Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 5/21/13
I wouldn’t classify this as a big secret, but in retrospect the Lakers made a mistake when they brought in Mike D’Antoni. They should have either let Mike Brown ride out the season or brought back Phil Jackson. Any other alternatives were going to cause tension if the Lakers didn’t win immediately. I don’t think D’Antoni did a bad job, considering all the injuries the Lakers had, but you just got the sense all the players weren’t on board with his system and style of coaching. ESPN is reporting that Dwight Howard was the main star not happy with D’Antoni. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, part of the discussion between Howard and Kupchak centered around Howard’s frustration with D’Antoni — particularly how the center felt marginalized as the coach looked to Bryant and Steve Nash for leadership and suggestions and discounted Howard’s voice. D’Antoni chose not to retain assistant coach Chuck Person, a Howard confidant, on his staff for next season. “We had to just s
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