of injuries he had, are not easy, at his age, after 20 years in the NBA? I doubt he will ever regain the physical condition to play the game the way he played. He can play post, yes, he can have 15 points a game, yes, but 40 minutes a game, dominating the game, guarding 22 years old, no chance.

        • John

          How’s that haterade taste faggot

    • Jim213

      Number 32 has the right to give his opinion being the 5 championships he’s helped to bring to the brand. Talk about class when you’re the one who’s using foul language? Magic expects better from the Buss family as Jim has mentioned that they’ve been groomed to run things for the last 20 years.

      Magic’s opinion tho to the point so STFU if you’re going to disrespect one of the top 2 all time Lakers.

      • mricks12

        love you Jim213!!!!! Couldnt’ve said it better myself!!!!!!

      • independentbynature

        The Lakers would not be what they are without Magic.The NBA would not be what it is without that Magic-Bird rivalry.People forget what it was like before them.Magic has earned the right to say it.And he’s right.

      • ChauDock

        Daniel has as much right to give his opinion as Magic. But, no one cares or will be talking about Daniel’s comments regarding Magic. Instead, Magic’s classless comments will lose some fan.

        LIke Daniel, Magic used to me one of my greatest sports idol. I was on the fence about him when he started trashing the organization, instead of giving constructive criticism. But, this latest comment about Mike D’Antoni really disappoints me.

        Like Barkley said tonight on TNT, ‘Magic is a bigger person than that’….or he should be.

        • independentbynature

          Antoni was a big mistake and the FO needed to be trashed for hiring him.A child could’ve seen this coming.The Jimmy Buss era has been a disaster.This is the chance for them to turn things around.They have some proving to do.Magic just said what 99% of us would.I find the truth refreshing.Antoni has done more than his share of running his mouth and I for one am ecstatic he’s gone.Barkley is an idiot.I’m tired of the undeserved excuses and praise for Antoni.He’s a gimmick coach and gimmicks are for losers.Since when has Barkley become diplomatic?Don’t make me laugh.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I think you would call any coaching hire a big mistake if the last two seasons went down the way they did (because of injuries). If they had hired Phil again, it wouldn’t have prevented knees from banging or labrums tearing or feet landing awkwardly. The injuries would have been the same, the record would have been very similar, and you would call bringing Phil back for a third stint a big mistake because he’s too old and doesn’t have a passion for coaching anymore.

            I’m glad for a fresh start, but MDA was not a “big mistake” with Nash and Howard in tow.

          • independentbynature

            I disagree,Josh.Hiring Antoni was a HUGE mistake.And not just because we could’ve had Phil.Antoni’s system was completely wrong for a team built for the triangle.Antoni was the wrong coach,if you expected to keep Howard.He is clueless as to how to utilize bigs.That decision prioritized Nash(a short term stop gap) over Howard,who was the key to the future.Phil would’ve meshed Pau and Howard,dealt with the Kobe,Howard rift and been much more successful the previous season.Howard probably would have stayed and everything would have been different.As for injuries,who can say?

            I too am glad for a new start.We can’t go back in time,but we can return to past glory.Thibs or Byron Scott are the best two options,IMO.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            The team was not built for the Triangle. Kobe and Pau (and Metta last year) were the only players on the team who knew the Triangle. Nash and Dwight were brought in to run a pick-and-roll offense, and that’s the way MDA uses bigs.

            Jordan Farmar explained the offensive system in his exit interview. The big is to set a pick, and roll to the basket for a layup. If there’s nothing there, pass the ball to the next guy. All the experts clamored over Dwight as being the best pick-and-roll big man in the game, but then he refused to play within that offense.

            Would Phil have been the guy for Dwight and Pau? He didn’t use Bynum and Pau together very well. He could never figure out a good way to use both guys together, so he ended games with Bynum on the bench.

          • independentbynature

            You forgot about Blake and Ebanks.So,that is 5 players from the triangle.Regardless,the team was not built for smallball.And both Bynum and Pau had great success playing for Phil.Both were allstars and they won rings.That’s your measure of not using them together very well?.Antoni does not use bigs at all.He puts a small forward,playing the 4,on the 3pt. line and plays a 4 at the 5.He has no clue how to use bigs.No doubt Farmar loved it.He’s a guard.I responded to you on the new thread.Why are you replying on this old one?So no one else can see it or comment?I had hoped this argument would have disappeared with Hook and DP.Some of you Antoni lovers just refuse to let it go.Lets move forward at last.Your guy is gone and good riddance to him.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Phil’s last year was the first year for Blake and Ebanks. I guess you could get away with saying Blake was there to run the triangle… Devin played a total of 118 minutes for Phil, so I doubt he had any idea what a triangle even looks like.

            Bynum didn’t have his breakout all-star year until Mike Brown came in and featured him in the post. Those two championships he won with Pau, Bynum only played 24 mpg in the playoffs; he started, but LO got the majority of the minutes.

