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Magic Johnson: Mike D’Antoni’s System Doesn’t Fit the Talent

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Magic Johnson wasn’t too thrilled when the Lakers chose Mike D’Antoni over Phil Jackson, and the Los Angeles legend continues to voice his disappointment with the new Lakers coach.

Johnson spoke to ESPN Los Angeles and he talked about Mike D’Antoni’s offense not fitting well with the talent the Lakers have. In D’Antoni’s system, there is a need for players that can run the court and for the most part, a roster that is fairly young. The Lakers do have some pieces here and there that fit the system, but for the most part Johnson does not see this team working well under D’Antoni’s style.

“I’ve gotta adjust my system a little bit if I’m the coach. That’s all,” Johnson said. “His system doesn’t fit the talent that the Lakers have. You can’t run with this team. Who are the runners? You’ve got one guy who can get up and down the court and that’s Kobe (Bryant).

“Ron (Metta World Peace)? Love him, but he’s slow. Both our big men are not fast guys. So we gotta say, ‘Maybe I should scale it back. I run, if the basket is there, we take it.’ Just like us in ‘Showtime,’ we ran and if we got the layup, good. If not, Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar), come here, bail us out. That’s what you do. That’s basketball.”

There is a big difference between the roster D’Antoni had during his Phoenix Suns days and the one he has now in Los Angeles. With the Suns, D’Antoni had a younger roster and more shooters to space the floor. Even though Steve Nash is in Los Angeles, he has not played since the hiring of D’Antoni and it is unclear if he can still be effective.

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  • JohnC

    I trust Magic more than D’Antoni. I think he’s right. I think LA has already the best 5, the best 4 and the best 2 of the game + top, very talented no. 1&3 as starters… + an interesting bench who have already shown their potential. And you need other players simply because they can run faster????

  • kmac_321

    D’ Antoni is going to hit the road soon…

  • Icecoldfool

    Magic is Stupid, Kobe can’t run. How many times do u see him get jacked, and just sit and watch the other team get the lay up. Too Many to count. Dwight will give you more heart running up and down. its not that kobe can’t run up and down, its because he won’t. (Kobe: “i’ll just score after they score the lay up”) that’s it.

  • Crystal

    I agree with Magic, I didn’t think D’Antoni was the right fit for the Lakers from the beginning but a big piece of his puzzle (Nash) is missing so I think that might cut him some slack till Nash returns but from what we’ve seen so far his strategy of defense–if u can call it that, is TERRIBLE. If he doesn’t get something going soon, he’s gonna be on his way out.

  • Dr. Rasheed

    Magic Johnson is frustrated and upset.
    Obviously system is not clicking…

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