Whoops...meant to place the attached report from Ding in this thread and not in the Dr. Buss Appreciation thread...thanks for the head's up, Weez.
Asked about his role with Lakers compared to with Magic, Dwight had one good answer and one telling one: "I have to do whatever I can to help this team win." But as Dwight continued with his answer, he also noted: "Certain guys have to sacrifice more than others." Kevin Ding: D'Antoni is not focused on Lakers personality clashes: "On the court is where we're having our problems with chemistry."
Also in reference to charvin's post, I really hope that report is accurate. That will be very encouraging going forward. If Jeanie has a "say" in anything that we do, I feel much much better about moving forward.
Lastly, we all can agree for the most part that this wasn't the right direction to take the team. Jerry is doing what any good father would do and shield his kin....but Jimmy's imprint is all over the recent coaching hires. Its also blatantly obvious why the went away from Phil.
That being said, everybody deserves a chance to prove themselves. But what I don't like is when ego is deliberately at play and the guilty party is reluctant at relenting. I think the season just needs to play out and based off our talent and getting healthy, I still feel we can creep into the playoff race...but at this point, what's the point? You have a guy that is more interested in securing his future contract. You have vets who will bust their behinds to get us into the playoffs, but once we're there, they will surely be gassed. You have a coach that is terrible at game adjustments and proper gameplay philosophy with the personnel he has.
I much rather find a way to secure our draft pick so that Phx doesn't get it via the Nash trade. Use our assets and an expiring Pau this summer to make a power move to put Kobe in a situation that best utilizes the remainder of his career.
The FO wanted Showtime cause it gave them a style of basketball that was entertaining AND got them 5 rings. They ignored the triangle championship pedigree of 11 championships in the last 20 years because of it. But what made them think that MDA, Nash and Dwight were anything close to Riles, Magic and Kareem? Not even youth could do justice to that comparison...a younger Nash isn't anywhere near the physical specimen that Magic was. You look at Kobe and he's not an up and down guy....he's all about taking what the defense gives him...not running up and down with his head chopped off.
The FO needs to correct their ways and dismiss this ridiculous notion. MDA needs to be gone ASAP. Make good with Kobe right now....then when 2014 hits...abracadabra....a justification in returning to Showtime is bringing in the modern day version of Magic (both physically and talent-wise).