V.V.V.V.V. wrote:Every coach hire Jimmy has done has been a failure. The D'Antoni hire was the worst, since it was shown after his stint at Phoenix that he's a fraud. He hasn't won since then, and a young Nash was his reason for success. He doesn't know how to do anything except a fast-paced pg-dependent offense, and his brother is even more of a moron than him. Our defense is the worst in the league.
I expect that we keep him next year, since he has guaranteed money and since it's probably a rebuilding year, but he needs to go and be replaced by someone who has the confidence of the remaining players. I really hope that Dwight forces Jimmy's hand, and signs only if D'Antoni goes.
Jimmy's assessment of scouting has really turned out to be wrong, hasn't it? He shows no more knowledge of players or coaches than the casual fan, and he only knows how to swing for the fences with the big names. Unfortunately, in our era of over-hype, the big names don't always live up to the media-created expectations, so we have in reality an over-the-hill hall-of-fame point guard for 9 million a year, a former multiple DPOY with no offense trying to take over the #1 option, and an Olympic Gold Medal coach who doesn't know a thing about adjustments in game, or how inside-out basketball using bigs, etc. It's like Jimmy has been getting his ideas from watching games on TV circa 2005. He's not even following current hype.
Deep down I still believe that Lakers still have a shot at next year. Few things you need to take into consideration
If we get swept tomorrow
we will have approximately 5 months of rest. That should be sufficient enough to get everyone to a healthy state.
Secondly Jimmy needs to suck it up and ask Phil to coach again. Phil is like a bandage to stop the bleeding, kinda like what D Fish during his 2nd stint in LA. With Phil at the helm, you will have players respecting him and you can assure we will have a system in place and not run around the hardwood like idiots.
Interesting article I found when I was lurking on LG.
By KEVIN DING
EL SEGUNDO – The last time the Lakers were down, 3-0, in a playoff series wasn't so long ago – no matter the boldly stated preference for Phil Jackson over Mike D'Antoni in the Twitter account of Dwight Howard's girlfriend and the "We want Phil!" chants at Staples Center on Friday night.
It was during that 2011 postseason that Jackson tried something different than he ever had, which he reveals in his new book "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success," to be released to the public May 21. It's no small thing, and it might explain a little what happened to Jackson and that Lakers team that failed to win a third consecutive championship.
Jackson was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2011. After doctors assured him the cancer could be controlled by drugs temporarily, Jackson waited until after the season to undergo surgery.
Jackson decided to divulge his situation to his players when he sensed the team was lacking something in the playoffs.
"Shocking," Pau Gasol said Saturday, remembering Jackson's disclosure to the team. "But then you also could understand certain moments of his demeanor, energy and involvement because of what he was going through health-wise. It explained certain things. It was a shock. A difficult moment for the team."
Gasol said Jackson talked with team captains Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher privately before telling the whole team in a video session – but Jackson was left second-guessing the revelation in which he became teary-eyed as he spoke … the Lakers strangely fading in that series vs. Dallas.
Gasol allowed that it was different for the team to see Jackson – "such a big figure, the physical and spiritual leader of the team" – as vulnerable.
"As much as I love Phil and I appreciate everything about him," Gasol said, "it was difficult to know."
There were other factors in Dallas sweeping the Lakers in that second round – fatigue from the previous title runs, a new defense installed at midseason, Bryant's weak right knee, what Jackson called a serious family issue for Gasol that he still declined to detail Saturday.
But with a lack of the usual unwavering Jackson leadership, there was no saving those Lakers, and we're seeing something similar with these Lakers on the brink of a sweep in Mike D'Antoni's first playoff series: There's no way these Lakers are overcoming all these injuries when the trust in the leadership is lacking, too.
Gasol, Bryant, Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace have all publicly questioned D'Antoni's coaching this season, and the Lakers simply must – one way or another – get themselves on the same page next season.
Consider what Christine Vest, Howard's girlfriend, dared to deliver via Twitter during the Game 3 rout: "Officially can't stand D'Antoni." Although not an officially certified Howard spokesperson, when someone asked her if she could coach the team, Vest replied: "noooo lol Phil can tho."
D'Antoni has relented and run Howard's preferred post-up system late in the season, and style of offense is a big deal to Howard as he makes his final decision on free agency soon.
As far as Gasol goes, D'Antoni's late-season trust in him has been rewarded with triple-doubles left and right even as Gasol, 32, deals with lingering pain from the torn plantar fascia in his right foot and so much constant pain in both knees that he needs to research ways to regenerate tendon tissue in them this offseason. Gasol also told me he tore a ligament in his right middle finger during Game 3 Friday night and will wear a splint Sunday.
Injuries have certainly been the Lakers' season story, Gasol said, but right behind that has been "the new coach getting to know the team, the team getting to know the coach, making it work ... and it's different, just different."
Even though the Lakers' ultimate goal is to get under the luxury-tax plateau in 2014-15 to avoid the new NBA repeater tax, Gasol knows by now that the Lakers don't necessarily believe he and his $19 million salary suit them that well for 2013-14.
With Bryant, World Peace and Steve Blake injured – and Devin Ebanks a free-agent dead man walking – Gasol will the only player on the court Sunday left from Jackson's final Lakers team two years ago. From Jackson's 2009 title team, the whole roster has been turned over except for Bryant and Gasol.
And after all his oft-stated loyalty to the Lakers, Gasol knows by now it's perhaps time for another from Jackson's flock to be freed.
"I want to be in a situation where I'm utilized properly and I can maximize my talents," Gasol said. "I would love for that place to continue to be here, but it can't be like this year – or it can't be because now there are a couple injured players that we're doing that. That's something that will be discussed in the offseason."
Pretty much shows us that non of our players actually believes/respects MDA.