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Mike D’Antoni: ‘It Is Not Up To Me’ If He Coaches Lakers Next Season

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Before Kentucky took on UConn on Monday night at AT&T Stadium, a rumor started to circulate about John Calipari set to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Although many rumors have been swirling about the fate of current head coach Mike D’Antoni, conflicting reports continue to surface about his immediate future with the Lakers.

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On Tuesday, D’Antoni was asked by the media if he felt he deserved to return next season. D’Antoni said the following according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News:

After Phil Jackson took the job to become the new president of the New York Knicks, the Lakers organization dealt with a severe backlash from the fans, former players and the media for not bringing back the 11-time NBA champion in some capacity.

Many desired a change at head coach with replacing D’Antoni for Jackson being proposed as the best course of action with talk of the former Laker head coach being interested in getting back to work. Despite Jackson’s desire to get back to work, a return to the Lakers simply wasn’t an option for the team and now they must deal with more rumors involving another high profile coach in Calipari.

At this point in time, there’s been no clear indication of whether the Lakers will keep D’Antoni or explore other options this summer. Over the past few months, a report has surfaced saying that Kobe Bryant is done playing for D’Antoni and another saying that the team intends to retain him for next season.

Regardless of these conflicting reports, there’s no telling what the immediate future holds for D’Antoni or the Lakers. A change could be made or the team could stick with the veteran head coach for the final guaranteed year of his contract.
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  • Al Haldie

    If that’s the best u can do – then say bye-bye–that last two yrs has not cut it…

  • Steel Bill Moreland

    If it were up to me,he does not deserve to coach anywhere any more.The man is not a winner.Everywhere he has coached the team was a losing team,that started winning after he left.I say get rid of him.

    • hookedonnews

      Sorry, but you don’t have your facts right. The Suns were a bad team who won 62 games in his first full season there and went to 2 WCF’s (60 wins the 2nd season) and won at least 50 games for 4 years. The Knicks were a terrible team who went to the playoffs for the first time in 9 years after his arrival. The last year he was there was very similar to what you saw the first part of this season in NY. He left and the team improved much like what you have seen the last part of this season. You can figure out whether the coach is the problem in NY or whether there are other problems.

  • Jim213

    Can Mike coach? yes, but not the Lakers. Best if he ended up somewhere that gave him the opportunity to build his own team from the ground up. No diss to players but half the roster don’t cut it but especially for this brand.

    However, it is his team after all as the main issues IMO relate to player rotation and lack of accountability. As the results speak for themselves tho injuries haven’t helped the overall goals for the season.

    • hookedonnews

      That last sentence is what I call a major understatement. Did you see the bench the other day during that Clippers game? There were 3 guys sitting there who weren’t exactly 6th men of the year candidates. I continue to be amazed by the attitude of fans who believe that the injuries aren’t that big a deal. If we had only had another coach everything would have been great. SMH. And for the record, if this roster had stayed healthy there’s not a reason why they could not have been successful using the D’Antoni system.

      • Jim213

        Smh, have addressed both previously ‘half the roster don’t cut it but especially for this brand.’ So you seem to believe that the roster who’ve won 45+ wins with a healthy roster (playoff bound)? Kobe wouldn’t be playing up to his capabilities too. No excuses to losing to team’s they should be expected to beat PLAIN and SIMPLE.

        But at least everyone knows their roles today. No disrespect again to the players but it’s business being wins and losses not about making excuses to not representing the brand. The masses don’t accept effortless attempts to represent the brand. This has been expressed by players who’s numbers hang up @ Staples. you don’t seem to get that for a reason.

        Do most of the masses expect this team to beat the Spurs, Heat, OKC on any given night? NO, but as long as the effort is placed (on both sides of the FLOOR to represent the brand than they’ll be fine with it. haven’t accurately checked the head to head games but no excuses to not beating team’s who deliberately seem to be taking like the Jazz and bucks. Effortless efforts aren’t taken kindly in Laker land. At BEST had them going 42-40 for the season.

        once again not expecting them to win a tile smh it’s more so the fighting and conquering that’s lacked tho you’ll likely disagree but it’s your opinion. This roster will be the worst team in LA Lakers history not b/c of the injuries IT’S DUE TO THEIR LACK OF EFFORT WHICH STRONGLY APPLIES TO LACKING BASIC FUNDAMENTALS.

