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Mitch Kupchak Believes D’Antoni Will Be “Flexible” Next Season

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Mitch KupchakThe Los Angeles Lakers have a busy offseason ahead of them, and a lot of their time will be dedicated to bringing back Dwight Howard.

Nevertheless, the process of re-signing the center will not be straightforward, and it will require a lot on the part of the front office. It does not seem as though Howard is happy in Los Angeles, and there is growing concern that he will not play under the Mike D’Antoni coaching staff.

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In Howard’s defense, the coaching staff did very little to adjust the playbook to accommodate the Lakers’ talent. Even though Los Angeles did have two seven footers in its front court, the offense did not use that to its advantage.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak spoke to Lakers.com and stated he believes that D’Antoni will make adjustments next season.

MT: What’s the most difficult thing to do as you build a team?

Kupchak: The hardest thing to do in this league to get players who have talent. The next hardest thing to do is for the coach to figure out the best way to have that group of talent play together and win games. And you have to have a coach that has the ability to assess the talent level and how to use it. Mike has shown that he is flexible. Now that he has a feel of our players and their talent level, I’m confident that Mike will be flexible and get the most out of them next year.

There was a lot of criticism directed toward D’Antoni during the season, and it only increased after the team got swept in the first round. It is expected that the Lakers will make changes to the roster this season, and although Kupchak said D’Antoni’s job is safe in Los Angeles, no one knows what the future holds.

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  • Lakerfanallthetime

    Fire Mitch.

    • Dr. Rasheed

      I can’t believe you said that. NBA is national business association.
      It is nothing personal just business.
      Rich getting richer and their egos effecting whole La La land.
      I am anticipating awful upcoming season. If I were D12 I would get a Jet and leave L.A.
      DA will never give D12 the respect and plays he needs.
      Kobe can get more titles on his record but he is not going to win championships anymore with the way how he played last year. All year Kobe time and late in the season it’s about team. just nonsense will not be tolerated again, at least by D12 again. If he stays he will be making biggest mistake of his life. Coach is not his type and it’s Kobe’s team. Move on D12 last chance.

      • crunch24

        D12 needs to learn some post up moves. He’s been in the league far too long to not have a 5-8ft jumper, & he’s a liability in the 4th qtr when the game’s close cuz he can’t make freethrows. U give him too much credit.

        • Richard

          I am so agreeing with you here… been in the league for almost a decade and he hasn’t developed a go-to move of his own… that is the reason he becomes a liability on the floor in the closing minutes of a game or when a game is slowed down and the defense packed inside like what the Spurs is did to him and is doing to Miami in the finals.

          I think we will be better off having Pau Gasol as our center and go after a reliable PF to play along side Pau.

    • crunch24

      And fire no “D” Antoni, & jim buss step down, & rehire phil, in that order.

  • gethefuckouttahere!

    Screw “flexibility” we need winning, strategy, common sense and ability.

  • hookedonnews

    I agree with very little written in this article. There is not growing concern that Howard won’t play for D’Antoni. That is a story-line that’s being pushed by people who don’t like D’Antoni. Your assertion that there were no adjustments to fit the personnel is also bogus. Steve Nash has stated that they never played D’Antoni’s system this season. There were plenty of adjustments made. What fans and people like you don’t seem to get is that it’s difficult to come into a new team after the season has started with the majority of your starters injured and try to put together a team. Yes, D’Antoni has a system, but he recognized from the start that they weren’t going to be playing a “7 seconds of less” offense. He said that if you were listening. He was brought to LA to run his offense. It’s not surprising that he would want to do that, but he is able to be flexible when it’s necessary (unlike the oft-repeated conventional wisdom that he’s stubborn, won’t change, etc.). Why would criticism increase when the Lakers were swept in the first round? Did anyone believe they were going to beat the Spurs without Kobe, Nash, MWP, Meeks, and Blake? There’s been a boatload of inaccurate information written and said about Mike D’Antoni this season. He is a good coach and should not have had to put up with what he’s had to deal with in LA.

    • 3339

      Good coach- finds a way to adjust to players on roster
      d’antoni- makes players adjust to him
      Don’t defend this fool.