            I don’t know where you want me to continue this thread as it won’t make much sense if it picks up in the middle on some other article…I was just responding to your comments here. And I’m not a D’Antoni guy. I’ve never cared for him. Didn’t like him or his style in Phoenix, he never had a chance in New York, and as much as I appreciated the idea of trying to bring back Showtime to the Lakers, I did not want them to become a team that lives and dies by the three like the failed MDA Suns and the failed SVG Magic. But the team was good last year under MDA when the roster was mostly healthy, and the problem this season was injuries and talent, not coaching. The coaching kept players engaged and positive in the worst season in LA Lakers history, and that can’t be easy.

          • independentbynature

            I really don’t care to continue talking about Antoni,Josh.He’s gone and it’s a new day.I’d rather focus on the future.I still get perplexed when people mention Antoni and showtime together.They don’t have anything to do with each other.You don’t really think Riley and Antoni share a philosophy,do you?I was at the forum for almost every game and I don’t ever remember the Lakers ignoring defense.Riles would have gone ballistic.To me,Antoni and his system are just a gimmick.Maybe I’m just old school,but it’s not how I learned to play or what I want to watch,either.The showtime Lakers ran when they could,but they went inside to Jabbar,too.I don’t care for Antoni’s personality either.Just rather talk about the future. off us this old thread.

          • movonup

            If you keep your Bigs at the top of the key 95% of the time the lack of rebounds will soon be apparent.

            That offense Farmer talked about, I don’t remember seeing it.

        • Jim213

          Valid points but there’s no need to use foul language to bash the players one has supported. Magic could’ve handled it better but IMO there’s more to this story being Magic and Mike than we know today.

          Barkley didn’t blame it all on Mike (as I do, FO issue) but if you heard Charles he also said that the Lakers were going to suck/stink for the next year or two. So everyone has their on and off nights.

        • ChauDock

          Everyone knows that Barkley is a Lakers hater. For Barkley to be the voice of reason/diplomacy says a lot about Magic’s comment. You can tell that once Barkley said what he said, none of the other guys wanted anything to do with Magic’s comments.

          If your or I made that comment, who cares, we’re just fanatics. But, for Magic to be in that fraternity and position to say that about another ‘brother’/coach? It sounds personal, vindictive, small/petty on his part.

          The point is if you’ve got something ignorant or nothing nice to say about a person, just keep quiet. Magic of all people should know that!

          • Jim213

            Valid points but if Daniel posted that in a non Lakers site (his opinion) just like here with the exception that he should expect other Lakers fans to have a different view/take especially since he’s using vulgar against one of the Laker greats. But what’s your opinion of Mike telling the fans to root for another team if they don’t support his team? :)

          • Chrmngblly

            Magic is railing against the ignorant Busses who hired MDA in the first place and were too gutless to do the right thing and just fire him at season’s end. The Lakers couldn’t change direction without changing coaches. Everyone knew that except Jimmy Buss—and you, Chau, and a few others.

          • Robert J. Carmack

            Amen!!! Thank you

          • Geoff

            If you have “nothing nice to say about a person, just keep quiet”? Really? Say that to Barkley.

          • ChauDock

            Really!

          • Robert J. Carmack

            magic is his own man… don’t be acting like he was doing a Donald Sterling, he’s passionate about the Lakers on court or off even in retirement… Like it or not Magic is King of the City right now.If wanted to be mayor, He could.

        • Robert J. Carmack

          I expect Non – champions to not know what it takes to win… Barkley has to my knowledge Never won a championship or led a team to a championship.. Barkley is a suck-up and jealous ex-player.. that why Shaq jams him all the time, Kenny just shakes his head at some of his statements. GUYS like KOBE & Magic, Bird, ,Jordan these guys are on a different level.. Nobody wants to settle for 2nd best.. … when Kobe left town Jim Buss got the message then, Right? Nobody ask Chuck anything, thats who should shut up!

    • Pooya Shay

      You are right. Magic did worse as a coach. But that is why he stopped being one. He would have said the same thing about himself about being the coach for the Lakers. And as a five time champ and a fan, he can say what ever he wants.

    • George

      Your comment is 100% accurate!

    • Ahmad Butler

      Antoni had to go.. Magic said what Laker fans where feeling..Antoni wanted to leave there is no way you demand an option pickup when you have the record he has.. injuries or not..GOOD RIDDENCE

    • Charles Moody

      Obviously u’r not a “basketball Fan” bc if u were u would’ve known dat was a Bad fit for Both parties. Dwight left, koby’s not happynd everybody knew dat his team was to old to play is style of play.#someCriticismisdeserved

    • Chrmngblly

      Really? Then why don’t you STFU? If coaching has anything to do with the right to speak your mind, you ought to shut up, too, don’t you think? But since it doesn’t, you are more than welcome to say whatever bullsh*t you have to say. MDA really doesn’t know why he can’t ever win anything—but neither does Jimmy Buss—which is why Magic is so ecstatic. Don’t you get it? No. That’s why he was trying to buy the team two days ago. Magic put his money on the table, so I will listen to Magic over you any day.