        • independentbynature

          He’s “HookedonAntoni.”

          • hookedonnews

            No, I’m hooked on reality. That seems to be in short supply here.

          • independentbynature

            With you leading the way.

          • hookedonnews

            Whatever dude. Anytime you want to give me some facts I’ll be glad to listen.

          • independentbynature

            I doubt it.They don’t reflect well on Antoni.

          • hookedonnews

            You just made my point.

          • independentbynature

            You had a point?

          • hookedonnews

            Sorry it eluded you. Think about it. Maybe you’ll figure it out.

          • independentbynature

            Defense wins championships.Antoni teams don’t play any.Sorry it continues to elude you.Think about it.Maybe you’ll figure it out.I doubt it,though.

          • hookedonnews

            Again, you are a perfect example of the cliche-parroting fan who keeps repeating the same phrases with no understanding of the subject. There are reasons for poor defense other than your belief that D’Antoni doesn’t care about it, but I’m not going to waste my time trying to explain it. Great players win championships along with good coaching and right now we don’t have the players. If you can’t see that, I can’t help you.

          • independentbynature

            The coach is the reason for NO defense.You are a perfect example of an Antoni fan(There aren’t many of you left)You keep repeating your defense of him because you are enamored and have no understanding of the game.That’s why I don’t want to waste my time trying to explain it to you.If you can’t see that,I can’t help you.DEFENSE wins championships…..

          • hookedonnews

            Add LeBron, Wade, Noah, Ibaka, and Chris Paul to this team. Do you think the defense would improve? Good defenses are built with the right players, and they’re built over time. You don’t just throw a group of random guys together and change lineups every couple of days because someone else is injured and get the kind of consistent defensive effort that comes with a group of guys who have been together all season.

            For some reason D’Antoni is judged on defensive philosophy by what he said back in Phoenix 10 years ago but isn’t judged as a coach by the success he had there. Just like LA, Phoenix was lacking a defensive center and still won more games than anyone in the league in 2004/5. I’ve never heard anyone say that the Suns didn’t win a championship because of their lousy defense. That being said, I see more emphasis on defense now, but without the players to make it happen.

            I am not enamored of D’Antoni. I just try to be fair, something that is rarely seen when it comes to MDA. Everything I’ve read or heard says he hasn’t had a team because of the injuries and the inferior talent, but he should be fired. Why is that? Because of folks like you who know little about the man, but have never given him a chance because of the circumstances of his hiring. He’s a victim of the contempt in which Jim Buss is held, and the love for Phil Jackson.

            So D’Antoni is probably going to be sacrificed because of a fanbase that thinks they know more than people in the NBA who understand the realities of what has gone on in LA this season and don’t expect the impossible. If Phil Jackson had been coaching and had a bad year because of injuries, do you think there would have been all this outrage? Of course, not. And as I’ve said a hundred times, if we had this record with everyone healthy, I would be totally on board with his firing.

            Yes, defense is important, but changing coaches is no guarantee that the defense is going to magically improve. Keeping everyone healthy will help, but until you get someone in the paint who can protect the rim you’re not going to have a great defense.

            I understand the game as well as anybody. I also understand the difference between rational thought and emotion.

          • independentbynature

            Defense is a team concept orchestrated by the coach,like Thibs.You are embarrassing yourself with your ignorant comments.Better for you to just stop and not put it on display.We are all well aware that you are on Antoni’s lap already.Just keep sending him your love letters and spare us the BS.The Suns didn’t win a championship because of their lousy defense.Now you’ve heard it.

          • hookedonnews

            Ignorance is in the eye of the beholder. I agree that defense is a team concept, but it’s difficult to play as a team when the players keep changing constantly due to injury.

            Yes, Thibs is a great defensive coach, but what has that got to do with a team of inferior players who don’t have enough healthy players to practice 5 on 5? You just ignore the roster and continue to focus on the coach. If the Bulls played in the West how many times do you think they would get to the Finals? There’s more to being a great team than defense, although it’s a necessary component.

            I’m guessing you don’t know a lot about D’Antoni and the Suns, so your comment doesn’t carry a lot of weight. I was talking about the NBA experts who were commenting at the time.