      • hookedonnews

        D’Antoni did adjust to his players, but it took some time to figure things out because of the injuries and the lack of a training camp, little or no practice time, etc. (see my previous comment). The idea that D’Antoni didn’t make adjustments just doesn’t fit with the facts. Maybe he didn’t make them fast enough to suit everybody, but there are reasons for that which a reasonable person should be able to see. Even if he had gone immediately to a slow half-court low post offense, that would not have magically given him a healthy roster. Steve Nash had a broken leg and Gasol had bad knees and plantar fasciitis before he was hired. Nash missed 30 games, Gasol 33, Blake 37, and Hill most of the season. That was the primary problem for the Lakers this year, not the coaching of Mike D’Antoni.

        • 3339

          stop making excuses for this guy. he can’t manage a team. He ran Kobe into the ground. I seriously can’t stand the training camp excuse. All thats going to do is allow him to infect the Lakers more. The Lakers were awful down the stretch this season, especially on defense. they always got down by 10 or so in a game, and Kobe saved them. The only reason they made the playoffs was because of Kobe Bryant, who got hurt b/c he played to much. dantoni also tried to turn Pau Gasol into shawn marion. When Pau Gasol, one of the classiest players in the game voices displeasure over a coach, there is a problem. The Lakers will be terrible this year. dantoni can’t coach them, and they will fail to make the playoffs with him. mark my words.

          • hookedonnews

            I know I’m wasting my time here because you have ignored everything I’ve said so far. Kobe made the decision to play 48 minutes himself after Steve Nash was injured because he felt like they couldn’t make it to the playoffs if he didn’t, not because D’Antoni required it. When Mitch Kupchak expressed concern over his minutes, Kobe told him he was going to play 48 minutes and there was nothing he could do about it. As I’ve already said, his injury was not related to his minutes. It could have happened at any time. How about all the other Achilles injuries? Did they happen because of someone playing too many minutes? You are operating on emotion instead of facts. You want to dismiss the training camp issue as irrelevant, but anyone who understands the process knows how important it is when you’re a new coach bringing in a new system. They also practiced very little during the season, mostly because everyone was injured. The Lakers were not awful down the stretch (28-12), and the defense improved significantly. Do you actually watch the games? D’Antoni has no illusions about Pau Gasol being Shawn Marion. Did he want him in the post with Howard? No, because he wanted to spread the floor. He wanted Pau to play his natural position of center, but his pride was injured when he was asked to come off the bench. I’m sorry his feelings were hurt, but he wasn’t playing well when D’Antoni arrived. He was shooting poorly, not only from outside but at the rim (partly because of tendinitis in his knees). However, all that occurred in the beginning. At the end of the season when Pau was healthier he was playing with Howard in the post, so I don’t know what the complaint is. The idea that they will fail to make the playoffs if everyone is healthy is ridiculous. If they aren’t as successful as everyone would like it will be because they have a lousy bench, not because of D’Antoni. Do I think he’s as good as Popovich? No, but he’s a smart guy and a good coach.

          • 3339

            is this kupkack or jim buss? b/c you sound as in love with dantoni as they do for whatever reason even though he’s doing worse than Mike Brown. I did see every Laker game at the end. I saw sorry ass defense and Kobe Bryant willing the Lakers through every game. dude, dantoni is not good at managing talent and developing relations with players. He is not a good fit with the Lakers. He quit on the knicks in the middle of the season and then they started playing better. Coincidence? I think not. The Lakers have to fire him and hire a coach that knows how to CONTROL a team (know when to say no to Kobe). I saw a damn mess from dantoni. The players are not buying what he’s selling. It’s so obvious. injuries and training camp are nothing but excuses. remember when Pat Riley took over for Stan Van in miami? No training camp, but they eventually won the title b/c he knew hhow to control them. even when healthy the Lakers looked lost. you got Pau Gasol taking more and more outside shots, Metta tossing up shots whenever he touched the ball, and Dwight standing around watching. dantoni is the wrong coach for the Lakers. You must realize it, but the Lakers won’t until Dwight leaves or when next season is already lost. Brian Shaw, Byron Scott, Geroge Karl, Jeff VanGundy, Nate McMillan etc would be much better fits. dantoni is so damn stubborn, it’s sickening. He leaves phoenix b/c they ask him to hire a defensive coach (Tom Thibodeau), he leaves the knicks b/c he refused to alter his system for Melo, Amare, Lin. Now he’s messing up the Lakers. I love the Lakers, and it sucks to see this, but I’m telling you it’s not working, won’t ever work, and the management is to stubborn to realize it.

