I was about to take Max's side here... then I remembered, when the Lakers hired MDA, he said something like: "Hey, Phil's gotta be your 1st option not matter what, but if for some reason you don't get him, MDA is the second best you can get" LOL
D'Antoni is the WORST coach the Lakers could have gotten and will NEVER, EVER win a championship!
Max tried to be positive. I don't know if they could have gotten a better coach than D'Antoni. I don't think Sloan was ever an option, maybe McMillan or Jeff Van Gundy, but none of those are clearly better than D'Antoni. I understood his point of trying to both win and be exciting, but he underestimated how poorly the team would fit this system.