What if's for D'Antoni
I was thinking yesterday on the role of Coach Mike D'Antoni in today's league. His limitations are well-known at this point: as suspected, old, slow players who need half-court offense are simply not his thing. Although I agree with the Lakers decision to keep D'Antoni on board, but I think we all know he was a poor selection for Los Angeles.
But D'Antoni is far from useless. In fact, I think there are some teams in today's league that he would catalyze. I wanted to pitch this topic to the forum- which team would you want to see D'Antoni coach this upcoming season?
My main 'what if' teams for D'Antoni:
Thunder: This may sound blasphamous since the Thunder could easily win the West AS-IS. But Brooks is a crappy coach, and it's not like this team is executing stellar defense schemes anyways? Right? Ibaka blocks shots, Thabo guards the best scorer and Perkins clogs the paint, Collison does a little bit of everything. That's the crutch of the Thunder defense, Brooks didnt' bring that out of them. They have individual defensive contributors- that'd do the same things on a D'Antoni team.
In a D'Anotni scheme, Westbrook would have a clear lane because Ibaka would probably end up playing the 5, with a another shooter playing the 4. Could be interesting. Thunder fans please respond with as much hateful criticism- I don't care - it would be fun as hell to watch.
Again I want to hear the forum's thoughts.... What team would you like to see D'Antoni coach this season besides the Lakers? Please give explanations.
As a Phoenix fan, we had some great teams under Mike D'Antoni but I did always wonder if the "attack, attack, 8 second offence" could have actually won an NBA title as there were defensive issues all the time.
If you wanted to put Mike D'Antoni in a good situation, I wonder how he'd do with a young fast team built via the draft, they would be fun to watch but there would be mistakes if you had a young PG running a quick offence and how much would the players actually learn about how to grind out wins. The players would like him as they would put up great stats but the win column may not be that great.
I think Mike is best used in a role with a young core and maximizing young players potential. I think he would really give victor the confidence he needs to take that next offensive step. He could use MO and Tobias in various situations as well. NiK and andrew run the floor very well would be good for that group to take the next step
I think Golden State would be an ideal fit for D'Antoni. They have all the 3-point shooting he needs on that team minus some floor stretching big men.
That team has a good head coach. Coach Jackson is the right person for that team. He gets a lot out of his players and I just don't think they will be the same team with out him.
None of the teams in the NBA. He can go help out Division III school First Baptist Bible or something. The team Grinnell beat 179-104 then night Jack Taylor scored 138 point. He would fit right in.
Lol. I actually think he can coach. His philosophy played a part in the league changing identities towards small ball. And I think he can help any team score more points.
He might make a great assistant in the NBA though. His style doesn't win in the post season and he is too stubborn to change. The great coaches coach a complete game.
I just have an entirely different philosophy of what winning basketball is. Stressing defense repeatedly, and attempting to get the highest percentage shot attempt through; first, sprinting the court opting for numbers and uncontested up close looks, and secondly sharing the ball and making the defense work-which is the best defense of all as it keeps possession and fatigues the opponent. 7-8 second philosophy is incomprehensible to me. Gimmicks and short cuts don't succeed, it takes hard work.
Suns should have won if it weren't for Robert Horry checking Nash into the scorers table leading to Amare and Diaw being suspended. They had the Spurs on the ropes and would have had to face the Cavs who were awful outside of Lebron. That was the one and only year I really think the Suns "should" have won it.
I completely agree. While I don't think D'Antoni is an elite coach- he is still a good one who had a legit shot at a Finals appearance with the Suns. I think in this ESPN world, people can get a little caught up with the titles such as 'Championship Level Coach'. If the Suns won the Finals that year, the D'Antoni narrative would be much different right now.
Just saying he deserves a shot with another team that fits his style. Wish I could get more suggestions on this thread....
That was a stupid suspension by David Stern for suspending 2 guys for standing up then sitting back down, costing the Suns a title.
I always thought D'Antonio got a bad rap about his defensive coaching just because the Suns played at a very fast pace, so they of course gave up a lot of points per game. They weren't terrible when you looked at them points per possession. Also any team with Nash and Amare playing big minutes can't be an elite defensive team no matter who is the coach.