    • Erad

      You complete and utter fool. That roster full of amateurs? His fault.

      Dwight left because he had zero respect for Pringles or his flawed system, and I know this might be hard for so even like you to comprehend, but talent attracts talent. Had he prioritized keeping his 26 year old Hall of Fame center engaged, who by the way happened to be in a contract year, things could’ve gone so much smoother for him.

      As a rule of thumb, dissing a five time champion while taking up for a flawed, clown with no real success to speak of isnt the way to go.

    • Erad

      Eh

    • Erad

      Idiot.

    • Robert J. Carmack

      Don’t be Obtuse Daniel & Brandon… both of you are clueless , If you only knew how silly you sound.. Yes he tried coaching, Not for him , so now he’s became a billionaire when most thought he would be dead a long time ago..so don’t be so dismissive , being a coach is not not everything.. becoming an owner is better for the long haul. Don’t forget he helped to build that LAKER Brand, He has the standing to Talk Shytizzy….here, have a shot of Shut up juice!

  • Brandon Leong

    i know its good news but Magic talks too fking much…never knew a legend who ran his mouth so much everywhere.

    • Jim213

      A five time champ has the right to speak his mind.

      • Brandon Leong

        Yeah he can but like I said classless legend..don’t see kareem or kobe saying anything like a child seeking attention..fyi he didn’t do great himself as coach

        • Jim213

          No diss to any player but they’ve expressed their own opinions in a similar way (media) in past situations. Know about his coaching days but IMO it’s more so his disapproval with the FO than with Mike.

          Smh, not going to remark your classless view about #32 but he handled the Sterling issue with class and dignity.

          • ra

            Yes, Magic is certainly entitled to say what he wants. However, his specific statements are quite exuberant. It almost seems like a bit of hatred. I’m wondering if there was any ill feeling between Magic and D’Antoni.

            MDA’s style was closer to Magic’s style of play than any other coach today, so I couldn’t think that Magic just outright objected to that. Maybe it was, again, some sibling rivalry with the Buss kids for making MDA the choice (even though with Jerry Buss’s blessings).

            Outside of the ‘style’ of MDA’s coaching, is there anything else that you think would make Magic ‘happier than ever’ about his leaving?

            I can see some Lakers fans (esp. here at Lakers Nation) jumping for joy, kicking the heels up – but Magic is an ‘insider’ (I’m sure he knows about inner workings more than anyone else here). It couldn’t just be that he’s a Lakers fan, just like us here at LN, and simply expressing himself.

            Gotta be something else going on. Any thoughts?

          • Jim213

            Thought that too being that in some way it seems kind of personal but Mike’s expressed his opinion about Magic on certain things too. However, it may be that he’s displeased about Mike’s coaching given the past two season’s.

            Although, believe it’s more displeasure with FO as opposed to Mike but hopefully someone who has a better understanding of things can provide us the inside scoop.

          • independentbynature

            Antoni’s gimmick offense is nothing like showtime was.Antoni would have benched Kareem.Having been there for most of the games,I have to wonder where in the hell people could get that comparison.

          • Chrmngblly

            Of course. Like I just said, Magic just spent last weekend trying to buy the Lakers–not the Clippers. He and everyone smarter than DP and Hookedondantoni knew and admitted that MDA was a bad fit for the Lakers. If a man puts up his own money he has a lot more to say than Brandon or some of these other guys who are off on wild goose chases. Magic is not dissing MDA—he’s just happy this bad marriage is over.

        • Brandon Leong

          lolol why basketball getting soft? before 2000′s hit, everyone talking trash on and off court, why is it so different now?

    • Chrmngblly

      But you really don’t know any legends at all, in truth, do you, Brandon? Way too many of them run their mouths every night on TV–and don’t say anything.

    • Robert J. Carmack

      Be honest, I’ll bet you your next check from “The Gap”, U don’t know one professional Legend.. put up or shut up??

      • Brandon Leong

        i dont’? really just shut the hell up you troll

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I agree with Magic Johnson.Lakers Nation is couldn’t be happier.We out here.:-)

  • TheTruthKills

    Magic is fan just like us.

  • TeddyOrwell

    Got rid of Sterling and D’Antoni in one week. That’s progress for the city of Los Angeles. Now sign Byron Scott. That would surely make Magic Johnson and James Worthy happy. After that, maybe the basketball gods could bless us with a top five lottery pick and then things might be looking up for the purple and gold.

