Jump to content




Photo

Mike D'Antoni Talks Defense, Kobe, and More


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 MadSci

MadSci

    Stay Gold

  • 4,753 posts
  • Joined: May 31, 2010
  • Location:Los Angeles
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe Bryant

Posted November 13, 2012 - 11:14 AM

Mike D'Antoni admires Kobe Bryant's intensity, 'good or bad'


In Part 2 of an exclusive interview with The Times' T.J. Simers, the new Lakers coach says he looks forward to working with the star player once described by Phil Jackson as uncoachable.


By T.J. Simers
November 13, 2012, 10:33 a.m.

Here’s a little more from an hourlong interview with new Lakers’ coach Mike D’Antoni which will appear in a Page 2 column later.

Remarkably, he didn’t hang up, so we know he’s tough, but what’s with the “D’’ in D’Antoni? I didn’t think there was any.
“Do you know how old that is?’’ he says.


“OK, so people say when it comes to defense, your teams are just horrible.’’

“You’re listening to the wrong guys, so there you go,’’ D’Antoni says. “I don’t buy into it; how do you win 62 games [in Phoenix] and not play defense?

“We have the best road record in the league and you only win on the road with defense. Some things really don’t match up. We’re going to play good defense.

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

D’Antoni’s Suns played the Lakers in the 2006 playoffs, falling behind 3-1 before coming back to win the series.

In the book, ":07 seconds or less," the Suns were critical of the Lakers, with D’Antoni mocking Kobe Bryant for getting credit for sharing the ball.

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

So what about it, Mike?

“Did I say that?" says Antoni. “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."

In one of Jackson’s books, he called Kobe, "uncoachable." D’Antoni seemed to have the same problem with Carmelo Anthony in New York, ultimately contributing to D’Antoni’s resignation.

"Hell, I’m uncoachable at times," he says. “There are a lot of people who are uncoachable but they are the best at what they do in the world, so I don’t see it as a problem. I see it as an unbelievable asset.

"The guy is an unbelievable player and I’ve never been around anyone with the intensity he has. Sometimes it goes either way, good or bad, but I will take his ability play hard and his desire to win.

"And you know what, sometimes he might come off the floor cussing me out in Italian, which is good so many people won’t understand. And that’s great. I’m cool with that and cool with guys who want the same thing I want, which is winning."

More to come…



The North Remembers


#2    

   

  • 40,604 posts
  • Joined: Aug 26, 2010

Posted November 13, 2012 - 11:17 AM

Lol, typcial TJ. Had to take a shot at Kobe with the 'once mentioned Kobe as 'uncoachable'' smh.

yo.


#3 West Coast

West Coast

    LN Senior Editor

  • 21,428 posts
  • Joined: Jul 31, 2008
  • Location:California
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe Bryant

Posted November 13, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Lol, typcial TJ. Had to take a shot at Kobe with the 'once mentioned Kobe as 'uncoachable'' smh.


I cannot stand Simers. He's so unprofessional especially when it comes to USC football.

A lot of people in the industry can't stand him either. I constantly hear bad stuff about him

#4 Hollywood

Hollywood

    "Hey Now"

  • 17,703 posts
  • Joined: Dec 27, 2011
  • Location:Berkeley
  • Name:Fernando
  • Fan Since:Kobe Shaq Era
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe, Shaq, West, D12?

Posted November 13, 2012 - 01:24 PM

Still saying kobes uncoachable? Lol have not heard that one in years
Posted Image

#5 Majesty

Majesty

    Luol Deng's cousin is awesome. Thanks for the pizza!!

  • 41,196 posts
  • Joined: Dec 11, 2011
  • Name:Jay
  • Fan Since:1987
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe present, Magic past

Posted November 13, 2012 - 02:55 PM

Still saying kobes uncoachable? Lol have not heard that one in years



people still act "surprised" when Kobe passes

Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic? - Robert Flores


#6 West Coast

West Coast

    LN Senior Editor

  • 21,428 posts
  • Joined: Jul 31, 2008
  • Location:California
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe Bryant

Posted November 13, 2012 - 03:01 PM

people still act "surprised" when Kobe passes


WTF? Kobe doesn't pass. He's a ball hog.

#7 gque24

gque24

    Starter

  • 4,371 posts
  • Joined: Sep 03, 2009
  • Location:Sky High
  • Fan Since:1985
  • Fav. Laker:KOBE

Posted November 13, 2012 - 03:02 PM

Lol, typcial TJ. Had to take a shot at Kobe with the 'once mentioned Kobe as 'uncoachable'' smh.


^^^THis exactly TJ still using any chance he gets to hate on Kobe. He knows deep down without Kobe none of the last 16 yrs & still counting of good fortune could have occured without him. But Kobe is the easy mark/target for critics & haters so he must keep up his usual MO.
Never Wrong Always Right Like Freeway Exits!!




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users