          • hookedonnews

            I am not in love with D’Antoni. I’m just a little more objective than you are. I watched or listened to 99% of the games. I am familiar with D’Antoni’s history in Italy, Phoenix, and NY. D’Antoni didn’t mess up the Lakers. Mike Brown lost 11 in a row before he was fired. You continue to ignore the facts. Injuries matter. Do you think the Heat would be in the Finals without LeBron and Wade or Wade and Bosh? The Lakers were going nowhere after Kobe, Nash, MWP, Meeks, and Blake went down. They had Gasol & Howard left. When Pat Riley took over the Heat he had been there all along. He had just not been coaching the team. He was familiar with the players, etc. He also didn’t have an injury disaster on his hands. I don’t understand your continuing assertion that injuries are irrelevant. or an excuse. No team in the league had the kind of injuries this team had all season long. Even if they had a strong bench, it would have been extremely disruptive when you’re trying to develop a system and some kind of team chemistry. No one controls Kobe Bryant. You need to read Phil Jackson’s books if you doubt that. If you had seen more of the games I think you would have a better perspective. Pau wasn’t always taking outside shots, and Howard wasn’t always standing around. You say D’Antoni is stubborn. Do you think Phil Jackson or Popovich are stubborn? The reason you believe MDA is stubborn is because you’ve heard other people say that. D’Antoni did not leave Phoenix because they suggested hiring Thibodeau. I have never heard anyone say that was a factor. He left for a number of reasons. He was not happy when they brought in Shaq. Steve Kerr made a number of decisions as GM that I doubt that MDA was happy with. Bringing in Shaq disrupted the team chemistry. I think he saw the handwriting on the wall. They were dismantling the team (something they continued to do after D’Antoni left, and you can see the result. Once Nash left, they fell into the cellar.) D’Antoni had no reason to alter his system for Amare or Lin. They played very well in that system. Carmelo Anthony was the problem. He refused to cooperate. D’Antoni was in the last year of his contract. He knew Melo wasn’t going anywhere. He resigned much like Jerry Sloan did in Utah when he got tired of dealing with Deron Williams. They are still running D’Antoni’s system in NY. Anthony has tried to be more of a team player this season. When he does that they are more successful. You don’t know if D’Antoni can be successful in LA and neither do I, but there’s no reason to believe that next season will be a repeat of this one. He has a contract, and they’re not going to fire him without giving him a real opportunity with healthy players. If they have a bad year, he’ll probably be gone. The one thing you didn’t mention was the success D’Antoni had in Phoenix. In his first full season there they won more games than anyone in the NBA and went to the Western Conference Finals. They had won 29 games the year before. Maybe the Lakers players don’t fit his system, but there are going to be changes made to this team in the next few years. He will adjust his system to fit the players he has now just like he did this year, but if he’s able to stay there they will undoubtedly try to acquire players who can play in his system. Whatever happens, there’s no reason to automatically assume that the Lakers will be terrible. They have some great starters. If they can stay healthy they should be reasonably successful until they can add the players they need. And no, I’m not Jim Buss or Mitch Kupchak.

          • 3339

            I do not what the Lakers to be built to suit his system that has never won a championship. Why should they accommodate him. He had 2 all star big men, nash, and Kobe and couldn’t win even when healthy. Any decent coach would’ve made that workI am very annoyed with the excuses about dantoni
            1.Mike Brown was fired b/c the Lakers weren’t improving
            2.dantoni is hired b/c they think he’s the best coach for the team built to win now. not next year, now
            3. they said at his press conference that this isn’t a project
            4. He says that Pau and Dwight can’t play together
            5. now after an embarrassing sweep kupchack is talking about how he needs a full training camp and that he’ll be more flexible. IF HE WAS THE BEST COACH FOR THIS GROUP THAT SHOULDN’T MATTER AT ALL, SOUNDS LIKE A DAMN PROJECT.
            what i really want to know is why does he get more chances than Mike Brown? Remember Mike Brown was on the hot seat during last years playoffs when the Lakers were in game 7 against denver. seems to me that dantoni should be long gone for the pathetic way the Lakers looked.