  • independentbynature

    Barkley is an idiot.Says Lakers would’ve sucked just as bad with Phil Jackson.We had a healthy Kobe and Howard back then.Under Phil,Pau and Howard would have meshed and defense would have been played.Howard probably would have stayed and this year would not have turned out this way.Barkley has always been a Laker hater. and a big mouth moron.

    • Jim213

      Barkley also expects the Lakers to stink next season. IMO, no use to reacquire Kelly, Young, and Wes since they fit Mike’s style. But if they bring back a similar roster being resigning more than 5-6 players (aside of the one’s already inked Nash and Sacre) things will still remain stagnant.

      Fill the 2nd unit with some of the better all around players on the roster and add 3-4 SOLID role players (FA) to the starting rotation. I disagree with Barkley but the ball is FOs court.

      • independentbynature

        We need interior defense and rebounding bad.The defense will immediately improve with Antoni gone.The offense should go inside out.Something similar to the Spurs attack would work better.If Kobe can return and stay healthy and we pick up the right role players,we’ll be a lot better.Half the roster needs to go.It will take some time,but we can move ahead now.If we can resign Pau to a reasonable contract,he would be an asset.It is up to the FO,now.At least their’s hope now.

        • Jim213

          Totally agree, but IMO one of the lakers issues is not having bangers inside. Aside of Hill and Kaman (somewhat) everyone else gets tossed around against the top teams. Like Magic’s brought up they get pick and rolled to death for a reason. Need more toughness inside.

          • independentbynature

            We really need Embiid in this draft.I see him developing somewhere between Anthony Davis and Olajuwon.His upside is tremendous.He’s only been playing a couple of years.Bigs are just so hard to get.I really can’t think of anyone out there that fits the bill.We need a physical rim protector.I guess a lot of teams do.Lets just celebrate tonight’s victory and hope for the best.I’m still not sure the FO knows what they’re doing.I know Jimmy doesn’t,but I’m really disappointed in Mitch.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah. Well, Mitch has a job because he doesn’t make waves but he still knows his stuff. Weird combination of qualities.

      • Chrmngblly

        Never happen according to Mitch–and I sort of agree with him. He will only sign a star FA, not role players, except for our own FAs. First, we will see about the draft, second, fix the front court–re-sign Pau or sign and trade him, say, for Chandler. Then fill in the blanks with Meeks, Young, Bazemore and Farmar and then look at the team.

        • Jim213

          ? Still need solid role players for the starting rotation (not over priced players). One can only have so many stars on the roster (cap). But IMO don’t believe FO will be going for big contracts this off season unless they happen land Love or Lebron (doubtful he opts out).

          Signing good players to one year contract’s or with a second year team option is possible and if a player gets amnestied (ex. Boozer?) they should be considered if they end up as FA’s in 2015 IMO. This would save their cap for 2015 and allow that player (amnestied) an opportunity to increase their value for 2015FA similar to what some players on this past roster have taken advantage with their one yr contracts as well as expiring contracts.

          • Chrmngblly

            I don’t disagree but we will need to find players that are not just marginal improvements over Kelly, Young, Meeks, Bazemore or Farmar. Marshall is already signed. Sacre is onboard, like it or not, but is very improved, cheap and much loved by the fans. Young and Meeks need to be signed.

            As far as stars, we have no idea of how well or even if Kobe will return to form. Nash is DOA. Pau is gone. What Stars do we even have?

            Mitch is going to watch the waiver wire, I am sure. First get us a coach someone will want to play for that believes in D.

      • Robert J. Carmack

        Hold on now, we keep Young & Meeks, Hill, Pau… Nash must retire too ,or asked to help coach, not play. Get Byron, Kyrie Irving PG backed by Farmar or Farmar switch over to 2 spot.. KOBE Move to 3 spot and Like magic came back as Power Forward, Kobe could play the sF defense & rebounds score 20 – 24 pts a game.

        • Jim213

          Defense #1 issue as FO has mentioned that Marshall will most likely return next season. Wouldn’t pick up his 2nd year option as there’s better all around players for cheap too. Don’t see Hill returning as he’ll most likely be paid more than $5 mil which Lakers FO won’t match IMO.

    • Chrmngblly

      Right.

    • Erad

      Yeah he’s a fool. Phil Jackson would e had complete buy-in from Dwight and altered the course of the the next few seasons DRAMATICALLY

  • mict2000

    Magic vulturing on Sterling’s still warm body, completely disrespecting a class act like D’Antoni. Classless racist Magic Johnson. What did D’Antoni do so wrong? Did the best with what he had. No class money-grubbing Magic. Magic has done nothing for LA sports in decades except hold our Dodgers hostage.

    • Tristan Boyce

      Hold the Dodgers hostage? Did you happen to see the part where he spent a kajillion dollars to put together a team that by itself could have been the NL All-star roster? If the Dodgers’ injury situation wasn’t so terrible, they’d be at the top. These past few years they’ve been considered WS contenders for the first time in 25 years. And this year they’re all the hype in the NL. He’s not holding them hostage.

