karacha wrote:Mitch says they are very happy with the job he is doing and I actually believe it.
Didn't Mitch say the same thing about Mike Brown shortly before he was axed?
Honestly, I am not sure. Perhaps he did... if there is some kind of link where he said it right before Brown was fired I would appreciate it.
Nevertheless, Brown was doing a bad job, installing Princeton with that team for absolutely no reason and just wasn't able to get along with the guys, not to mention Kobe's "death stare" (MDA has problems with Pau... other issues are not documented as far as I know); Our problems with injuries seriously destroyed any hope MDA could've had, regardless of how good of a coach he really is. It would take either a miracle or black magic to make this team good and consistent with all the lineup changes. At this point, I'm not even sure whether Mike D'Antoni is doing a good, or an awful job. He's not the right coach for the Lakers, but he's probably doing well in some areas and not so great in others, but again... with the team we currently have on the floor it's difficult to say anything
with certainty, except that he likes them to shoot the long ball and does not
like to play Kaman.
I also don't know what the team vision is right now. Have they truly decided to tank but pretend like it's injuries and setbacks stopping us for playing better ball? ... it's all very strange and unclear at this point.
But for some reason I believe Mitch this time. You know what? Here's the thing: we can see if I'm right or wrong, we just have to wait. But I don't think they will fire D'Antoni. Certainly not this season. Let's just wait and see. I just don't see what's the point in firing him now. In the worst case, keep him until the offseason. Nothing is going to change anyway -- we'll still suck and we're still going to pay him. My suggestion (like Mitch and Buss are going to read it) is to keep him for now and try to convince one of the Van Gundy brothers to coach the team next year (because Phil is not going to coach again and the same goes for Sloan).