            The Clippers haven’t played great defense most of the season even though they have a coach with the reputation of being a good defensive coach. Why do you think that is? It’s because it takes time to develop defensive consistency, and they’ve had few injury problems to deal with compared to the Lakers. They have a deep bench and a stable lineup and still their defense hasn’t been great. They’ve been better recently, but they’ve had the time to become familiar with the defensive schemes, etc.

            I think we’ve exhausted this subject. I try not to impugn the intelligence of people who disagree with me, but you obviously believe that any contrary opinion is a sign of ignorance. Insults are the last resort of people who don’t want to address points on the other side of an argument. Consider my side of this discussion closed unless you want to engage on the facts (like explaining to me how you have a good defensive team under the circumstances this team has faced this season for instance). No one can say what this team would have done with a different coach, but believing he’s the only problem is beyond logic or common sense. The belief that he doesn’t care about defense or hasn’t tried to improve the team defensively is demonstrably false.

          • Yojimbo

            That’s what they say about beauty not ignorance… And let me tell you… “there is NO beauty in ignorance” :P. Ignorance is crystal clear and seen by everyone other than the one demonstrating it.

          • hookedonnews

            Let me put it a little more clearly. Ignorance as defined in these threads is based on opinion not fact. No one died and put you in charge of determining what’s ignorant and what isn’t. I’m entitled to my opinion just like you and everyone else here. Now maybe you’re an expert on this subject, and maybe I know more about it than you do, but in the end my opinion is as valid as yours. If you have some information that would shed light on what is being discussed, let’s hear it. If you just want to insult anyone with an opinion different than yours that says more about you than me.

          • Yojimbo

            Same way I’m entitled to mine. I’m expressing MY opinion not anybody else’s… just mine. U feel insulted ? That wasnt my intention and it’s totally ur issue if u do… Just expressing my opinion which I’m allowed to as well as arguing with u or anyone else if I disagree on any given subject. It was just too obvious to let it go like that. ;)

          • independentbynature

            I believe that Antoni’s job performance is indefensible.You,on the other hand commend it.I’m guessing that I’ve forgotten more about basketball than you’ve ever known,since I’ve been playing and watching before you were even born.I’m not a Suns fan like you.I’m a Lakers fan,a Bruins fan,a Pat Riley fan,a John Wooden fan.You’re an Antoni fan.That’s fine for you,but I refuse to lower my standards.Maybe you should raise your own.There is no reason to reminisce about Antoni or the Suns.They are both irrelevant.You’ve only impugned your own intelligence.So,no apology is necessary.Every argument you continue to make is demonstrably false.

          • hookedonnews

            Sorry but you’re not in charge of defining how a Lakers fan is supposed to think. I’m guessing that I know as much about John Wooden, Pat Riley, etc. as you do. Quit trying to put people in a box who don’t agree with your view of things. And stop pretending that you speak for all Lakers fans. You don’t.

          • independentbynature

            Oh really.Just how popular do you think you and Antoni are?Make a guess.You put yourself in a box.

        • hookedonnews

          I didn’t say how many games they would have won, but there’s no doubt that they would have won more than they have with the injuries. This team wasn’t expected to be any higher than 12th in the West with everyone healthy because there just isn’t the level of talent once you get past the big 3.

          I don’t agree that there’s been no effort because everybody that has done a Lakers game has commented on the fact that they play hard. If you were watching the game tonight on TV you heard Reggie Miller say that half this team probably wouldn’t be playing on any other team in the NBA. I also see no lack of fundamentals. What I see is a bunch of bench players who’ve been asked to start and play against teams who have had the same basic lineup all season. Now maybe you think that it doesn’t make a difference when you have players going in and out like a revolving door, but how can you have any consistency on offense or defense? Look around the league at the players that are on the floor game in and game out and tell me this team can compete. It takes time playing together to build chemistry and the trust that it takes to play good defense. Not exactly the greatest defenders on this team to begin with.

          I know you can see the difference in the way the team played tonight when Nash was on the floor and when he wasn’t. How much more difference would having Kobe out there have made? Or Pau? Or Kaman? Or Henry? What if they had all been playing together all season? It’s not a matter of effort. It’s a matter of talent and time spent playing together. Even when Nash is on the floor these guys can’t finish when he gives them an easy shot. Part of that is that they’re not used to playing with him. Think Amare wouldn’t have been scoring off those passes?

