yes that meeting in Memphis was part of why the offense changed, but also his "J.O.B" being on the line.
That does make one thing apparent(because at the time Mike Brown was still on payroll and didn't have a job in Cleveland) they weren't so stuck on the money that they'd pay that they WOULDN'T fire the coach if we were still a losing team.
That 28-12 run at the end didn't just save our season it saved D'antoni's job. The question is who would have replaced him if anyone would have or if Bernie would have just been given the reigns to end our season.
More importantly, we weren't running the offense we hired D'antoni to run, we ran something else different entirely. At the end of the day in the off-season we're asking him to formulate an offense that he's never coached his entire career. Can he do it? Maybe. Will he get the chance to show if he can? We'll see.
I think this happens one of two ways.
D'antoni is fired before July 2nd and Phil is brought in, if Mitch and Buss do this it means they have confirmation from Dwight that he will be back as a Laker next year.
That's one way.
The second way it could happen
D'antoni is given the pre-season and first week of the season(i'd say maybe 3 or 4 games) to show what new offensive scheme he has come up with, if it shows that it can utilize and maximize the talent we have including especially Dwight(if he is back) he(D'antoni) likely stays, but if it seems more or less like we ran last year but with no real fine tuning, D'antoni will be fired and Phil will be brought in. (5-1 he stays, 4-2 meh, 3-2 or less and he's fired).
All and all if D'antoni is actually capable of formulating an offensive scheme that maximized our talent at each position and was able to coach away from the style he's coached his entire career then by all means kudos to him and he should stay.
If not, then we never should have brought him as it would be too big a task to bring in D'antoni and then ask him to coach double posts, off ball point guards and inside out, he's never been that kind of coach his entire career and we should let him go.
With all these stories coming up lately it seems that Jim and Mitch may be leaning towards the latter but aren't going to make any decisions until Dwight commits, but we shall see.
Edited by Majesty, May 23, 2013 - 06:40 PM.