          • hookedonnews

            D’Antoni was brought to LA BECAUSE of his system. Dr. Buss had wanted a return to Showtime for years. After they acquired Steve Nash and after the debacle of the Princeton offense that Brown brought in, D’Antoni was the obvious choice to install a more up-tempo offense. D’Antoni never had a defensive stopper like Dwight Howard in Phoenix. Part of being a good defensive team is having good defensive players. I don’t know when you thought D’Antoni had a healthy starting five. They started a total of seven games this season. They were never healthy. That’s the point. Mike Brown was fired because he lost 11 games in a row and because he brought in the Princeton offense which was a disaster and was making the acquisition of Steve Nash irrelevant. They didn’t bring Nash in to play a Derek Fisher role. That’s why he was fired. Yes, they wanted to win immediately. They weren’t counting on the injuries, and they were not considering the inferior bench. Thinking they could win a championship with that bench was probably unrealistic but not impossible I guess. D’Antoni initially didn’t want Pau and Howard on the floor together because it clogs up the paint. It’s hard to run almost any offense without good floor spacing. The stats showed that the Lakers played better when they weren’t on the floor together. Of course, as the season progressed and when Gasol got healthier they played together in a hybrid low-post offense. Kupchak didn’t only say D’Antoni would be flexible next season. He said he was flexible this season. It’s not an embarrassment to be swept by the Spurs when you are starting your number 3 PG and a SG straight out of the D-League. Three of the five starters were out, and two of the best bench players. What did you expect? It takes more than a coach to win a championship. Greg Popovich is the best coach in the league. His teams don’t win every year. Do you think Eric Spoelstra was the best coach in the league last season? It’s a combination of players and coaching plus a lot of other things. No coach could have taken the Lakers to the championship this season, and there’s no reason to believe they can’t have a great season next year with D’Antoni. It remains to be seen.

          • 3339

            The Lakers won championships with a Pau/Bynum duo down low so don’t even try that big men clogs up the paint bs. Coaches like Phil Jackson or Brian Shaw would’ve done wonders with them. dantoni was brought to LA simply b/c of jim buss’ hatred of Phil Jackson. jim buss hates Phil so much that he wouldn’t even hire Brian Shaw, who should’ve been hired after Phil retired in 2011 simply b/c he doesn’t want Phil to get credit for helping them win. I am sick and tired of the excuses for dantoni. he is the worst option for the Lakers. everyone knows it. In a recent poll that asked if dantoni is right for the Lakers, 99% said no. You’re telling me that 99% of people are wrong? dantoni is a damn joke, everyone knows it. I don’t know how you can possibly make excuses for this guy unless you are him and if that’s the case, do us Lakers a favor and quit.
            btw, Dwight Howard won’t say it but he wants nothing to do with dantoni. Kevin McHale or Rick Carlisle would coach him much better and help him improve, and he is going to leave b/c of that.

          • hookedonnews

            Howard is not Bynum, and Pau didn’t have bad knees and plantar fasciitis when they won those championships or miss 33 games in a season. Dr. Buss signed off on the D’Antoni hiring. It was not just Jim Buss who wanted him there. Go back and read a little bit of the history, and you’ll find that it was not only Jim Buss who had a problem with Phil Jackson. They didn’t hire Brian Shaw because they wanted to get away from the Triangle offense. I don’t know why you’re bringing up the two big men issue anyway. Pau & Howard will be on the floor together just like they were when this season ended. The reason 99% of those polled believe D’Antoni is wrong for the Lakers is because that’s the conventional wisdom among fans who know little about D’Antoni and expected a championship before a game was played this season. After Brown was fired they expected to get Phil Jackson back and got MDA instead. They hated him from the moment he arrived because he wasn’t PJ. When things didn’t turn out the way everyone expected, the blame went to D’Antoni. Like you they ignored the obvious and assumed that if Jackson had been there everything would have been roses. That’s a nice fantasy, but even Phil Jackson can’t win without healthy players. People also believe that the Lakers don’t have the players to fit D’Antoni’s system, but he’s already proven that he’ll adjust his system to fit the personnel. I don’t know whether Howard is staying in LA or not, but it’s more likely that he would leave because of Kobe than D’Antoni. Houston’s offense is very similar to the D’Antoni system. If he doesn’t like a run and gun system he won’t be happy in Houston. Kevin McHale isn’t going to carry him around on a feather pillow either. I’m not making excuses for Mike D’Antoni. I’m just giving him the benefit of the doubt. Mitch Kupchak isn’t an idiot. If he believed D’Antoni couldn’t do the job he would probably bite the bullet and fire him. And no, I’m not D’Antoni either.