          You talk about the Lakers brand, but this is not the first time this team has had to rebuild. It is the first time they’ve had this kind of injury situation. Put those two things together and your best player on the bench all season, and you’re going to get this kind of result. You’ve got a D-League PG with zero offensive game and a rookie who most people thought would spend most of his time in the D-League starting. There are a lot of factors that go into wins & losses–road games, back to backs, barely enough healthy players to field the minimum 8, etc. No one likes what has happened this season, but considering the players & the injuries it’s not a surprise.

          This fan base is going to have to learn to be patient because there is no easy fix for this team if a championship is what they’re expecting. No one knows what this team can do if everyone is healthy, but it’s obvious that some top players are going to have to be added to get back to the level everyone expects. That’s more than likely not going to happen until after next season. So fans can either support the team or find something else to do between October and May. I’ll be watching the Lakers.

          • Jim213

            Good perspective, but I can’t speak for the masses just for myself and what a few others believe. Posted something similar to what Reggie brought up towards the end of the game. It’s not about expecting them to make the playoffs more so as representing the brand as I wasn’t expecting too much out of the season. At best better depth which FO has some good bench players and one or two players who may be able to fill holes at starting positions if need be next season.

            However, IMO I disagree with Reggie’s view that these players wouldn’t be playing in the NBA if it wasn’t for the team’s injuries. The other players that I wouldn’t consider next season have something to offer other roster’s within the league. The problem is that we have to many 2nd unit players and lack a solid starting rotation. IMO, the reason the lakers keep getting blown out is b/c they lack some serious inside presence (pau doesn’t apply) to stop teams from driving inside.

            Jordan Hill complements the offense players inside given his role and defense. but aside of that they need a solid big inside who can develop his own plays and have an inside presence to force teams to settle for jumpers as opposed to getting pick and rolled as magic has brought up. IMO, if FO can address 3 starting positions for next season they’ll have better odds at a better season next year. this being the PG. PF (2) and c positions.

            Have enough 2 and 3 position players to get bye for next season especially if kobe returns to his normal shooting accuracy. this is why I’d skip on Young given that the team has enough shooters as it is as they seriously lack defensive stoppers. No diss but don’t mention back to back games as na excuse. Players from the past had it worse schedules to bring that up.

            Sorry but Dr. Buss left some big shoes to fill. There’s to much pride to expect less than a consistent effort from the roster. Yes, bad times are here but not all of it is based off of on the court play. Bad moves that have left the team without first rounders and which also apply to bad contracts are what have set the brand back today. but it is what it is as just hoping past bad moves don’t get repeated to stagnate the process further.

          • hookedonnews

            I agree that a presence in the paint is crucial. As I said, I don’t know that there are going to be a lot of new players next season, especially elite players. I also agree that bad moves in the past have been part of why the team is in this situation. I’m afraid that next season won’t be what we’d like to see, but I’m optimistic about bringing in some great players after that. LA is still the best place in the league to play.

            I brought up back-to-backs because it’s something that affects teams, good & bad. That could be a reason why you might lose to a team that’s not that good and beat a very good team when you’re rested. I’d like to see them get rid of back-to-backs myself.

            I agree that Dr. Buss left some big shoes to fill. Hoping for a great young player in the draft to help start the process of climbing out of the hole we’re in. I’m sure Kobe will do everything possible to return to the kind of play we expect to see from him. Can he stay healthy? I guess we’ll find out. If not, it’s going to be another difficult year.

          • Jim213

            Hopefully, he has 6+ months to get back to his high level conditioning. Best to make the most of it. IMO, it’ll be alright next season which goes with bringing back 6 players + Kobe and possibly Nash (smh) = 8 tho if Pau came back it’d be 9.

            Thus, IMO Sacre (inked for next yr.), Meeks, Bazemore, Brooks, Farmar, Hill, and X Henry (if healthy) would be my choices as they provide more of an all around game than the other players. Sign them all for no more than $16 mil total (reasonable) for next season with another team or player option in 2015.

            That would be close to $40-42 mil for the roster (+ Sacre & Kobe) as if they decide to let Nash’s play another season then it’d make it about $50 mil or so salary). They can then go after 3 solid starting role players for next season which includes drafting a top prospect. But if they make a big move this off season it’d be best to stretch provision Nash to have more cap to possibly resign Pau too.

