I'd have to agree with you and The Rock about his comment on belief. I don't think I've ever gone through a season in the past 13 years where I've actually had some doubt as to whether or not the Lakers were going to win each upcoming game.
This season has been a jack-in-the-box. I don't know which games they will win, how well they will perform, and what the effort will be like. In the past, you had a sense that "Oh, this game should be a win moreorless".It's scary how D'Antoni almost makes the Mike Brown firing look like a bad move
WilliamHaven wrote:Seriously though....how do the Lakers NOT fire this guy this offseason. Brown was fired and he achieved more than this tool. Injuries or not, this guy has FAILED to lead this team anywhere. Even if it's not his coaching, the players obviously do not respond to his leadership.
At the time, there was a prevailing sense that Brown was stupid. Now the same thing seems to be happening with D'Antoni. I don't think that sentiment comes into play with coaches like Adelman, JVG, SVG, etc.
Brown REALLY didn't do himself any favors with how he ran his post game talks. The stat obsession made him seem oblivious to chemistry and rotations in favor of raw number crunching. Like he was playing 2K.
D'Antoni seems more competent on first impression, and handles himself better. His rotations have been bad, but he has also tried to restructure the identity of the team mid-season. Maybe he's not so bad, and these players are just having a coach killing season.
I also understand that he had a good working relationship with Nash. They were like partners in crime. That hasn't been a factor because Nash has ranged from invisible, to mediocre to liability.