          • 3339

            Dude Pau wasn’t hurt, but Bynym always was. Dude he missed the 2008 playoffs and we still got to the finals, he wasn’t healthy in 2009 and we won and he was basically playing on one leg during the 2010 playoffs. I am really sick of all the excuses you’re making for this fool dantoni. Yes you are making excuses for him. I understand not winning championships, but the Lakers didn’t play well at all throughout the season and there was no hope for a realistic run. I actually really tried to support the hiring, but OPEN YOUR EYES, it’s an awful fit. Mitch is Jim Buss’ puppet. Mitch is too smart of a person to think dantoni will work. He won’t. mike brown gets fired b/c his system wasn’t working. Same should be for dantoni. Lakers are wasting Kobe Bryant’s final years with this fool coaching. Think about it. They are wasting time.
            PS- if Phil Jackson had been hired, they would’ve played through the two bigs and Pau Gasol wouldn’t be shooting 3 pointers. Would they have won the title? Who knows, maybe not. But they would’ve been playing to their strengths, which is SIZE. The were misused by both brown and dantoni. I am so sick of excuses. dantoni isn’t working.

          • hookedonnews

            Bynum was not always 100%, but the rest of the team was. If Phil Jackson had been hired it would not have changed the injury situation. You keep repeating about Pau shooting 3 pointers and are ignoring the fact that he was playing in the post when he came back from his plantar fascia injury. They WERE playing to their strengths. You seem to think they were running D’Antoni’s system all year. According to Steve Nash, they never ran D’Antoni’s system. D’Antoni is being given another year because management recognizes (even if you don’t) that no coach could have overcome the injuries they had. They also know (and MDA has said) that they will continue to play the type of low-post offense which you seem to think is the key to success. The bottom line is that D’Antoni is going to be the coach for at least one more season regardless. I would just advise you to watch or listen to all the games. Don’t form your opinions by what you hear on ESPN or sports radio. Those guys aren’t watching all the games, and they often just repeat the conventional wisdom. If you want the Lakers to win you’d better hope that D’Antoni is a better coach than you think he is. It would be great if fans would give him a little support, but I don’t look for that to happen. Even if they win he’s not going to get any credit because he wasn’t given any this year when they played well. Not sure I would want to coach in this town if my name wasn’t Phil Jackson. One more thing: when Brown was fired and management asked Kobe who he thought they should hire, he said Mike D’Antoni.

          • 3339

            Why in the hell do you love dantoni so damn much? You like seeing the Lakers lose? when the Lakers are failing next year you remember this conversation. if he’s here, dwight is gone, and he will put too much of the offensive load on Kobe, who’s recovering from a tough injury
            dantoni said that he threw his name out there for the Lakers job just for the hell of it. He didn’t really want it. Lakers need to hire someone that wants the job and someone that can handle the job. Brian Shaw would be perfect since Phil is done coaching.

          • hookedonnews

            I don’t know where you’re getting your information, but D’Antoni didn’t go after the job with the Lakers. He wasn’t looking to coach. He had just had knee-replacement surgery. However, once they approached him of course he wanted the job. Brian Shaw has never been a head coach. He may be hired by the Clippers or the Nets. The Lakers have made it clear they aren’t interested in hiring him, or at least they weren’t in the past. Yes, I like Mike D’Antoni. He’s an offensive genius (not my words), and his system transformed the NBA (again not my words). He was a great coach in Phoenix, and there’s no reason to believe he can’t be successful in LA if he’s given a chance. If he’s not, he’ll be fired. Kobe is going to carry a lot of the offensive load if he’s healthy because that’s the way HE wants it. If Howard leaves, it will probably because he’s tired of dealing with Kobe. Stop expecting the worst. No one knows what next season is going to be like. I want a championship as much as you do. If D’Antoni can’t do the job they will move on. Don’t assume that a different coach is going to guarantee anything.

