It's not just this loss. Even less talent does not get destroyed like this. This "less talented" team just beat Portland in Portland, something the most talented Laker teams couldn't pull off. That excuse also doesn't fly. It's inconsistency from a coach that has no mind on how to coach. His lineup changes alone, and inability to figure out the most basic of player rotations, when healthy, should show you enough. I understand your "talent" argument, bnut history has shown that even less talented teams still compete they still play hard on BOTH ends. This team plays mediocre on one end and doesn't show up on the other. The "talent" argument doesn't fly as well.
Face it, the dude, healthy team or not, cannot coach an NBA level team. I don't know what it's going to take for people to see this. History keeps rearing its head but so many keep burying their head in the sand.
You're making an argument for something that can't be argued for.
For the record, I didn't have as much problem with Mike Brown as most did. I think his firing was far too early. And D'Antoni is not an offensive "guru". His best years all stemmed from an unbelievable Steve Nash in his prime. When your team spends zero energy playing defense, rebounding or getting back on defense, it's not tough to give the rest to offense. He has no system or plays that warrant anyone saying he is an offensive minded coach. He lets his teams ignore one end of the floor leaving them available to give 100% on the other, that's not a system, that's just osmosis. He can't coach defense, so he allows his team to focus on one end, the easier end, and just score.
So he deserves to get paid on a game by game basis?
Or could it be that POR had an off night?
Or could it be we had a good night?
Same could be said about tonight. Clippers could have been on and we could have been more off than usual. With less talent and playing a team that likes to push the tempo, little things like turnovers and missed shots can add up quickly and be almost impossible to overcome.
It is what it is.
How many starters out there started for us last year?
How many starters NEVER consistently started for ANY team in their career?
How many players sitting on the bench or at home WOULD be starting for us if not injured?
I get what you're saying but it's not a fair assessment. You can't say the "the mechanic is a bad mechanic because my car broke down again" when your car is almost 40 and you refuse to replace the engine AND tires.
You HAVE to give the man parts that fit HIS system and NBA talent before you go crucifying him. I don't know how you can sleep at night claiming you are being fair otherwise.
I understand you hate the coaching decision.
I get your hatred for his system. I get it.
I grew up a Lakers fan watching my hero and Laker LEGEND Magic Johnson run pretty much the same system MDA coaches...It was called ShowTime and IMHO, it's the most entertaining way to play or watch basketball. I LOVE those memories. And I saw them succeed to the tune of 5 Championships with it. I don't get your aversion to it, knowing you've been a Lakers fan longer than I have.
I also grew up watching Phil become a Legend with the Triangle. I learned to respect what Phil did but I never really saw it as being the cause of his success as much as the talent level he had to work with and the way he MANAGED that talent.
So I don't get your arguments. You want to blame meaningless games on MDA when there is no coach alive that is going to do much better with what was on the floor tonight. You want to claim that the Lakers MUST send a message...but why? What will it change?
You're making a fuss and becoming emotional because a loss. I get that...this was tough to swallow. I just don't understand how a reasonable person like yourself and make such unreasonable leaps in his logic pertaining to a game that has absolutely no bearing on our long-term future.
It's not like you to get this worked up over 1 loss.
"I don't care if you win by 1 or 21, a win is a win". Shouldn't the same be said for 1 loss? In a throw away season?
I'm happy all of our players made it out of the game unINJURED!!!! LOL...now THAT would have been something to get upset over.