      As far as what D’Antoni did wrong, he basically ran the only 3 proven players on our roster into the ground, along with ruining Pau by playing him out of position, and then ran D12 out of town.

      Also, if you hate Magic so much, why be a fan of the team that he was such a big part of in the most important era in NBA history when he & Bird revitalized the league?

    • independentbynature

      Was it a class act when Antoni told the fans to find a new team to root for?The hell with Antoni and his gimmick system.You are an idiot.Magic made the Lakers in the 80′s.No one was watching before Magic vs Bird.He told the truth.Antoni had to go.

      • mict2000

        I am NOT a conspiracy theorist, however @patrickhowleydc believes Magic Johnson leaked the Sterling tape to Harvey Levin at TMZ. Sterling, 81 and possibly suffering from dementia, had asked he be recorded because he would forget what he would say. Stiviano is friends with Magic. There is your connection and the motive is obvious. Magic vultured the Dodgers right after McCourts’ divorce. There is your history. I think it’s entirely possible. I am A Laker’s fan. I am also not a fan of racism and hypocrisy. Magic is not a Laker. He sold out to buy the Dodgers. Magic is a business man and you sheep keep putting money is his fat racist pockets. Magic isn’t a Lakers fan. He’s wants the Clippers. Delsuional fans make the worst arguments. Go back to Sea World, Billy Ho. Tell me how my aaaarse tastes. Go Lakers FMagic.

        • independentbynature

          Oh no.you’re not a conspiracy theorist.You’re delusional and you can taste own “aaaarse.”Just pop your head out and lick.Your tin foil hat is on way too tight.Someone left the door to the computer room open at the mental asylum and you wandered on in.Just get back on your meds and everything will be alright.It just looks like sea world to you.It’s really Camarillo State Hospital.

          • mict2000

            Gopher Cureself pussy. Its a topic of conversation and a possibility. Anyone with a differing opinion or unique POV is a nut huh? Sip the Kool Aid bitch. Ill punk you out like Bushwick Bill. Oxnard son what

          • independentbynature

            Get back on your meds.

          • Robert J. Carmack

            Lol. I’m just now reading this reply , I said almost the same thing he’s that Jack Nicholson character”Here’s Johnny”

          • independentbynature

            The Sterling scandal seems to have stirred up the haters and the conspiracy theorists.This one is creepy.2000 might be his birth year.That’s about the age of the average Clippers fan.

        • Robert J. Carmack

          YOU… You need to go home and take your meds… the pink elephants and strawberry people are leaving you behind… You are dissing the legacy, we need less fans like you.. U a shade-tree fan, are u even old enough to remember the 80s??

    • Jim213

      You might as well root for the Clippers. Mike is such a class act that he say’s that Laker fans who don’t support them can root for another team.SMH

      • mict2000

        Scratch my balls. I’m allowed to criticize my team. Root for these nuts.

        • Jim213

          Smh, your team? tell your your mom to get the raid to stop your pube lice itch. Class act Mike who disrespects the fans. Your entitled to your opinion but when talking trash about a Laker great best believe you’ll get dealt with!

          • independentbynature

            Ever since the Sterling scandal,the low-lifes have been crawling out from under their rocks.Jilted Clipper fans or just angry racists?This one is really creepy.

        • Robert J. Carmack

          does 2000 stand for the year you were born.. because u are Juvenile

    • Chrmngblly

      You are some big turd, dude.

    • movonup

      What class act are you fucking talking about. You mean the class D’Antoni showed when calling out Pau Gasol (World Champion/Allstar) in the media? Then fast forward 1 year later and complain that Gasol should not voice his own opinions in the media, that class act?

      Or when D’Antoni stated he didn’t care what Laker’s fans thought and if we did not like it we could root for another team, that class act?

      What are you talking about?

      I’ll give you one thing. D’Antoni is so completely myopic and self absorbed he couldn’t/wouldn’t change the style of basketball to fit the team he had. It’s not class but it’s conviction!

      This reply brought to you by, two cups of coffee!

  • Robert L. I.

    I’m as happy as a #PigInShit
    Come on Jimbo now is your turn….

    • Chrmngblly

      Spare us.

      • Robert L. I.

        No Jimbo lover. I guess small minds think alike. Maybe Jimbo will bring you in to help run basketball operations.
        Are you a bartender?

        • Chrmngblly

          What is the matter with you? But, yes, I would learn to bartend If I could get to make this call. I would seek outside counsel, just not from bartenders as you and Jimbo seem to prefer. As far as getting a turn, who do you think has been running the Lakers into the ground the last few years a his daddy gradually let out the reigns?

          • movonup

            Nothing the matter with me, instead of asking me to spare you how about asking Jim Buss to spare us? If you don’t have a problem with Jimbo then you are part of the problem.

