Rock- I'll start by saying I've defended D'Antoni for the most part this season and guys like Doc, LJ, and Weezy can attest to that. I don't think he was the right hire, but there's professional courtesy at stake here that needs to be taken into account, along with some other things that mean D'Antoni will be here when the season starts.
But I will answer your post:
The Rock wrote:If his coaching didnt help how did Hill and Clark have their career best years under MDA?
Jordan Hill's numbers this season were very similar to what he's done throughout his career when given minutes and he played only 29 games. It's impossible to get a feel of whether or not he'd had a career best year this season. If anything he simply had another year of a pretty consistent career.
Earl Clark got an opportunity because Gasol and Hill were both injured. That had nothing to do with D'Antoni. Clark took the opportunity of injury, something that happens to at least one or two young guys every season. The one thing I will give D'Antoni credit for is giving Clark more minutes after his break through, but again he didn't have much choice.
The Rock wrote:If his coaching didnt help how did Ron have his best season offensively as a Laker? (until he got hurt in late March)
Ron had his best season offensively as a Laker in 2010 when he shot 41.4% from the field and 35.5% from deep. He averaged less points, but he also played less minutes. In 2010 he also averaged 3 assists/1.6 turnovers compared to 1.5 assists/1.3 turnovers. There's more to offense than simply how many points you score. This season Ron's offense was horrendous. He killed momentum almost every night. His outside shot was more unreliable than ever. He almost never made the right pass at the right time. And his fast breaks were some of the worst I've ever seen in professional or collegiate basketball.
The Rock wrote:f his coaching didnt help how did the adjustments he made helped team go 28-12?
Grammar problems aside, his coaching wasn't the only reason for the turnaround.
It took a team meeting in which the ENTIRE team decided to set aside the system they had been using (D'Antoni's) and do something else. That something else was leaning so heavily on Kobe that he couldn't come out of the game for 2-3 weeks straight. Not all of this is D'Antoni's fault and to his credit he DID draw up some nice plays eventually for Gasol/Howard, but it was not D'ANTONI that inspired to 28-12 run. It was Kobe, Howard, Pau, and the return of Steve Blake. D'Antoni might have helped it along, but he also helped push them to 17-25 as well.
The Rock wrote:If his coaching didnt help how did Nash/Kobe still thrive even though he took the ball out of Nash's hands?
That's a pretty loose use of the word "thrive". They won a great percentage down the stretch, but Nash wasn't around for a lot of that. In fact, Nash was terribly under utilized and when he was utilized a lot of his flaws were exposed. I'd like to think a lot of that was that leg break, but some of it was simply age. Nash had one of his worst seasons as a professional basketball player. Injury or not, I don't see how anyone could argue that he and Kobe THRIVED together...
The Rock wrote:He exhausted all the options, he put Pau in the post didnt work...I can pull up a CL thread again Pau got ample opportunities in the post up till mid Jan and was not efficient at all. Same goes for Dwight partly because of injuries. Our strength supposedly are our two bigs and yet when both were given ample opportunities they didnt score enough
Early in the season I agree with you that Pau and Dwight wasn't working. But D'Antoni did NOT exhaust all options. He in fact alienated Pau and tried to push him out the door. He leaned on Jamison a lot in that time period and in so doing alienated Pau even more. He didn't utilize Clark until he HAD to. He FORCED the ball to Dwight when that wasn't working well. All options where exhausted? I don't think so. I think the only option that was exhausted was Kobe.
The Rock wrote:Then he tried the Nash-Centric offense when he came back around DEC, it didnt work..Nash was 1 yr older + injuries taken a toll + lack of spacing didnt really fit Nash's style of play
The Rock wrote:He tried Duhon/Morris at PG...he benched Jamison several games in a row to play Jordan Hill (A better rebounder and defender) ahead of him
He sure did.
The Rock wrote:What more can he do?? He went through the entire roster even gave Ebanks a starting role...that didnt work either
Design an offense around the pieces available to him. The players aren't responding to your system? Do something else. Howard is weak and ineffective in post opportunities coming off of his injuries? Put him in pick and roll situations. Nash isn't strong enough to handle the ball anymore? Have him play off the ball more when playing against starters. Gasol can't shoot efficiently? Have him move the ball more often and only take shots near the rim.
Sound familiar? These are all the things that happened late in the season when the players took control in a meeting. This is all the very simple coaching changes that the team recognized before D'Antoni did.
The Rock wrote:This year was the worst season I can remember when it comes to injuries, guys going in and out of the lineup and the lack of a bench didnt help either
The Rock wrote:He's clueless on Defense but it doesnt help to have aging/slow legs out there either
The Rock wrote:If you're gonna complain about his inability to coach defense that is absolutely legit. And thats a deserved criticism
We are all agreed on this.
The Rock wrote:If he can help us turnaround from being like 10th in the West in Jan and then go 28-12 in the West he's good enough for me to win a title with given the resources
He's not. He's an average coach and going up against someone like Popovich or Rivers or Jackson, he'll lose the coaching battle every time. The only way to get him a Championship is to get him Miami's roster, which is something we have no chance of doing. He needs a team of great players in their primes surrounded by shooters. Does that sound like something the Lakers have? Of course not.
He's not the right coach for this team, he SHOULD be fired on a merit basis. But there's such a thing as professional courtesy and a professional franchise like ours will give D'Antoni the chance to prove himself. Maybe you're right, Rock. Maybe D'Antoni is actually good enough to win a title. But much like ESPN trying to convince me LeBron is the next Greatest of All Time, the evidence is stacked against you. Outside of his 28-12 run, you have literally nothing else to stand on. He's had little post season success, his style of play has shown almost no sustainability, and he as a coach has done nothing to earn the trust you're giving him. His resume is overwhelmingly underwhelming. The Lakers will give him his shot and either fire him midseason to bring in Shaw or Rambis. Or they'll fire him after the season when the Lakers get bounced in the first round again.
The one thing we can hope is that Gentry and McMillan find their ways here.