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#1 OFFLINE   JordanLaw

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 05:07 AM

***Well, with Mike Brown out(like I thought he would be sooner or later) who will be Lakers next head coach? And will Lakers have to make any player moves or trades to fit the next head coach?


*Phil Jackon is a huge possibility and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and Lakers franchise player Kobe Bryant were not shy at all about mentioning Phil's name. Kupchak said when you have won as much as Phil, no way we shouldn't bring up his name. Rumors say Phil has already been contacted and seems kind of interested in the job. Phil and Kobe's chemistry is amazing and Phil's system is something that most Laker players know and Pau should thrive in it because Phil makes Pau stay in the low post where he belongs.


**Mike D'Antoni is mentioned as being in 2nd place behind Phil for the coaching job. And while D'Antoni's reputation might have went down slightly because of all the Melo and Lin madness, he is still a successful coach and knows how to win games. And his offensive system would make the Lakers play freely and super exciting and would make LAL an offensive power house with Nash running the show and the break with Kobe and Howard. Also his system would not take long at all to learn. D'Antoni is not very defensive minded, but there are assistant coaches and he has the 3x DPOY on his team and a former DPOY in World Peace and a 9x all NBA 1st team defender in Bryant. Also Kobe has a great relationship with D'Antoni from the olympic team and loves his coaching, and Nash's relationship goes without saying. **But this is the coach that I think would require a player or 2 to be moved for his system to be super successful. I think Pau Gasol and/or Metta World Peace would be traded because they are among the slowest, heavy footed, unathletic players in the NBA, and D'Antoni's system is speed and fastbreaks. And D'Antoni loves to have shooters ready, and Pau just clogs up the lane and gets in the way and World Peace is not a shooter.
IDK what kinda trade they would do....
I think a perfect and possible(but not probable) trade would be Pau Gasol, World Peace, Darrius Morris, draft pick to the Raptors for Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Linas Kleiza.
Bargnani has been awful for the Raptors so far this season, but would thrive in a D'Antoni system and Nash at the point. And Jose Calderon is a very good PG and would run the 2nd unit great and Nash would only have to play around 25-28mpg. And Raptors have had interest in Gasol, and that new Raptor coach would love to have someone like Gasol because he likes defense, and Gasol is not a great defender, but an upgrade from Bargnani and he is a low post presence. And Raptors would create a formidible big 3 in Lowry, DeRozan, and Gasol.
It's fun imagining how exciting the Lakers offense would be if that trade went down because Howard and Kobe would have all the space to operate because you cannot leave Bargnani like you could leave Pau.

****Even though Phil is an amazing coach and maybe the best Laker coach ever, IDK why I am so excited about the possibility of D'Antoni.


Jerry Sloan's name is also out there for consideration, and he is one of the best pick and roll coaches ever (ala Stockon-Malone) and he is defensive minded.


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Posted 10 November 2012 - 05:18 AM

Personally, I really can't see how the Lakers are seriously looking at the D'Antoni option.

The Knicks had a defensive anchor at the center position (Chandler) and a great perimeter defender (Shumpert).
The Lakers have a defensive anchor at the center position (Howard) and a great perimeter defender (Artest).

The Knicks had big egos (Anthony & Amar'e) and because of D'Antoni's inability to manage them, they had chemistry problems.
The Lakers have big egos (Kobe & Howard) and I don't see why D'Antoni will do a better job here.

So, if he couldn't make the Knicks play D, what makes people think that he'll make the Lakers play D?
If he couldn't help on the building of his team's stars chemistry in New York, what makes people think that he'll do in Los Angeles?

And the offensive identity of the Lakers remains a riddle. When Nash comes back, Kobe will have to share the ball and not be so ball-dominant. A solution is that both Kobe and Nash will play pick n rolls with Dwight or pick n pops with Pau or whatever. But it's more complicated than that.
Will Kobe become more of a spot up shooter? Will Nash become more of a spot up shooter?

The number one priority, IMO, is that Nash will be the main ball handler and the one making the decisions on offense but anyway, I'm going kinda off topic.

In other words, how can Mike D'Antoni be an option?!

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:08 AM

I think they will get Phil

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 08:08 AM

It's gonna be Phil.
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 09:31 AM

Phil's old ass better come back we need him

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:11 AM

Personally, I really can't see how the Lakers are seriously looking at the D'Antoni option.

The Knicks had a defensive anchor at the center position (Chandler) and a great perimeter defender (Shumpert).
The Lakers have a defensive anchor at the center position (Howard) and a great perimeter defender (Artest).

The Knicks had big egos (Anthony & Amar'e) and because of D'Antoni's inability to manage them, they had chemistry problems.
The Lakers have big egos (Kobe & Howard) and I don't see why D'Antoni will do a better job here.