            It blows my mind that bringing a “buddy” into basketball operations is ok with you. Lending an ear to a bartender instead of Jerry West and Phil Jackson… Are you kidding me? The fact that Jim Buss actually said he chose D’Antoni over Jackson because he didn’t like the way Jackson didn’t run up and down the court with passion. Don’t you get it? Jimbo’s over his head. He doesn’t give a shit. This is a toy to him.

            So I won’t “spare” anyone. Jimbo gotta go bro!

            And not even mentioned much is the fact that if D’Antoni didn’t want that extra year he’d still be coach. After all the one dimensional coaching the last two years, the alienation of his players over 6′ 6″. His classless calling out of a World Champion/Allstar Pau Gasol.

            Why gloss over all that? Isn’t it time? Isn’t it time to ask for Jimbo’s resignation? Don’t you think he’s done enough? Not only was Magic a player he’s also a fan like you and me, and I appreciate his honesty. He knows how Jimbo really thinks, so Magic keep it up. Laker’s fans deserve the best, and we don’t need a spoiled “Man Child” thinking and doing what experts can do 100% better… Don-cha think!

            This reply brought to you by, two very large cups of COFFEE!

          • Chrmngblly

            Don’t call me a Jimbo Lover. If I am his bar tender you are is girl friend. It looks like I’ve changed your mind and now you agree with me, actually. So I don’t think it’s Jimbos turn to run things—which we have already seen far to much of and you COULD spare us from hearing about—it’s his turn to go. You got to clarify, dude, you got to specify, you got to put in your commas…….:-).

  • Tristan Boyce

    The big question now is this: Will the FO make the right hire this time? They had the chance to bring back Phil last time, and didn’t. Now he’s in NY and the LAL front office has to make the smart move.

  • Lakers4Life

    I told you folks all along that idiot Dumbtoni will be gone soon, and now it’s finally out in the news :-)

    A bad day for the very few Dumbtoni cock-sucking lovers on LN — no need for names, we know who they are lol.

    What a glorious day in Lakers basketball history!!! Bye bye DUMBTONI~!

    • independentbynature

      You mean HookedonAntoni and DP ?

      • Chrmngblly

        Yeah, Hook and DP will be suffering from cock withdrawal syndrome (CWS) right about now. Two bigger ButtKissers never lived.

        If only the Buss kids would have sold the team to Magic. I hope we have not heard the last on this subject.

        Now let’s either bring back Pau or do a sign and trade with Phil for Tyson Chandler. And pray for Embiid.

        • independentbynature

          Sounds about right to me.

        • independentbynature

          Hook is finally back and bemoaning the resignation of his boyfriend.He’s calling him the best coach out there.Unreal….He’s still suffering from that CWS,I guess.

          • Chrmngblly

            LOL

          • independentbynature

            I couldn’t help it.I had to gloat a little.He has no shame to his game.

          • Chrmngblly

            It is really shameful–servile, even. He doesn’t even see what a dufus he is becoming. CWS. He misses being porked by MDA.

          • independentbynature

            Did you read his comment on Lakers Nation Roundtable?I just got done replying to him.Servile is a very good description of it.LOL.

          • independentbynature

            Lillard is my hero tonight for sending Dwight to the gone fishing list.I loved it.

          • Chrmngblly

            I hate to see it, really, hook’s not a bad fellow he just burrows in like a tick and no force of reason or lesson from history will sway him.

          • independentbynature

            I know.I mean,he’s polite and everything.But,he’s HookedonAntoni.No woman has ever loved me like he loves Antoni.LOL.

          • Chrmngblly

            Me, either—and I am good looking…:-)

          • Chrmngblly

            Yes.

  • boomer

    Coach D’antoni is a very good coach but the problem I have with him is, his style of play isn’t a well match with the Lakers. To me, Lakers roster has more older age players…. while D’antoni style is geared more towards younger and faster players

    • independentbynature

      He’s a coach with a gimmick system.That’s all he is.

      • Chrmngblly

        Actually, it’s even worse: it’s yesterday’s gimmick—which everyone else has already figured out and moved on from (Miami, SA). MDA keeps trying to recapture the glory of those early Phoenix years so he’s a prisoner in his own mind.

  • Terrell

    Sorry Magic, as much as I love the guy this is a bad play. It’s petty and classless. I’d expect this kind of reaction from the typical lynch-mob mentality sports fan, but not someone who HAS coached before and FAILED at it himself, and someone of his stature as a co-owner of a Pro Sports franchise.

  • Grant

    hey Magic, take lessons from your pal Larry Bird on how to conduct oneself as an upper level team executive.

    • Jim213

      Don’t forget SOCIAL MEDIA is different than business dealings. Everything #32 gets involved with within business prospers. How about Mike telling fans to root for another team if they don’t support his? But your view tho with regards to class your way off.