          • 3339

            dantoni himself said he did it for the hell of it b/c Phil should’ve got it. I hate dantoni’s style b/c it’s ineffective when the games really matter. What he did in Phoenix ( which only was regular season success, never playoffs) doesn’t mean a damn thing now. I have never been annoyed over a coach before. He just doesn’t fit. He can’t make adjustments, his system is bs as it never works in the playoffs when the game slows down and I’m almost positive that he doesn’t understand defense. his former players have said that he told the team to allow the opponent to score to keep the pace moving. Thats absolutely ridiculous.
            I hope this guy is fired immediately so we can move forward. only way we can.
            Everyone I’ve heard said he is not the right coach going forward, except jim buss, his puppet mitch kupchak, and you.

          • hookedonnews

            That comment by D’Antoni doesn’t mean he didn’t want the job. He said a lot of other things, too. Your characterizations of what happened in Phoenix are not accurate. They had plenty of success in the playoffs. They were very competitive and just barely missed going to the Finals. I don’t know if you’re aware of the details, but there has been a lot written about the crooked official, Tim Donaghy and his role in the series against the Spurs. There was also the incident where Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw were suspended. The Suns were leading in the series at the time. As I said before, D’Antoni was not the reason they didn’t get to the Finals. A lot of people (Kobe Bryant included) have said they should have won a championship. I know where you’re getting your information about letting someone score to keep the pace moving. I’ve heard Stephen A. Smith say that a dozen times. That was then, and this is now. The Suns had the most potent offense the NBA has ever seen in the modern era. D’Antoni is under no illusions that the Lakers are the 2004 Suns. He has a defensive system. I’ve heard it discussed by the Lakers assistant coach Chuck Persons and others. Stephen A. Smith knows nothing about what D’Antoni’s doing now. He can only pull out that story that’s 10 years old. I don’t know how many times you have to hear it before you believe it: D’Antoni is not going to be fired. Mitch Kupchak has said it repeatedly. It’s not going to happen. Almost everyone who says D’Antoni isn’t right for the job thought Phil Jackson was going to be hired. Like the fans, they just can’t get over that. Time to move on and accept reality.

          • 3339

            Phoenix didn’t win anything. again you’re making excuses. They got punked by the Spurs every year. dantoni just fired Person for some dumb reason. Person was the buffer between dantoni and dwight. You really must love dantoni cause you sound very happy that he’s here. I and every Laker fan that wants to win are not happy about him being here. We don’t want the Lakers to waste another season with him. He honestly sucks man. why go through another season when the problem can be solved now? Hopefully Dwight gets him fired or Kobe gives another death stare.

            try and go 1 response w/o an excuse for dantoni.

          • hookedonnews

            Phoenix was beaten in the 2006 Western Conference Finals by the Mavericks, not the Spurs. I don’t know how you define not winning anything. When you get to the Conference Finals more than once you’ve won a lot of playoff games. You seem to confuse facts with excuses. When a coach is hired he is allowed to bring in his own assistants. D’Antoni retained the assistants that were there when he was hired until the end of the season. He could have asked for them all to be fired when he arrived. He’s going to have to work with these coaches, and there’s no guarantee Howard will stay no matter who the assistant coaches are. The Lakers have to pay D’Antoni whether he coaches or not. They are still paying some of Mike Brown’s salary, although that has been reduced since he was hired by the Cavs. They are facing an $80 million luxury tax. They aren’t going to hire another coach. Be careful what you wish for with regard to Howard getting someone fired. Orlando went down that road and it didn’t end well. No player should be given that kind of power.

          • 3339

            Getting to the conf finals doesn’t count as winning the conf finals. Those suns failed when it mattered most

          • hookedonnews

            I didn’t say it did. This discussion is about Mike D’Antoni and whether their failure to win a championship was his fault. As someone who watched those games, I can tell you that he was not at fault. We’re back to the point about whether you have to win a championship to be a good coach. I’ve already given you a list of good coaches who haven’t won one. I think we’ve exhausted this subject. Whether the Lakers can win with D’Antoni as their coach will be proven on the court next season.

