Who Should Be The Lakers New Head Coach?

Who should be the Lakers New Head Coach?

Phil Jackson
73
58%
Mike D'Antoni
30
24%
Jerry Sloan
14
11%
Nate McMillan
2
1%
Mike Dunleavy
3
2%
Bernie Bickerstaff
2
1%
 
Total votes : 124

Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby MadMax on Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:24 pm

kray28 wrote:His brother's middle name is Tony. I kid not.

Full name: Dan Tony D'Antoni

He goes by that, but apparently not his given name.
Dan D'Antoni, whose given name is Lewis Joseph D'Antoni II
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby OX1947 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:35 pm

MadMax wrote:
kray28 wrote:His brother's middle name is Tony. I kid not.

Full name: Dan Tony D'Antoni

He goes by that, but apparently not his given name.
Dan D'Antoni, whose given name is Lewis Joseph D'Antoni II


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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby tigerjeterkobe on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:08 pm

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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Legendary on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:09 pm

D'Antoni will be on TWC Sportsnet after the current commercial break....his first T.V.interview.
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby CaCHooKa Man on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:16 pm

he looks like hes just been wearing his team usa gear since the olympics ended
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Weezy on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:19 pm

Legendary wrote:D'Antoni will be on TWC Sportsnet after the current commercial break....his first T.V.interview.


Dang that was cold them showing Kobe talking about dropping 62 on the Knicks while 'Antoni was coaching and making him respond to that, at least he laughed. :man10

Also, don't think he should have to be answering questions about Phil, "I know people are sad Phil won't be coaching the team, he is the greatest coach ever, if not one of the top 2 or 3". Damn 'Antoni, make me feel bad for you why don't you? :mhihi:
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby The Original 81 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:20 pm

CaCHooKa Man wrote:he looks like hes just been wearing his team usa gear since the olympics ended


I thought the same thing, why the hell is he wearing that shirt right now? Just a coincidence really but strange.
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Legendary on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:23 pm

He's taking that "No D" thing to heart.

And Kobe said earlier, something to the effect, that they're hearing about this "No D" thing as well and are going to prove some folks wrong.
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Weezy on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:25 pm

Was a good interview, he finally stood up for himself there at the end about defense, and admitted he can give people quotes to fuel negative talk by getting 'snappish' , which I assume is a mixture of him snapping or being snippy :man10: , and said he will try to change that here. His teams were never great on defense and I think that's at least a big part fact, but he's also right that if they played NO defense they wouldn't have been that far in the playoffs every year.
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Vasashi17 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:30 pm

Notable Rambis absence during the interview. That would've made for some good TV..haha.
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Kit on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:36 pm

I thought about that but was the interview live or recorded before the pregame show?
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Vasashi17 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:43 pm

^^^ You could be right...I didn't really watch the #Lakeshow# ....so the interview could have been done earlier. Needless to say Rambis was a pro and really didn't raise any eyes during the show. I had my popcorn out and nothing happened :man10:
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby blakeruns on Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:02 pm

i wanted Phil. i'll accept MDA. i have to. it could be worse.

my hope is that Nash and MDA kill themselves to finally get a ring together.
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Sean on Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:39 pm

blakeruns wrote:i wanted Phil. i'll accept MDA. i have to. it could be worse.

my hope is that Nash and MDA kill themselves to finally get a ring together.


+1

in 2 lines of text, you have summed up the last two days of arguing in this thread. well said.
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:56 pm

The Original 81 wrote:
CaCHooKa Man wrote:he looks like hes just been wearing his team usa gear since the olympics ended


I thought the same thing, why the hell is he wearing that shirt right now? Just a coincidence really but strange.


I wondered too then I thought he probably wore it because he doesn't have any Lakers gear. Thats the only Basketball type thing he could wear. Im going with that
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby GNC on Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:49 am

got some good laughs from this Simers article. I must say D'Antoni had some good quotes :man10:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketbal ... 758.column
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Alcindor on Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:49 am

GNC wrote:got some good laughs from this Simers article. I must say D'Antoni had some good quotes :man10:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketbal ... 758.column


you have to give a credit card # to see the article, nty
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby GinoDB on Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:56 am

puffyusaf#2 wrote:
The Original 81 wrote:
CaCHooKa Man wrote:he looks like hes just been wearing his team usa gear since the olympics ended


I thought the same thing, why the hell is he wearing that shirt right now? Just a coincidence really but strange.


