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#1 MDI


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Posted November 13, 2012 - 11:46 AM


Just finished interviewing new Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni by telephone, and how’s that for a fine start in town — he's talking to Page 2.

It’s going to take a little while to transcribe tape and write a column, but here’s how we began Tuesday morning.
"Got bad news for you, Mike. You’re losing 73% to 11% to Phil Jackson in a poll of who people would like to see coaching the Lakers."

D’Antoni laughs. "I’ve got some really close friends who are Laker fans and they were disappointed I got the job."
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 is still recovering from reconstructive surgery on his right knee. He’s getting around now with one crutch or a cane.
He will fly to Los Angeles on Wednesday, meet his team Thursday and says he’s probably aiming to make his Lakers coaching debut Sunday.

"When I feel better I’ll start coaching, and I think miraculously I’ll start feeling better when Steve [Nash] is feeling better," he says. "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."
If the tape recorder batteries hold up, more to come soon.

Hes in town on Wednesday but maybe they told him to start Sunday so that Kareem's statue unveiling gets the bigger headline?



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Posted November 13, 2012 - 11:49 AM

Nice, I heard it was going to be Friday but Sunday it is. I hope our fans stay classy.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 11:51 AM

The more I read about this guy, the more I'm pumped and excited. I hope it all works out.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 11:53 AM

That's a lot of talk out of Pringles. Will he back that up?


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Posted November 13, 2012 - 12:16 PM

He told Seacrest Friday tho


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Posted November 13, 2012 - 01:06 PM

Fri or Sun! Place your bets!!!

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 01:09 PM

I accept him as our coach but I'm gonna give him a chance and have a wait and see policy with low expectations.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 01:14 PM

Guess we'll see.....Friday or Sunday.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 03:27 PM

I'm curious to see what he will actually setup in the short amount of time he has. Will he employ a real basic version of his system or continue on with how Bernie has been running things?

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 04:38 PM

I think it depends, if he gets a practice in I think we'll see them run a few plays but I'm not expecting much this week.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 04:52 PM

Hopefully he comes in Friday.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 05:10 PM

Just letting the guys plays freely and having fun will be better than anything Mike Brown was doing.


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Posted November 13, 2012 - 05:14 PM

Depends, if we blow out the Spurs today Bernie will probably get some more time.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 05:45 PM

I hope our fans stay classy.

This. He is our coach now, he deserves a chance to do well, even if we don't initially believe he will.


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