          • 3339

            I’m telling you it won’t

          • hookedonnews

            If you want to understand what happened this season why don’t you google Steve Nash and listen to some of the interviews he has given to ESPN (Colin Cowherd), Dan Patrick, etc. I could explain it to you, but it would take too long. It’s obvious you’re not going to listen to me anyway. Why not hear it from someone who actually knows what went on. One thing he will not say is that Kobe Bryant was a large part of the problem in developing a team chemistry.Anyone who watched the games all season knows what I’m talking about. He won some games with heroic performances, but he hurt the team by holding the ball and shooting way too much most of the season. Take a look at the Spurs and you’ll see how a team is supposed to operate. You won’t see one player taking 25/30 shots and shooting with 3 people all over them while the rest of the team stands around watching.

          • 3339

            just stop it

          • hookedonnews

            :)

          • Sean

            lol hookedonnews, lets take a look next year if D’antoni is a good coach.

            Better make sure you bookmark this page because I am almost certain Lakers will fail again under him.

          • hookedonnews

            It could happen. I hope not. I don’t think there’s a question about whether D’Antoni is a good coach. The question is whether he can win with this team. Any NBA analyst will tell you that he’s a good coach. There are just some people who doubt that he’s a good fit for this team. I guess we’ll see.

          • 3339

            If Brian Shaw is coaching the clippers and we still have this f*cker dantoni, I’ll be pissed

          • hookedonnews

            You’re going to be unhappy regardless of who’s coaching the Clippers.

          • Chuck

            You need to remember that D’Antiginist is a cancer. The guy was even surprised by his hiring. Also, No Championships, this Laker organization is about Championships or it was. PJ with Mulitple Campionships to D’Antiginist Zero. My Man 3339 is correct. To bad you cant hear the fans concerns. Pride will Destroy this team Jim Buss. We know that this guy typing is working for you. Get a clue before all us Laker fans revolt.

          • hookedonnews

            Wish I was being paid by Jim Buss (or anyone else for that matter) for my comments. Yes, D’Antoni was surprised at his hiring because he, like everyone else, assumed that Phil Jackson was going to be hired– not because he doesn’t believe he can coach this team. As I’ve said more than once, there are plenty of good coaches who have never won a championship. Any owner who makes decisions based on the opinions of fans isn’t going to be very successful. If you read the comments on any article you will find an astonishing amount of misinformation and downright ignorance. I don’t know if D’Antoni can be successful with this roster, but the hatred he’s inspired in LA fans is uncalled for and frankly ridiculous.

          • 3339

            dantoni is the worst possible coach for the Lakers. any basketball fan with a brian knows this. Laker fans like myself don’t want the team to waste another year to find out what we already know. dantoni sucks, especially with the Lakers. he refuses to adjust and has no control over the situation at all. Kobe is running out of time and we want to try and have a realistic chance to win every year. dantoni doesn’t give us the opportunity to do that. Write it down, take a picture, quote me, whatever. the Lakers must fire dantoni in order to get better. We know that now, so why wait and waste time?

          • hookedonnews

            Evidently management believes differently. None of what you have said about D’Antoni is true. There are a lot of things going on with this team. There’s no guarantee that a different coach would bring a better result. Kobe wanted D’Antoni in LA. There’s no reason not to give him a chance to make it work. Kobe has already said that he may play another 3 or 4 years.

          • 3339

            he had a chance. he made a mess of our team. Kobe settled on dantoni. he wanted Phil or B. Shaw but once dantoni was hired, he just wanted to move forward but dantoni sucks man. he doesn’t coach bigs. Lakers are all about bigs. he must be fired.
            this fool only has this job because jimmy buss is trying to be as different from Phil as possible. dantoni can’t coach championship level basketball (defense).
            You got Phil, Magic, and basically every basketball expert saying the Lakers are misusing players. now come on, that means something is wrong. Another coach would actually use them properly.

