Mike D’Antoni Says Lakers Need To Learn How To ‘Compete At This...

Mike D’Antoni Says Lakers Need To Learn How To ‘Compete At This Level’


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The Los Angeles Lakers suffered yet another loss on Friday night, falling at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on the road.

As a result of the loss, the Lakers have fallen to 22-44 on the season and are now officially eliminated from the playoffs.

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Head coach Mike D’Antoni spoke the media following the loss and continues to express frustration with arguably one of the worst seasons in Lakers history. D’Antoni let it be known that his players struggle at the NBA level according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

With Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash out for the season, the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft is the Lakers biggest concern moving forward. The team is positioned for a high pick in the draft and may be able to get their hands on a potential game-changer.

Only 16 games remain for the Lakers in the 2013-14 NBA season with drastic changes possibly on the horizon. D’Antoni may be on his way out while Kobe wants the team to become a title contender next season.

Tough decisions for Mitch Kupchak and company are right around the corner with no indication of which way the team may go in the off-season.
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  • Jim213

    That’s the coach’s job to mentally prepare them night in and out. No excuses to not playing at a high level tho many are given by the coach. The Lakers shouldn’t have to train players who lack basic game fundamentals.

    • LakersFan8-24

      You’re right, its’s the coach job to prepare them,

    • Zimmeredge

      it’s only someone else’s fault with coach D’.

    • hookedonnews

      Look at the roster. 99% of the these guys have not been successful in the NBA. They are playing against teams like the Spurs, the Thunder, and the Clippers who have some of the best players in the league. All of these teams have core rosters they have been playing together for at least several years. They may add or subtract a player here and there, but at the moment none of them have 3 of their best players out and a roster made up mostly of players who weren’t there last year–most of whom have been out with injury at some point this season. I know we all want them to play better and they’ve proven at times that they can, but for the most part they are over-matched and undermanned. It’s simplistic to think–oh, just change the coach & this team is magically going to turn into a well-oiled machine like the Spurs. Not going to happen until they get Kobe and Nash and Young back and add some players on down the road. This is not something you can fix overnight. You need leadership on the court (Kobe & Nash), and you need better players. These guys are great bench players, but most of them are not starters. Time to figure out that it’s the players who are the problem. Not saying MDA is perfect, but do you really believe these guys are capable of competing consistently against the teams in the West without Kobe, Nash & Young? Even then you’re still going to be a few players short of a really great team IMO. You’ve got to have a rim protector among other things. Right now someone has to have a really great shooting night for them to be competitive at all.

  • VTLaker

    It makes it really hard to compete when you are getting out rebounded (to the point of being blown out) while your coach sits your two best rebounders.

  • 3339

    Dantoni is like that bad teacher in school. When the whole class does bad on a test he blames and bitches at them instead of teaching it better.
    End of the season is a month away but feels longer with this moron coaching us

  • Buff

    Mike D-League Antoni.Lakers are a big mess and D stands for D-League Antoni.

  • Craig

    MDA is a loser and he should be fired or just quit.Fire him during the last game.

  • michael

    Not for real?!? It’s your goddamn job to make that happen and you FAILED! Please, just pack your things, your done.

  • https://www.facebook.com/joey.jefferson3 Joey Jefferson

    D’Antoni just needs to get the hell out of L.A. Sorry to say it, but he needs to just go away.. Take the money and just go.. He constantly puts his foot in his mouth. Away with you

  • daniel

    MD does not have a team to compete, but there is no excuse to lose the way they are losing. On the offense, given the players they have had, it was a promising year, but unfortunately a NBA team has to be able to play defense, and with the exception of a few games, the Lakers did not play defense. We could see that against very good teams, which is understandable, but we also saw that about lousy teams, and there is no excuse for that.
    MD is gone, because of that, not because of his offense or his approach to develop talent, is because, he does not motivates to defend, and because the way his teams play it is hard to play any defense.

  • Al Haldie

    Stupid Me – That’s what I thought u got PAID BIG BUCK FOR. So what have u been doing for the last two yrs? {OH YA NOTHING} I know your the guy that says go out there and out run those other GUYS…

  • Al Haldie

    This is like OBAMA CARE.

  • Marty Susman

    really Mike, and when will you learn how to coach in the NBA ? When will you kern to complete ?

  • Claudia Davis

    we need a coach i love the lakers.

  • Marty Susman

    We need to get a tea shirt with our high school coach’s name on it…Then we need to hang it next to the banners at Staples with a sign that says, the coach that got us a GREAT first round pick….

  • BJ

    MDA needs to go, maybe coaching junior high would be his speed. As a coach he’s the total pits.

  • Normussestudillo

    That’s what teachers are for, teach the students to learn.

  • Normussestudillo

    Mike show them how.