Originally written November 14, 2012 on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE:
Chris Webber goes off about the Lakers hiring Mike D’Antoni, pondering why the team would choose a coach who is going to “quit on you” like he did in NY during a call-in to NBA TV and said he’s “proud to be the only one saying it”: We get on players for getting tickets and driving too fast…he (D’Antoni) quit in the middle of a year. You go in the locker room you sell winning, and you sell family, and you sell all that…and I’m proud to be the only one that says this. As I listen to friends on different stations, no one says this and I’m proud to be the only one that says it. But guys got to trust you in the locker room and it has to be more than Kobe. It has to be. You don’t want your coach writing a book about you, you don’t want your coach talking about you and you don’t want your coach quitting on you and it being your fault. Ask the guys in New York. And they played better when he left. So I don’t think this is about Phil Jackson. I think this is like ‘How the heck did he get this job?’ You all want to be that different from Phil Jackson? That’s my honest opinion: How the heck did he get that job?” Webber clearly is emotional about this hiring and goes on to note if the Lakers were going to stray away from Phil Jackson, they should have sucked up their “pride” and chased Brian Shaw. But despite his overwhelming emotion, he does make some valid points.
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