I wondered too then I thought he probably wore it because he doesn't have any Lakers gear. Thats the only Basketball type thing he could wear. Im going with that


reminding us why hes a good choice with so many doubters around
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Helljumper on Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:44 am

Is there a video online of D'antoni's interview yesterday?
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby GNC on Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:47 am

Alcindor wrote:
GNC wrote:got some good laughs from this Simers article. I must say D'Antoni had some good quotes :man10:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketbal ... 758.column


you have to give a credit card # to see the article, nty


really... I see it without cc #

see below
So here I am, the Welcome Wagon, the first media guy in Los Angeles talking to Mike D'Antoni and he's not quitting.

I thought I would be spending the day genuflecting in front of the Zen Master again, but by the time I'm finished with D'Antoni I'm thinking, "Phil who?"

It may be April, May or, for his sake, June before we find out if D'Antoni is the right choice to coach the Lakers.

But I can tell you in the meantime folks here are going to fall hard for his self-deprecating humor.

He talks funny, some kind of West Virginia thing, but that's worked here before. And he's willing to poke fun at himself.

"I've got some really close friends who are Laker fans," D'Antoni says. "And they were disappointed I got the job."

He talks about family, his father, who will be 99 on New Year's Eve, and his fondness for people. He's human, so we can already see the differences between him and Jackson.

He's scheduled to arrive Wednesday in Los Angeles, meet the team on Thursday, and he's pointing to the weekend — most likely Sunday — to make his Lakers coaching debut.

"It depends how I feel," he says. "I think miraculously I'll start feeling better when Steve [Nash] is feeling better. I've already tried coaching without him and that didn't work out too well, so I'm thinking I'll be smart this time."

D'Antoni is two weeks removed from having his right knee replaced. He's down to one crutch or a cane, having left the hospital shortly after Sandy passed through and took away the electricity. It forced him to take a room in a retirement home.

"Here I am retired, in my 60s, wondering what I'm going to do with the rest of my life. My wife is thinking I like board games and Jello and I'm worried when the electricity comes back whether she's going to bring me home or not."

Then he gets a phone call from the Lakers. Leave it to Jim Buss, as the criticism will go later if this doesn't work, to find the replacement for Mike Brown in a retirement home.

"I'm not drawing up plays or texting anyone because I figure, like everyone else, it's Phil's job," D'Antoni says.

He spends all day Sunday talking to the Lakers while everyone else thinks Jackson's agent is doing a deal with the team.

So if D'Antoni wasn't who he is and he was asked who he would he hire — Jackson or D'Antoni — never mind, he finds that hilarious.

"Is that a trick question? I'd like to think I'm humble enough to say the other guy because of what he's done, but you know we're all dogs at heart."

He accepts the job with the Lakers' proviso that he will quickly do a contract.

He takes a pay cut, going from $6 million a year as coach of the Knicks to $4 million with the Lakers.

"Keep in mind I'm unemployed," he says.

The Lakers are apparently in a hurry to quell the momentum to hire Jackson. I just want to know how a coach like D'Antoni goes from being 121-167 and not winning a playoff game with New York to coaching the Lakers?

"There is a thing called luck in this world," D'Antoni says.

He says his disappointing run in New York left him with scars. "But if you touch the scars I will laugh because they hurt so much," he says.

Reminded that the fans in Staples Center have been chanting, "We want Phil," D'Antoni says, "They can't chant, 'We want Mike,' because they got him."

D'Antoni's older brother Dan will join him on the Lakers' coaching staff, and D'Antoni says he will reach out to the defensive-minded Nate McMillan later.

The only time D'Antoni gets defensive is when defense is mentioned and it's suggested there is no D in D'Antoni.

"Do you know how old that is?" he says.

