oh there's been plenty of diamond in ruff finds.
But all diamond in the ruffs(currently) are nothing higher than a role player on a championship team. When you have a team full of role players unless one has an outstanding game things fall apart in the absense of stars.
Injure Chris Paul, Deandre Jordan, and Blake Griffin and remove them from the Clippers and you'd have a team that isn't going anywhere but has a lot of role playing talent that needs talent in order to excel.
Take Paul George, Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson off the Pacers and you'll have the same thing.
Take Lebron, Bosh and Wade from Miami and you'll have the same thing
Take Lilliard and Aldridge from the Blazers and you'll have the same thing
You need star talent to win in this league. The days when a team like Detroit with no star goes on to win the NBA finals are over with.
The only team that seems to change that dynamic is the Chicago Bulls. Their only star if you call him that is Noah. Take him from the equation and that team scarcely wins another game.
it takes coaching and star talent to win in this league.
You can get rid of D'antoni. But as long as your best player is Pau Gasol(for an entire season), you're a lottery bound team and if he's your second best player you're a first round exit.
You have good role players on this Lakers team and you have people that are easily replaceable by a draft pick.
Your two biggest problems is that you have a coach that has a run and gun style but the key of the run and gun style is not the ability to run fast and get up and down the court, the secret to run and gun is defense leading to fast breaks. Defense in the form of steals, blocks, rebounds. that's why D'antoni's phoenix teams always got their fast breaks off, Stat was actually a fine defender as well as some of the other people they had on the wings and they were always top half in the league in rebounds, blocks, steals or causing turnovers and at times top 10.
That's why that style worked.
Our team this year? 25th rebounding, 29th in causing turnovers, 3rd in blocks and 3rd in three point shooting and tied with Portland at Field Goal percentage if you can believe that.
IF you want a coach that can coach this team you'd look at Stan Van Gundy whose teams have always been top 10 defensively.
The problem is still within the roster there's no interior defender whatsoever and that is something this team must address otherwise it doesn't matter if you go get Carmelo, Kevin Love and LeBron, the team will still give up 60 points in the paint.
if "Change" is to come to this team. Gasol can no longer be the 2nd best guy on this team, nor the first best guy. Whether that has to do with a healthy Kobe returning or what not, it needs to change. If Gasol remains here(don't bank on it) there's going to have to be someone else brought in that can be put in front of him on the food chain. till that happens, even with your new coach, new system, new 'way of life' the Lakers will remain a first/second round exit at their very best.
And Mitch has already said that he's not going to waste cap to make a middle of the pack team.
So in my opinion, you COULD fire D'antoni. As long as you understand this team is going down this year regardless and you'll need a HECK of an off-season to change your fortune no matter WHAT coach you bring in. Cause I guarantee you, none are even as 'proven' if you want to call it that, within recent years as even D'antoni. Only Stan Van ranks higher, and even if you get him, you'll need an interior defender, or the kind of funneling defense he runs will lead to more layups and more layups and more layups and the same complaints will happen but placed on whomever is the other coach we have.
Edited by Majesty, March 14, 2014 - 06:52 PM.