therealdeal wrote:^ That's what a lot of people are missing though. The Lakers f***ed up by hiring D'Antoni that much is clear.
And yet they're such a well run BUSINESS that they're taking lumps just to see out their coach. If you fire him right away without a shot, you're just telling any coach you hire that the FO doesn't have your back in tough situations. We as fans can be upset all we want, but if this were any other business D'Antoni's job wouldn't really be in question at all.
Other coaches appreciate that. Just like you said Tobias, they won't fire D'Antoni even though he's clearly not a great fit. They'll give him a shot. The next coach looking in will think "Damn, all I have to do is better than THAT and I'll be given even more chances and even more trust".
^^ Well said realdeal. However, if standing by D' Antoni costs the Lakers the guy they want in Dwight Howard then it's compounding a bad decision with stubbornness and not paying attention to the signs that they need to accommodate what their free agent wants. Especially when D' Antoni simply wasn't a good fit at all, regardless of whether he got a training camp or not.
There just isn't much there to justify sticking with this guy. The only reasonable thing has been what you said, well, we'll give him another chance as he's already under contract and it doesn't look good to fire yet another coach. On the other hand, they did the same for Mike Brown. They gave him another chance and it turned out disastrously. The worst thing in my opinion would be to have that happen all over again. I'd rather start out with someone new before training camp rather than after.