          • hookedonnews

            No, he hasn’t had a real chance because he came in after the season started and because of the injuries. When Brown was fired Kobe was asked who he thought should be brought in to replace him. Kobe said Mike D’Antoni. Phil has his own agenda when he comments on the Lakers, and Magic is entitled to his opinion but he’s not that involved with the team. The only player that there was an issue about was Gasol. I think I’ve already explained that whole scenario in previous comments. Lakers in the past have been all about bigs, but that may not always be the case. Time to move out of the past and look to the future. The Lakers have been looking to move Gasol for at least a couple of years because they wanted a change in offensive philosophy. Phil Jackson didn’t coach defense either if you believe Kobe Bryant.

          • 3339

            last thing I’m saying about this is that good coaches have a plan. dantoni is clueless about what these guys should look like. It was nothing but a disorganized mess. wasn’t because of injuries, these guys had no idea how to play with dantoni there. The Lakers have no identity with him and no blueprints for success. Nothing but questions with no answers with dantoni.

    • crunch24

      And thats bogus! Everywhere no “D” Antoni coached, he never won anything. All his teams coached were ranked near the bottom defensively. U need defense to win championships. His record shows this.

      • hookedonnews

        The Suns won 62 games in D’Antoni’s first full season in Phoenix. That was more than any other team in the NBA. They went to the Western Conference Finals that year and the next. If you saw those games you know that the Suns didn’t lose because of their defense. Did they have great defensive teams? No. Did they have the best offensive team in the league? Yes. However, defense was not the reason they lost those series. I don’t know what you think was “bogus” in my comment, but everything I said was true. There are plenty of good coaches who haven’t won championships–Jerry Sloan, George Karl, Rick Adelman, Don Nelson, etc. I guess you think D’Antoni didn’t emphasize defense this season. This is not 2004, and he made it clear that defense was a priority. If you were watching the games, you realize that the Lakers defense improved toward the end of the season. There were a lot of reasons for the defensive problems they had in the beginning–injuries, turnovers, Kobe Bryant’s holding the ball and excessive shooting which caused the rest of the team to be disengaged and lethargic on both ends of the floor, etc. I know that you and a lot of fans want to believe that everything is D’Antoni’s fault, but that’s a simplistic view that doesn’t reflect the reality of what actually happened this season.

  • Rhamoz

    Mr. Mitch please, please, please listen to the majority! Bring back Phil Jackson or anyone mentioned BUT NOT D’ANTONI. I love my team so much. Thank you!

  • Alex Echeverria

    Dude Mitch!!! I like you, but you’re making a big mistake. Please reconsider and bring in Brian Shaw. If not this will tarnish your legacy as a gm among the lakers nation.

  • 3339

    No he won’t. Lakers are really ticking me off. Dantoni can’t coach. Mitch sounds like a fool. We all know they MUST fire dantoni in order to improve but those stubborn fools won’t for some idiotic reason. Keep him and the lakers will suck and dwight will leave.

  • quickster

    Would Mike Dantoni would have listen if the player is none other than Kobe Bryant? I don’t think so, let’s face it he has no choice but to listen and it’s no longer his system that is being run. I think the Lakers need to get rid of him. Mike Brown is a defensive coach, Mike Dantoni is a offensive coach neither system is working. Bring back Phil Jackson and the triangle. It works and won many championship for the Bulls and the Lakers.

  • Terrence

    We need a bench. Especially with the age of the starting unit. Gotten away with too many mediocre drafts, because they figured the starting unit would be good enough to offset a thin bench.

  • Joe Lettieri

    D’Antoni didnt show me anything ! What I saw was a flat uninspiring excuse and a confused puzzled coach,that couldnt handle the media or the players.Jim Buss ‘s hiring was more spite than intelligent.

  • Richard

    Let him walk or sign-trade him for a young PF to play alongside Pau and Kobe. D12 has no go-to move and he becomes a liability in crunch time when the defense tightened and/or packed inside. We will be better off with this line up.

    Center = Pau Gasol/Sacre

    A young PF(Josh Smith)/J.Hill

    Earl Clark/Metta

    Kobe/Morris

    Nash/Blake

    that’s a combination of experience, youth, and athleticism. We can still compete for championship with this line up. Even if Kobe returns at 80%, he is still better than 90% of shooting guards in the NBA.

  • LT Fang

    He’s coached one way for 30 years, but next year he promises to be flexible.
    Ya rite! Are you this stupid if you believe him??

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