          • hookedonnews

            I don’t think there’s anyone they would want (other than LeBron) this year. I doubt that Brooks will be back. There’s some sort of problem there (3 teams this season). I would rather have Wesley Johnson. At times this season he’s been great, and he’s a decent defender. He’s been inconsistent, but I think he’s got potential. Agree with most of what you’ve said. Expect Nash to be back, but nothing is set in stone. Can’t imagine him (or anyone else) walking away from that kind of money. I’ve heard they’re going to try to resign Pau, but he may want to go somewhere else if they offer him enough money. With his health issues, I wouldn’t offer him a big contract if I was running a team, but I’d like to see him back at least one more season. I also think Kelly will be back. I like Young, but he’s probably going where the money is.

          • Jim213

            Where’s Johnson been this past year? IMO, brooks has more upside but given his inexperience hasn’t received a fair chance 9for cheap i’d give him another shot). Johnson’s athleticism can be replaced with a more consistent player as he’s seriously failed to capitalize on the opportunity.

          • hookedonnews

            I agree that Johnson has been mostly invisible lately, but there have been times that he’s been great (thinking of the game in Portland when he ran L.Aldridge up & down the court and we won). We need defensive players, and he’s one of few that play pretty good defense.

          • Jim213

            Same can be said more so for brooks too.

          • hookedonnews

            The sample size for Brooks has been relatively small. I think his problem is that he imagines himself as another Kobe. Don’t think he’ll be filling those shoes anytime soon. He seemed a bit out of control to me. To fit in this offense you have to be a willing passer. I didn’t see a lot of that from him–mostly one on one stuff. He’s got talent. It just remains to be seen if he can fit in. If Young leaves they might take a second look at him. I don’t know.

          • Jim213

            Just as the coach has brought up everyone now seems to be playing for themselves. But if he can’t be officially signed give in an un-guaranteed contract to see if he can make the cut before the season begins. It’s about having players who bring an all around game as opposed to just (offense).

          • 3339

            Will u cry when dantoni gets fired?

          • independentbynature

            He most certainly will.LOL.

          • hookedonnews

            Actually he would probably be better off. He’s going to get paid anyway, and I’m sure it’s been no picnic trying to deal with what he’s had to put up with the last 2 seasons. So, no. I will save my sympathy for the next guy who has to deal with folks like you.

          • independentbynature

            Good.When he’s fired it will be a win-win.Except for you,of course.You’ll just become a fan of the next team he coaches.

          • 3339

            Holy shit u actually do have a crush on dantoni

          • hookedonnews

            Why don’t you and independentbynature become pen-pals? You have so much in common. You two can continue this scintillating discussion without me.

          • hookedonnews

            Will you cry if he’s not?

          • independentbynature

            Yes.All Lakers fans will.You’re not a Lakers fan.You’re an Antoni fan.

          • hookedonnews

            I was a Lakers fan before D’Antoni arrived in LA. Not all fans are mind-numbed robots. Some of us can think for ourselves.

          • independentbynature

            Some can.But not you.You just keep replying,hookedonantoni.

          • 3339

            No ill be pissed because ever since your boyfriend took over the lakers have been a disaster. I want to see my favorite team succeed or at least be competitive instead of this bullshit. Dantoni doesn’t know what he’s doing and has had Mitch make excuses for him since hired.

          • hookedonnews

            If I recall correctly they were already a disaster before he was hired–11 losses in a row I believe. Mitch Kupchak is a smart guy, and so was Dr. Buss. D’Antoni would never have been hired if he was the idiot that you believe he is. Idiots don’t normally win Coach of the Year. If he’s fired you’ll have to find a new whipping boy.

          • 3339

            dude you really don’t get it. you keep acting like everyone is against your boyfriend for no reason.. He has done an awful job with the Lakers.
            You keep acting like he is such an innocent victim. how many playoff games has he won since phoenix? none.
            how many finals trips in phoenix? none.
            All he really won in phoenix was pacific division titles and your heart. nothing to brag about.

          • hookedonnews

            For me to keep explaining the situation to you would be a waste of my time and yours. If you want to know about D’Antoni google him.

          • John

            I agree with everything except I would rather see Wes Johnson instead of X Henry. Wes plays well on both sides of the ball, and IMO is one of the more athletic players in the league. This is important because a number of the good teams in this league have SF’s that are athletic, versatile scorers. Wes Johnson is an excellent shot blocker, and he has already improved and is becoming more confident. He is a solid role player, and I believe he hasn’t quite hit his ceiling yet… I really like what I’ve seen from him so far, and he’s less prone to injury than X Henry. I’m not hating on X Henry, I do like him, but I think Wes Johnson deserves more consideration than most people give him.

