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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Dwight, you're the only one that can save us from him. Ship his @ss out!

Exactly. Dwight has A LOT more power than some might think on this. It's a pretty easy choice you would think if it came down to choosing between Dwight or MDA.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:05 PM

Not a surprise really.  As unpopular as he is...

 

1. Management won't throw him under the bus right before the postseason. 

 

2. He will be given a chance with a full training camp next season.

 

3. Maybe the biggest reason...I don't think the Lakers would want to pay a 3rd head coach (especially for the popular choice, Phil, who is going to command a lot) in the face of a massive luxury tax bill.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:06 PM



Like I said, Mitch gives D'antoni more credit than we will.

To him we closed the season 27-12 with only 2 losses at home in that span.

Kupchak given all that D'antoni was brought into and the constant injuries probably gives credit to D'antoni for changing his offense, putting Nash off ball, Pau and Dwight working together etc etc etc.

Mitch probably gives more credit to D'antoni than we do.   In his eyes, D'antoni could have done a lot worse and we finished the season strong.   He isn't gonna fire the guy unless he starts to fail early into next season.

Yet again....that was Kobe.

 

Hopefully D12 gets this kook out of here



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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:08 PM

Hope next year that Lakers' offense will run through Bigs, not their perimeter players.

 

Nash and Kobe can still cut, even if they're not dominating the ball


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:08 PM

3. Maybe the biggest reason...I don't think the Lakers would want to pay a 3rd head coach (especially for the popular choice, Phil, who is going to command a lot) in the face of a massive luxury tax bill.

I think it is the biggest reason. They're getting cheaper now and also pride, ego, & stubbornness. Jimmy Buss not willing to admit yet another mistake of his. Putting his own personal interests & pride at the cost of the greater good of what matters most, the actual franchise and fans.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:17 PM

I think it is the biggest reason. They're getting cheaper now and also pride, ego, & stubbornness. Jimmy Buss not willing to admit yet another mistake of his. Putting his own personal interests & pride at the cost of the greater good of what matters most, the actual franchise and fans.

It's not even that as much as the fact that with the roster payroll, they may have to pay up to $85 million due to luxury tax.  Even with trading away Pau (they still take salary back) and applying the amnesty to Artest, they will still have to pay tens of millions of dollars due to the luxury tax.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:17 PM

I'm scared that we're going to lose Dwight because of MDA. Honestly.

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:21 PM

If he does stay..hope Eddie Jordan gets that Rutgers job, and we hire a dang defensive coach.

Nate McMillan waiting in the wings...


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:36 PM

Mitch will ask Dwight if he wants D'Antoni


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:48 PM

After tonight's game Mitch said MDA doesn't get enough credit.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:57 PM

Nate McMillan waiting in the wings...


IF he doesn't get hired as a coach in the off-season.

Giving some credit to Steve Clifford though, since all-star break we've been pretty solid defensively and tonight we held the Rockets under 100 in 4 quarters INCLUDING overtime.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:59 PM


IF he doesn't get hired as a coach in the off-season.

Giving some credit to Steve Clifford though, since all-star break we've been pretty solid defensively and tonight we held the Rockets under 100 in 4 quarters INCLUDING overtime.

steve clifford? the guy you considered to be tom thibodeau in the beginning of the season? what are you talking about? the team isn't even that good defensively


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 11:00 PM

Giving some credit to Steve Clifford though, since all-star break we've been pretty solid defensively and tonight we held the Rockets under 100 in 4 quarters INCLUDING overtime.

No credit to Eddie Jordan or Bernie or Dan or Darvin or Chuck? Well, at least someone on that long coaching staff is doing something right I suppose.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 11:07 PM

No credit to Eddie Jordan or Bernie or Dan or Darvin or Chuck? Well, at least someone on that long coaching staff is doing something right I suppose.


Credit to Eddie Jordan for doing Adam Morrison's job of high fives.

Great on Darvin for being the residential big man and banging body helping people with their post moves and strength training.
Credit to Bernie for working with the young players and taking some sugar out of their game and for coaching us very well for a time.
Credit to Dan for not being as annoying as Mayner from Cars and Cars 2.
Credit to Chuck for being Chuck.
And credit to Vitti for being Vitti.
And credit the amazing asian woman whose name escapes me but adds longevity to all of our injured players who have endured this year.

IF we win it all this year they ALL deserve a ring.

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 11:12 PM

Im on board with this.Interesting quotes by Mitch


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 11:13 PM

If he's truly coming back, I just hope he's bringing a defensive coach in.

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 11:23 PM

"I think under the circumstances, Mike did a great job. We don't anticipate any kind of a change," Kupchak told ESPNLosAngeles.com.

"No training camp, all the injuries, through the end of the season he's done a great job."

D'Antoni took the job under rather remarkable circumstances this November. The Lakers fired Mike Brown just five games into the season, then interviewed three coaches in a 48-hour period before choosing D'Antoni, who was still recovering from knee replacement surgery.


One of those other coaches, was of course, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. And the specter of the 11-time NBA champion coach, and the road not taken, has hung over the Laker franchise all season.

The Lakers lost that game to fall to 17-25 on the season, but rallied to go 28-12 the rest of the way, including a 5-0 mark to close out the season and vault past Houston into the No. 7 seed.

"He doesn't get enough credit, and understandably so," Kupchak said. "We struggled through two-thirds of the season and expectations were so high. The Lakers didn't help things by making the coaching change and putting Mike in that situation, which he was glad to take. But I think it was a little bit tougher than he thought it would be."

As the season went on, D'Antoni gradually changed his offense to fit the Lakers personnel, and adjusted to numerous injuries.


Every starter for the Lakers missed significant time. Dwight Howard missed time with a shoulder injury, Pau Gasol missed six weeks after tearing the plantar fascia in his right foot, Nash has been out on several occasions (two months with a broken leg, then the last two weeks with hamstring, hip and back issues) and Kobe Bryant was lost for the season with a torn Achilles' three games ago.

Kupchak credited D'Antoni and his staff for weathering those storms, and adjusting his system to better fit the personnel.

"You can watch personnel from 3,000 miles away and think you know a team. But when you get here and you watch the practice and play with that team, it might not be exactly what you thought it was," Kupchak said. "I thought he made adjustments and remained flexible with the players. We're not playing the same way we played when he first got here. We had a chance to look at the team and get to know the players, get to know the bench players and it's probably different than what he thought."


D'Antoni signed a three-year contract worth $12 million. The Lakers hold a team option on the fourth year of that deal. The Los Angeles Times first reported that D'Antoni will return next year.

The Lakers will face the No. 2 seeded San Antonio Spurs in a first-round playoff series beginning Sunday afternoon.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 11:30 PM

^ Pretty much how I expected Mitch to see it.

That's why I said D'antoni doesn't get fired unless he fails early into next season.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 11:42 PM

if mike stays we better hire a defensive coach



mike brown ;p

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 11:46 PM

mike brown ;p



Why not, we're paying him anyway lol might as well.


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