The Almost Mike D'Antoni Appreciation Thread
Posted July 09, 2013 - 09:15 PM
I expect a healthy 2013-14 team to be more successful than the team from this past season. If the 2012-13 Lakers were healthy, they would have reached the WCF or the NBA Finals (even without an MDA training camp). Would you still have harsh words for MDA if we witnessed a Lakers vs. Heat Finals?
Posted July 09, 2013 - 09:27 PM
If we somehow had a 55 win season that led to a deep playoff run/the Finals, I would be very impressed with MDA. The thing is, he has many faults that fans can see clearly, even though we are clearly biased. If he somehow coached a top 10 defense and an effective offense through the post as it should be ran, without his penchant for running the team into the ground and quick 3's, I would be okay with him. A little more professionalism can't hurt either. The thing is, I don't think he will be effective at all coaching something he doesn't know, as the Lakers team clearly didn't fit his run and gun philosophy. The Lakers offense suffered in the playoffs, but to be fair, we had Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock as the starting guards.
Thanks for creating this, it's a refreshing topic.
Posted July 09, 2013 - 09:29 PM
You appreciate this same coach who didn't have enough balls to do his job and prevent our franchise player from going down with such a horrific injury?
Posted July 09, 2013 - 09:38 PM
I thought these threads were only made when players/coaches left the team... had me happy for a second.
"Love me or hate me it's one or the other. Always has been. Hate my game, hate my swagger, hate my fade-away, my hunger, hate that i'm a veteran, A champion, hate that. Hate it with all your heart, and hate that i'm loved for the exact same reasons." - Kobe
Posted July 09, 2013 - 09:40 PM
The thing is, he has many faults that fans can see clearly, even though we are clearly biased. If he somehow coached a top 10 defense and an effective offense through the post as it should be ran, without his penchant for running the team into the ground and quick 3's, I would be okay with him. A little more professionalism can't hurt either. The thing is, I don't think he will be effective at all coaching something he doesn't know, as the Lakers team clearly didn't fit his run and gun philosophy.
True. His confidence and professionalism seemed to drop with every injury. He also didn't seem to connect with the coaching staff. I expect improvement in all areas of his coaching this season. I'm sure there has been a lot of discussion since their playoff exit.
Posted July 09, 2013 - 10:17 PM
I jumped on the anti-Pringles wagon months ago, as his inept coaching, inadvertently or not, ran Kobe Bryant into the ground. But sure, since seemingly nothing is going to change coaching-wise for the upcoming season, let's see what he can do with an actual full season. Your move, Mikey.
Posted July 09, 2013 - 10:28 PM
I blame kobe for his injury. I blame Vitti. I blame D'Antoni but mostly Kobe.
At this point in his career, Kobe knows that his leverage is too high.
he promised playoffs and from that point, he did not want the team to play without him.
it was an ego move, but it's why Kobe is Kobe.
again, we have had more Kobe than one could expect, if he wants to drive himself in the ground every season frankly, then let him.
I'm so tired of people not getting this.
kobe is kobe because he is stubborn. he is Kobe because he will play through pain, through fatigue and he seems to break down at the end of every season for the past 4-5. in 2010, his knee was in shambles in the first round and beyond.
In 2011, an ankle injury late in the season.
In 2012, a shin injury late in the season, missing about 7 games.
in 2013, the Achilles.
And we see the great Greg Popovich sit his players, yet Manu ends up hurt every single year.
I'm tired of result based fans. who can't see the entire picture, because of their hate
Posted July 10, 2013 - 12:13 AM
I mean, seriously?
Are you Mike D'Antoni's son or something?
There is no way we were making it to the finals, even with Kobe healty. This guy is a mediocre coach at best, not a championship caliber team guy.
Posted July 10, 2013 - 04:26 AM
Posted July 10, 2013 - 05:18 AM
I really beleive we have D'Antoni family members on this board....
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