          • Jim213

            If you’re talking about athleticism then bring in DJ Stephens during the off season and let him tryout. Although, he recently received a 10 day contract (Bucks) he has a higher vertical than Jordan or Lebron.

            His weakness applies to the offensive end tho his strength is defense. Following up on some of his tweets this guy is just hungry to get an opportunity. I’d sign him to a non guaranteed and give him a shot and see if he can make the cut. We need above the rim finishers that bang on the inside.

            No diss to Wes but his problem relies more mentally than athletically.

          • John

            To be fair, it is hard for most of these Lakers players to show any type of consistency with the current coach in place. Given, many of them are “grateful for the opportunity” the fact of the matter is that nobody knows what rotation D’Antoni is going to go with on any given night. Look at Kaman for example. I swear, this coach pulls 5 names out of a hat to determine starting lineups. But I digress, I think it might be a little unfair to judge Wes on his bball IQ when the mental problem is more in the “System” in place. He doesn’t make bonehead decisions, he just isn’t consistent offensively. The reason I like him is for his potential, that is defensively, and his ability to finish over defenders. I wouldn’t mind taking DJ Stephens as an alternative to Wes, in fact, I like that idea. The bottom line is, we need more players who can run, play defense, and attack the rim with confidence

          • Jim213

            My opinion of consistency relates to overall play. Defense is the main issue for this team as half the roster should play elsewhere next season (business!). Things won’t change (TRUTHFULLY) if most of the players return. IMO it’s really about the lack of effort given they’ve lost over 20+ games by more than 20 pts.

            With regards to Wes it’s not about his basketball IQ. It’s really about him not being a playmaker. He can’t develop his own plays and relies on others (PG) to develop plays for him. This won’t change next season as this was their shot to prove themselves given that if FO ends up acquiring CONSISTENT starting players they won’t be getting many minutes as they’ve played this season.

            This is why I’m more for bringing back the ones who’ve shown overall game on both sides of the floor. Players who’ve failed to play consistently overall this season won’t improve given their limitations that would require more minutes (which they’ve had this season) to improve tho have failed to capitalize on the opportunity .Although, Meeks seems to be improving season after season tho still needs to improve defensively too IMO.

          • John

            Gotcha. I misunderstood you earlier about Wes. Honestly we just need a solid Center more than anything. And, of course, a coach who wins instead of making excuses (D’Antoni sometimes blamed the players, taking no responsibility himself). Pathetic.

          • Jim213

            Aside of a Center, 2 PF’s and a starting PG are required. Per stats Marshall and Nash are at the bottom of the PG position when it comes to rankings. The 1 is the most important position today and given the top pg’s within the conference best to acquire someone who can match these high level players on any given night.

  • Sylvia Ross

    We thank you for doing the best job you could. Now it’s time for the Lakers to go in a different direction and I am sooo hoping that it will not include you. Frankly, your best has not been good enough. Goodbye, so long, see you later, don’t let the door knob hit you on the way out. BYE, BYE !

  • independentbynature

    No defense = No rings.Some things never change.Their is No “D” in Antoni.That’s not gonna change,either.

  • Jay Brodes

    this answer is easy..hellz 2 the no!!!

  • RussinSactown

    The Lakers fired Mike Brown with a lot less. And he has the Cavs in a better spot. D’Antoni was a damn bad move.

  • KOBE

    GIVE US EMBIID OR WIGGINS AND YOU WILL GET 10million dollars BUT STILL FIRED

  • WildCats

    To be honest, Calipari would never come back to the NBA, especially if he will always get paid more coaching college. Some speculate he might return to redeem himself after he coached a lackluster Nets team, but I for one, am a huge Kentucky/Laker fan, and I know Coach Cal has too much going for him in college to start fresh again – especially with the Lakers.

  • Yojimbo

    And your best is JUST not GOOD enough to put it lightly and not hurt your feelings Mike…

  • Richard

    Questions: What are his NBA experiences, record and other specific qualifications that would justify the hiring of Mr. Calipari? Are there NBA or College coaches more qualified and positioned to succeed now?

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