Mike D'Antoni to the Lakers?!
If what I just read isn't hog wash, looks like Phil Jackson is not the next coach for the Lakers, but it's Mike D'Antoni. Will be interesting to see how the bigs fit in his system...
yup, david aldridge just twitted, From Phoenix to New york and Now the Lakers, he will be reunited with nash,
lakers would be fun to watch this year, Pick and Roll of Nash and Howard, Remeber the Nash-Stoudamire time?
They went from a coach who was great with defense but clueless about offense, to a coach who is great with offense but clueless about defense. Interesting.
I think this was the wrong call, Nate McMillan would have been my ideal replacement for Brown; his half-court grind style suits a team that is amongst the oldest in the NBA, as opposed to D'Antoni's run-and-gun system which won't hold up against the teams like Miami and OKC which are simply better transition teams than L.A.
Defence wins championships, I'm not sure how they haven't figured it out yet; even with all their offensive firepower, without an intelligent defensive scheme to cover the weaknesses of their perimeter defenders (Nash and Kobe - to an extent) they aren't setting themselves up for a championship run.
I think this was premature and could hurt them in the long-run.
Feels like they jumped the gun. Were Phil's demands to high? Just feels like they rushed this move
I believe Phil did not want to travel to away games. When your head coach doesn't want to travel to half of the games during the season, that might be a breaking point. No matter who it is.
@geothermal: you mean pick&roll with Nash and Gasol?
Bernie Bickerstaff will go down in history as the coach with the highest lakers winning percentage!
Tracking Bernie's career path is funny. He almost always seems to find his way on staffs with shaky head coaching situations. This guy is a shark.
Yeah TOL23,i also heard Jackson didnt want to travel to alot of east coast games...Thats no-no,for a head coach..But the main reason Jackson wasnt hired,was becuz he wanted a say so in management decisions..And the egomaniac Jim Buss wanted no part of that..Nor did they want to pay Jackson the 15 million a year he reportly wanted.....He and Jackson have a history of butting heads...Some felt that Jim Buss's dislike for Jackson was the main reason why Brian Shaw didnt get the head coaching job last time....
I guess Jim Buss couldn't stomach the idea of Phil d!cking both his sister and his old man out of the family business.....
This was about money. The Lakers just signed a $3 billion TV contract. What's more fun to watch? The triangle or run and gun? They're trying to get back to "Show Time" lol.
Problem is your team is old.
And lastly, it looks like they forgot that at the end of the day, it's about winning. Those Suns teams never won titles. Phil Jackson has won a title every where he's been and he's one of the best defensive coaches too.
Alot of SAD Lakers fans today..They were so exciting of the idea that Phil Jackson coming back....After hearing the bad news,Lakers are feeling the same way Mitt Romney supporters felt wednesday morning.....
Jim Buss wanted to hire his Golfing buddy Mike Dunleavy,but finally agreed with some others in the front office that D'Antonio's run & gun offense was exactly what the team needed.....
I swear these decisions never cease to amaze me.
I swear these decisions never cease to amaze me.
D'Antoni will have to show some adapatability. More than he has in previous years. This roster isn't exactly the greatest fit for his system. It lacks shooters, team speed and Dwight is a reluctant PnR guy (although he's good at it). Gasol will need his paint touches too, but 2 paint bigs in at the same time doesn't fit D'Antoni's schemes.
He certainly won't help their defensive woes either.
If it really came down to P-Jax and and D'Antoni, this decision is puzzling. It probably wasn't a simple choice b/t the 2 though. It was more like D'Antoni vs P-Jax/more money/ more power and influence over personnel decisions/ more accommodations.
The Lakers need more shooters to open up the floor. There's a trade rumor floating around out there involving sending Pau Gasol to the Hawks for Josh Smith, Kyle Korver and Johan Petro's expiring contract.
Why would the Hawks make that trade??
