After the Bulls game, D'Antoni's record is now at 12-19 coaching the Lakers.
Let's have a reminder of a few D'Antoni quotes when he was first hired. I was pro-Phil and this hire had red flags from the beginning.
D'Antoni at his introductory presser:
"I told Dwight today he can be in every play. We don't call plays. One of the least efficient plays in basketball is just a straight post-up."
A team with Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, Metta and he thinks any of them posting up will be inefficient.
Again at his intro presser:
D'Antoni says they're going to have to monitor Nash's minutes and take care of him with his health, just like he's always had to do. Will do the same with Kobe. When they need to win, those guys will play a lot.
No wonder Kobe is playing 42 min a game....
“If we’re not averaging 110 or 115 points per game, then we need to talk,” D’Antoni declared.
....................l o l.
"Defensively, we should be a bear."
After winning his debut, D'Antoni said, "With this team, there's no reason not to win every game."
Also during his intro presser...
"I tried coaching without (Steve Nash) and that didn't work out too well." (Referring to his tenure with the Knicks
Since the return of Steve Nash, the Lakers have gone 5-10. It's not working too well with Nash.
Which leads to the timeframe when Nash was injured...
D’Antoni believes Nash will help the Lakers overcome the ongoing learning curves. “It won’t cure everything, but it will help,” D’Antoni said. “If at that point, it doesn’t cure some stuff, we need to have some heart to hearts.”
And most recently...
“I told the team that the biggest thing is that our season starts Sunday,” coach Mike D’Antoni said, referring to the Lakers’ home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. “We put ourselves in this ditch and we are the only ones that can get ourselves out.”
So the Lakers are 2-3 on D'Antoni's "Our season starts Sunday" schedule....
The key trends is that D'Antoni generally tries to over deliver on expectations, and when that failed, he points the finger at the Nash injury..... and when Nash comes back and the problems look systemic, he uses some high school basketball coach mottos to try to motivate his team...... But he's got one of the most talented rosters, why doesn't he try coaching effectively? Oh yes, that's right...
"You don't try to over coach. You try to make it simple." D'Antoni on trying to get the most talent out of his players.