    • Chrmngblly

      Will you and Terrel wise up? Magic’s railing against the stone ignorant Buss family that he has just spent the weekend trying to buy-out, who never should have hired MDA in the first place. He’s laughing in their faces. JB keeps trying to prove what a great basketball mind he has and then hiring Bozos. Magic never kicked a man who was already down in his life. Wise up.

  • Knormal Ramson

    Coach K please!

  • Will

    If our draft pick gets hurt or kobe.. I will blame diantoni an the lakers for bringing back his undisiplined injury prone, free flowing offense.

  • jd

    Whats funny is these people think they can post their opinions and there’s nothing wrong with it, but when magic does he’s classless.

    • ra

      Not classless, but it makes me wonder if Magic had anything to do with D’Antoni’s leaving. Magic is a step away from the FO, and intimately connected with the Lakers (former player, former owner, potential future owner ?). Most everyone here at LN are not connected with the Lakers, except by being fans. So whatever we say is just ‘commentary’.

      What Magic says speaks volumes. Did he ‘personally’ hate Mike D’Antoni? Did he try to convince the Buss’s not to hire D’Antoni, and they ignored Magic. Did D’Antoni make public or private comments against Magic? Did he talk to Kupchak and advise him on ‘how to get rid of D’Antoni’?

      These are all valid questions. We don’t know. Again, we can all jump for joy, be pissed, whatever about this. But Magic is in the ‘inner circle’ of the Lakers. If he ‘jumps for joy’, it may be for entirely different reasons.

      To me, the ‘level of joy’ Magic expressed is actually a bit odd. I was just sensing a bit of overt hatred. Maybe D’Antoni was a PIA to the Lakers FO, and nobody knew ??? Maybe Magic should tell us more about this, but it makes us think that ‘something’ is going on there.

  • Dr. Rasheed

    I am excited just like Magic Johnson. A new ray of Hope rises in L.A.
    #Serena you look beautiful as always. Thanks for the update (Video).
    Thanks Ryan.

  • Sylvia Ross

    Thanks Magic, really appreciate you for voicing your opinion. It gave a lot of us the will to keep fighting to get rid of this man. A lot of former players felt like you I’m sure but wouldn’t voice their opinion. Thanks again.

  • Dougie FResh from the OC

    I should coach the Lakers. I guarantee a winning season

  • Louis Garcia

    D’antoni is a good coach, not great but good, he was in a tough situation in LA. If you fans remember Pau and Howard were on and off injured last season and this season everyone was injured at some point. I think what bothered most people is that Magic seemed petty in his celebration, he is a professional ans should act like one. After the Sterling audio came out there was all this talk about basketball fraternity , a brotherhood of players and coaches that stick together, yet this man is kicking a coach while he is down minutes after he lost his job. Magic was a competitor when he played and im sure there were players who did not like him as well as coaches, did anyone come out and say “Magic retired he has aids, couldnt be happier” He also coached the lakers and was absolutely terrible, players did not listen or respect him and noKareem or Worthy didnt come out and say “Magic is fired couldnt be happier” it was a very classless move and very hypocritical of Johnson.

    • Jim213

      “Yet this man is kicking a coach while he is down minutes after he lost his job.”.

      ? The definition of resign is that he QUIT/STEPPED down. Mike wasn’t fired he left voluntarily b/c FO didn’t want to exercise his 4th year option. Magic could’ve expressed himself better but the 5 time champ can say anything he wants. Never heard Magic insult the fans yet Mike could careless about the masses. Invalid point made IMO.

      • Louis Garcia

        You really think he voluntarily left? It seems more like he was pressured to leave, the Lakers only wanted him to stay next year because the team will be terrible, which makes it harder for them to land a big name coach, 2015 they will have lots of cap space and the job will seem more attractive. D’antoni was intelligent enough to see this. And no, just because he won 5 championships as a player does not mean he should be criticizing coaches, he attempted to coach a talented lakers team and failed miserably or are you just going to ignore that fact. You can’t talk about being united and respecting one another in the NBA family like he has spoken about since the Sterling incident and then turn around and be disrespectful to a coach who has shown him nothing but respect. Oh yea its because Magic is closet racist himself, doesn’t see D’antoni as part of the fraternity because he is white. It seems you have a personal grudge against D’antoni because of what he said about the fans, was it ok? no, it was a mistake he made out of frustration one of the few PR mistakes he made during his time in LA. Magic as an owner of a sports franchise should be held to a higher standard and not stoop to celebrating a coach’s untimely departure.

  • Alex K Tatiracanal

    I have no problem with what Magic tweeted, I guess Charles Barkley never said anything offesive.

    I’m tired of D’Antoni getting a pass. His supporters ALWAYS go back to the job he did in Phoenix. Well, why don’t they mention the job he did with the Knicks?

    He resigned from that job too.