"OK, so people say when it comes to defense, your teams are horrible."

"You're listening to the wrong guys, so there you go," Antoni says.

Sorry, dropped the D.

"The D I have right now is Dwight," he says. "I've got Dwight Howard back there and we'll see how that D helps my name.

"We have great defenders; what am I going to tell them? Not to play defense? We're going to be good defensively."

The Lakers say they hired D'Antoni because he's a better fit with these players than Jackson. It's ludicrous.

D'Antoni's style of play might be a better fit for fans tired of the triangle, but the Lakers' aging roster and shallow bench might not suit his style.

"I've always looked at Showtime as the model we would like to pursue," he says. "And we can run, and push the ball.

"It's going to be a great offensive team," he says. "It might not be seven seconds or less. Maybe the next book has to be 20 seconds or less."

The ball will start in Nash's hands before he passes it to Kobe. "I've got no problem with Kobe going off for 60," he says. "I know his mind-set; it's same as mine: Win."

D'Antoni says, "We'll put shooters all over the place," ignoring how shallow the Lakers' bench is. And he calls Steve Blake "a great shooter," so we know he's a dreamer.

He got rid of Jordan Hill while they were together in New York. "Yeah," he jokes, "we dumped him to make room to maybe sign LeBron James. Sorry."

We've been told he's close to Kobe, but in the book ":07 Seconds or Less," about the Suns' 2005-06 season, D'Antoni mocks Kobe for sharing the ball in the 2006 playoff series.

"Well, isn't that what you're supposed to do?" asks D'Antoni in the book. "Now he's the savior because he's playing that way? He's no god."

D'Antoni laughs. "Did I say that? I'm sure I said that. I'm sure Kobe will beat me up for it too, and he should. But he knows I have the most respect for him of anybody."

Jackson called Kobe "uncoachable" in one of his books, and D'Antoni has his own experience with Carmelo Anthony.

"Hell, I'm uncoachable at times," he says. "I've never been around anyone with the intensity Kobe has. …Sometimes he might come off the floor cussing me out in Italian, which is good so people won't understand. I'm cool with that."

Jackson has 203 more playoff wins than D'Antoni, but it's the next set of playoff games that matter.

"And we're going to be good, he promises. "And have fun along the way."

Worst case scenario, he knows a good retirement home
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Kit on Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:48 am

Alcindor wrote:
GNC wrote:got some good laughs from this Simers article. I must say D'Antoni had some good quotes :man10:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketbal ... 758.column


you have to give a credit card # to see the article, nty


That mean you've reach the limit of viewing.
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Tragic on Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:52 am

blakeruns wrote:i wanted Phil. i'll accept MDA. i have to. it could be worse.

my hope is that Nash and MDA kill themselves to finally get a ring together.
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Lakerman JSJ on Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:12 pm

Magic Johnson signed onto Twitter, then wrote:The reason I haven't tweeted in 2 days is because I've been mourning Phil Jackson not being hired as the Lakers head coach.


https://twitter.com/MagicJohnson/status/268787309254688769

After having so many unflattering things to say about Magic, I can't help but wonder what kray thinks about seemingly agreeing so wholeheartedly with him on this topic.

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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby kray28 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:42 pm

I might not be so sweet on Magic, but you'd never believe how much I loved him when he was playing for us. I cried and spent a month in near depression after I found out about Magic's illness.

Yes, Magic and I agree here, we're both fans. We care about championships and we care about the legacy of this franchise. Choosing Pringles over Phil has an impact on that.

I think since Magic left the Lakers he has become a bigger fan.
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Re: Mike D'Antoni is your New Lakers Head Coach

Postby Lets Go Lakers on Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:43 pm

Like most Laker fans, i was disappointed to hear that D'Antoni was announced the coach. But i think there is more to the story than just PJ being blind sided. I think if PJ really wanted to coach, it was his job to lose but something just wasn't right.

I thought PJ was right for the job because he could command the respect of the players and get them to play hard. I thought that was more important than the X's and O's of the game. At least for this veteran team. But i will reserve judgment and let D'Antoni have a shot.
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