Why would the Lakers hire Mike D'Antoni over Phil Jackson, who's won 11 championships? Why hire Mike Brown in the first place? Why give Joe Johnson $123 million? Why have a lot of things been done?
The answer is, I have no idea. But this is a rumor I've seen.
I imagine Ferry is smart enough to know that Pau a move for the Hawks future would not work.
I still feel the Hawks are going young.
If you thought the Lakers didn't play defense before...
I think if Lakers are healthy and add some quality shooters, this team will be better than the Phoenix teams that Mike coached and those teams when healthy could have won it all.
I thought they would try to find a happy medium between defense and offense.. Should be interesting.
The Lakers made the right call. It would have taken untill after the allstar break for Dwight, Nash and a few newcomers to learn a decent level of the triangle. I would imagine that mistakes would still be made entering the playoffs. Its a different animal than the Princeton but that doesn't make it any less challenging to perfect and make look effortless.
Since the Lakers want to "win now", the easiest and most productive offense is going to be 7 seconds or less. Lets just hope the Lakers conditioning level is up to snuff. Lets not forget that D'Antoni has never had a frontline like Howard, Gasol and MWP to hold things down on the defensive end.
Wow, those rumors read my mind, I was just thinking that there's no way Gasol and Howard are going to excel in this system, he doesn't want post up players, which is why getting Josh Smith and Korver would be huge for the Lakers.
Phil wanted too much, he wanted travel restrictions, a high salary, final say in basketball decisions, and a stake in ownership. But the ultimate reason was Jim Buss' ego, but I still think the Lakers will be great to watch, but I honestly can't see Pau, Artest, and Kobe running the lanes like Barbosa Stoudemire and Diaw used to.
....so you dont get Phil...ok. was Jerry Sloan not interested??
I agree I don't understand how you don't even give Jerry Sloan an interview unless he wasn't interested. If Phil Jackson wasn't going to work, Jerry Sloan was by far the next best option in my opinion.
I wish the Lakers luck, but I don't imagine them being a championship team with D'Antoni at the helm.
I could see how Korver would fit, but not Josh Smith. What D'antoni's system requires, outside of the primary PnR guys, is players who can make quick, simple decisions and can shoot. That doesn't describe Josh Smith at all. He doesn't spread the floor any more than Pau does. The only reason why they should acquire Josh Smith is to give Dwight even more of a reason to stay...although Smith is expiring and wants a max contract despite not being worth it.
Shawn Marion couldn't spread the floor either though and he had major success in D'Antoni's system playing with Steve Nash. You don't think Josh Smith can come close to being that type of player?
Marion under D'antoni shot over 3 3's a game at a slightly below league average clip (33-34%, league average is around 35). Josh Smith can't shoot at all. IMO, he's also a poor decision maker who likes to hold the ball to try to make plays. I think there'd be even more spacing problems with Smith than there'd be with Pau.
I wouldn't say it was Buss' ego.
I mean, if your head coach wants to be paid more than any other coach in the league, not go to away games, not go to practice if it's not in Cali or Arizona, have a say in basketball decisions AND a stake in ownership... you have to draw a line somewhere. You can't pay someone double than most coaches while doing only a third of the job.
I mean, if you go to apply for a job and start with "I want to get a bigger check than everyone here but I'm going to work when I want, the hours I want, as much as I want, be in charge of personnel, and I want a piece of your company"
You're not going to get the job. I don't care who you are.
Pau and Howard can work Mike made Shaq and Amare work
This is a awful move. Mike D'Antoni couldn't do anything for the similar built Knicks. Nate Mcmillan is a great coach and would be the best choice.
^You beat me to it, I was about wonder why no one had mentioned Nate McMillan.
He's the best coach because his teams play a tough grind it out half court styled game, and his defense is great as well. He's the perfect coach for all of these vets and Kobe would still get his fair share of Isos and he'd know how to get Pau and Dwight both their fair share of touches in the post, although his system might not use Nash's strengths very well.
Jim buss iz airhead