    People make the excuse that the players don’t fit his system. Fine, but why take a job that you knew BEFOREHAND, the players wouldn’t fit your system?

    He didn’t want Pau Gasol from the very start. He wasn’t going to change his system to fit the players he had. And a team is supposed to tear up their roster to give D’Antoni what he wants?

    So what is D’Antoni’s system?

    I don’t know exactly what it is, but I do know they don’t play defense. I don’t care who was on the Laker’s roster this year, you shouldn’t be losing games by 20, 30, and 40+ points with mind numbing regularity.

    • Louis Garcia

      Its not about giving him a free pass, in this league you need good players to win, in NY he was brought in after Isiah Thomas put that team in the worst situation imaginable, outrageous contracts given to underperforming players, Walsh and D’antoni came in to begin the rebuilding process and they did make progress under he and Walsh, they were playing well and had a good nucleus of young players until James Dolan traded them all and some draft picks to get Carmelo which set them back. And yes Carmelo Anthony was the reason they failed under D’antoni, I went to almost all the Knick games that year and he did nothing but pout because he could not isolate on the wind and dominate the ball, chicking 30 shots a game, then got upset when Lin came in and everyone in NY loved him and they were beating good teams without Anthony. So the Knick point is moot. First year in LA he should have done better, altered his system a bit to fit Pau and Howard together, this past year no one could have coached LA to a winning record.

      • Jim213

        Pressured?, if pressured means being expected to return next season then this was voluntary while under contract. Mike could care less what fans think as in the end he resigned b/c of the pressure on him which is expect even more so than the Knicks. Magic’s a fan just like any other and has shown more class which applies towards the fans than some would care to acknowledge including yourself if you believe he’s a racist.

        Posted many times that players want to win NOW so no point in acquiring a new coach in 2015 if the team has nothing going for them aside of #24 who has a few years remaining. For players today it’s win now or bust. Worst LA Lakers season given injuries but mostly for the lack of adhering to game fundamentals. TO’s and defense are some of the things that were never resolved. Yet no one takes accountability within the coaching staff? But it’s Jim’s job that’s up in the next 3 years so if people want/expect a slow rebuild think again.

        Mike’s shown respect to Magic? Not certain what type of friendship they had if any but magic criticized the hiring of Mike since the start. No excuses to these 2 seasons as he could’ve shown more as coach than what he has even with the injuries. You really need to catch up on the times as Mike has dis-concern for the fans. Mike’s a good coach but not for this team PLAIN AND SIMPLE. But not saying what Magic said was great or right but he’s allowed his opinion especially as a fan of the Lakers.

        Calling Magic a racist is ignorant especially for what he’s done for the City. But you’re a minority yourself so it’s awkward to call someone you know little of a racist. But IMO this likely has to do with your knowledge of who Magic is as a person which goes back to his playing days (history). Hopefully you aren’t a inter minority racist b/c if so feel sorry for you (no diss).

        • Louis Garcia

          Yes pressured because he was basically going to be a lame duck next season, how could he possibly coach this team next year, without support from the FO? The team is not going to add another superstar this off season, which results in a sort of rebuilding year(regardless of what Kobe says) there is no way players are going to buy into anything D’antoni says because they know he would have been coaching on borrowed time, and fans would have been calling for his head all year, those are not the right conditions to coach.

          Magic especially now with social media has not shown class as a leader and figure head, the fact is he has played, coached and owned the Lakers a one point or another and when you have had those kind of positions you are not just a fan. Calling out the ownership and Buss family on twitter is not classy, calling out Kobe last year and his comments about the just resigned coach was also petty. That is what my gripe has been about all this time with Magic Johnson, he is bigger than these petty shots he takes because the team is going through a bad stretch, its childish. D’antoni never said anything negative about Magic Johnson during his time as coach despite so many public attacks by Magic Johnson, to me that is showing respect to a man.

          I agreed with you that D’antoni was not right for this job and could have done better the first year with the talent they had. Again my defense of Mike extends to Magics criticism of him his entire time in LA, never really gave him a fair shot.

          As for the racist comment, I could have gone a little extreme there, but why wasn’t he up in arms when Mike Brown was hired and did a terrible job? Why wasn’t he celebrating on twitter when Brown was fired? Why was he not ok with ESPN basically giving Bill Simmons power to run the NBA show? Mike Wilbon are vey alike in this manner, on PTI day after Magics comments Tony brought the subject up and Wilbon would not even touch the subject.

  • Stearlingforpres

    D’Antoni did a great job given the crab he had to work with. Magic forgets what great job he did coaching. NOT!!!!

    • Robert J. Carmack

      Hey Bevis, You want some “whine” with your Cheese, I’ll play a violin for you and Mike.. He’s a loser.. he took the money from an idiot Jim Buss, his sister wished he had listened to her.

      • independentbynature

        I was thinking he’s more like Butthead than Bevis.

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