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Shootaround Report: Kobe Bryant Says Mike D’Antoni His First Choice Reviewed by Momizat on . Lakers fans, if you have faith in the purple and gold, it's time to lay off the "we still want Phil" chants. At shootaround this morning, according to ESPN's Da Lakers fans, if you have faith in the purple and gold, it's time to lay off the "we still want Phil" chants. At shootaround this morning, according to ESPN's Da Rating:
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Shootaround Report: Kobe Bryant Says Mike D’Antoni His First Choice

Lakers fans, if you have faith in the purple and gold, it’s time to lay off the “we still want Phil” chants. At shootaround this morning, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, even Kobe Bryant said Mike D’Antoni was his number one choice.

Not only did Kobe refer to D’Antoni as an “offensive genius,” he told everyone to lay off the notion that D’Antoni’s defensive lax is an issue. News flash for everyone partaking in Phil and D’Antoni comparisons, Kobe can count how many times he ran defensive drills with Jackson on one hand.

Both Bryant and Steve Nash, positively used the word ‘feisty’ to describe D’Antoni at shootaround this morning, According to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, Bryant even praised his “temperamental” side.

To be fair, according to Sam Amick of USA Today, Bryant admitted that surprise coincided with his excitement of the new hire.

“I mean I really didn’t know what to expect, to be honest. I think we all were kind of thinking it was going to be Phil. It probably caught Mike (D’Antoni) off-guard a little bit too, but I’m excited.”

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D’Antoni will not make his Lakers coaching debut tonight against the San Antonio Spurs, but according to Lakers spokesman John Black he will be introduced to the team and the general public on Thursday. Although subject to change, D’Antoni told Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers that if everything goes according to plan, he will be coaching Sunday against the Houston Rockets.

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  • hookedonnews

    If you want Phil you need to get over it. Phil could have had the job if he had been reasonable in what he asked for. He wanted too much control and concessions no one would have given him. Get over it and get behind the team. If D’Antoni is good enough for Kobe, he should be good enough for the fans. Can we just move on now and leave the drama behind?

  • Betto

    My first choice was Jerry Sloan, second Phil then D’Antony, was hoping they would get Phil Jackson, it was disrespectful what they did to Phil, he helped win 5 tittles.. After watching some video in a few places I understand why they got MD, I’m sure the princeton offense is out the door and bring in D’Antonis offense, I think the weakness is the defense since it isn’t MD’s strongest suit and I’m sure they will work on that..

  • Jovani

    No…no we can’t and the excessive news columns will show that so…get over this drama and get used to it until it boils over…Geesh

  • lacor

    i love PHIL-ippines…..

  • kmac_321

    The big reason why Phil had a 2 hour long interview was to only appease the fans for the chants and the support for Phil. Jim Buss is the real guy to blame here. He already knew if Phil Jackson was going to be named head coach of the Lakers he would have a majority of Power on the team leaving Jim out of the picture! Jim Buss wants all the control he can fathom and he wants to erase everything from what Phil Jackson built over the organization the Buss family bought! It was a charade … a whole charade this entire time to the Laker Fans and I am disgusted that what I said is the truth behind the coaching decision….ticked off!!! ERRR

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