So, if he couldn't make the Knicks play D, what makes people think that he'll make the Lakers play D?
If he couldn't help on the building of his team's stars chemistry in New York, what makes people think that he'll do in Los Angeles?

And the offensive identity of the Lakers remains a riddle. When Nash comes back, Kobe will have to share the ball and not be so ball-dominant. A solution is that both Kobe and Nash will play pick n rolls with Dwight or pick n pops with Pau or whatever. But it's more complicated than that.
Will Kobe become more of a spot up shooter? Will Nash become more of a spot up shooter?

The number one priority, IMO, is that Nash will be the main ball handler and the one making the decisions on offense but anyway, I'm going kinda off topic.

In other words, how can Mike D'Antoni be an option?!

There is a difference there.... Kobe is simply a much better and much more versatile player than Melo..... Melo just did not want to run the break and only wanted isolation opportunities for himself and that's why he did not get along with D'Antoni; whereas Kobe likes to isolate, but he is not gonna just totally break a play or stop the offense to isolate, Kobe will run pick and roll or come off screens and get quick post up opportunities with minimal dribbles. Also Lakers have Steve Nash running the show and not Jeremy Lin. Nash who is obviously eons ahead of Lin and has played successfully under D'Antoni before. And we saw a glimpse of how Kobe plays off the ball in a couple of games in that Princeton offense and Kobe was shooting 60+FG% playing off the ball; and Howard is a better defender than Chandler because he has the "fear factor" that Chandler poses in the paint, and he has the stats to back him up with the 2-4 blocks each game and the 1-3 steals each game. Chandler would pose fear in the oppositions heart from going into the paint, but his stats did not always back him up with him only averaging a little over 1 block a game; but when you watched the Knicks you saw his defensive presence.
D'Antoni had Nash and Stoudemire playing amazing 2 man ball back in Phoenix, Howard is better than Stoudemire; so their pick and roll should even be more deadly.

And D'Antoni is actually second or 3rd on the Lakers list of coaches behind Phil and MAYBE Jerry Sloan.


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Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:23 PM

Well I said before Mike Brown was fired that he would be fired and Phil Jackson would come back considering the talent on this team.Personally I am not even sure why D'Antoni would even be mentioned, he is not a championship coach and has no clue about defense. Hiring D'Antoni would be as big of mistake as the hiring of Mike Brown to begin with. If the Lakers would have just hired Brian Shaw to begin with they more than likely would not be in the mess their in now, although I am glad they did not hire him being a Pacers fan. D'Antoni could probably get them to the playoffs but thats as far as it would go.
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:33 PM

There is a difference there.... Kobe is simply a much better and much more versatile player than Melo..... Melo just did not want to run the break and only wanted isolation opportunities for himself and that's why he did not get along with D'Antoni; whereas Kobe likes to isolate, but he is not gonna just totally break a play or stop the offense to isolate, Kobe will run pick and roll or come off screens and get quick post up opportunities with minimal dribbles. Also Lakers have Steve Nash running the show and not Jeremy Lin. Nash who is obviously eons ahead of Lin and has played successfully under D'Antoni before. And we saw a glimpse of how Kobe plays off the ball in a couple of games in that Princeton offense and Kobe was shooting 60+FG% playing off the ball; and Howard is a better defender than Chandler because he has the "fear factor" that Chandler poses in the paint, and he has the stats to back him up with the 2-4 blocks each game and the 1-3 steals each game. Chandler would pose fear in the oppositions heart from going into the paint, but his stats did not always back him up with him only averaging a little over 1 block a game; but when you watched the Knicks you saw his defensive presence.
D'Antoni had Nash and Stoudemire playing amazing 2 man ball back in Phoenix, Howard is better than Stoudemire; so their pick and roll should even be more deadly.

And D'Antoni is actually second or 3rd on the Lakers list of coaches behind Phil and MAYBE Jerry Sloan.

You miss the point here.
Why you compare Kobe with Melo and Dwight with Chandler?!

The issue with Melo and Amar'e was they both wanted to shoot the ball. The problem with the Lakers might be the ball handling (Kobe or Nash). Kobe should let Nash to the ball handling and playmaking and not make him just a spot up shooter.
But back on the defense issue. We saw it in his Phoenix days and we saw it in his NY days that he ain't a good defensive coach and he emphasises too much on offense. In order to win championships you need defense though...

If you want Mike D'Antoni as a coach for your team... go ahead...

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:35 PM

Phil's old ass better come back we need him

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:56 PM

I think it will be Phil Jackson. If not, then probably D'antoni

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