Lakers delay hiring a coach with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony in mind

The Los Angeles Lakers have been moving slower than a “LeBronning” LeBron James as they try to identify their next head coach. Mike D'Antoni quit as coach of the Lakers on April 30. It’s June. What the heck is taking so long? But, USA Today sources say that the Lakers’ slow pace is actually deliberate. It’s a cold, calculated plan that’s being timed out with the...
Via Intrigue Sports
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Candidates line up to replace Mike D'Antoni as Lakers coach

Mike D’Antoni knew he had to quit the Lakers even before he went through the motions of asking that his fourth season, in 2015-16, be picked up by the team. As he confided to an old friend the other day, “I know that Kobe and Pau don’t want to play for me.” In this space on April 13, we wrote that D’Antoni wouldn’t make it to next season and that the Lakers were looking...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic Johnson Is Overjoyed Mike D’Antoni Resigned as Coach of Lakers

Even though Magic Johnson is in the running as next owner of the Clippers, he still holds those Los Angeles Lakers dear to his heart. Which is why he took to Twitter to express his deepest joy that Mike D’Antoni quit the Lakers as head coach. Tell us how you really feel Magic! [Twitter] The post Magic Johnson Is Overjoyed Mike D’Antoni Resigned as Coach of Lakers appeared first...
Via Basketball Bicker
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Mike D’Antoni Quits as Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers

Mike D’Antoni has resigned from his head coaching position with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Greg Beacham of the Associated Press. Knowing the Lakers would still be at least another season from contending, D’Antoni wanted the organization to pick up his option for the 2015-16 season. Their refusal ultimately led to his resignation. D’Antoni’s resignation ends a near...
Via Basketball Bicker
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Lakers to bring back Mike D'Antoni for 2014-15 season

Ready for Mike D’Antoni III? After 10 days of soul searching, the key figures in Lakers management are agreed on bringing back D’Antoni for a third season as coach, a source with knowledge of the deliberations told the Register. Keeping D’Antoni, of course, would be unpopular among Lakers fans, united in their desire to see him fired and Jim Buss resign. The Lakers aren...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant Reportedly ‘Not Interested’ in Mike D’Antoni as Lakers Coach Next Season

Kobe Bryant is looking ahead to next season, with the announcement that he’s been ruled out for the remainder of this NBA campaign. If he has his way, Mike D’Antoni won’t be leading the Los Angeles Lakers. Per Sporting News (via Lakers Nation), Kobe is rumored to want the Lakers to go in a direction direction head coaching-wise: Bryant, sources said, has “no interest” in...
Via Basketball Bicker
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant wants Mike D'Antoni out

Months after modeling for a photo entitled 'Awkwardness, Defined' (featured above), it appears as if the relationship between Kobe Bryant and Mike D'Antoni has turned sour. How much so? According to the Sporting News, The Black Mamba wants Mr. Pringles out of LA:ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported on Wednesday morning that he had heard D’Antoni would be out, and that...
Via Celtics Life
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

D'Antoni does not think Steve Nash will play again this year

Things have been very rough for Steve Nash in LA. He has been bothered by injuries his whole time there and father time is knocking on his door louder each day. Now Mike D’Antoni says he doubts he will play again this season: Mike D'Antoni says he "doubts" Steve Nash plays again this season, but wouldn't rule him out — Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 3, 2014...
Via BlackSportsOnline
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak gives Mike D'Antoni a vote of confidence

These are rough days for Lakers fans. Very. General Manager Mitch Kupchak, however, sounded at ease during a phone interview with The Times, going over a variety of topics on a team that can’t stay healthy, play defense or, seemingly, make the playoffs. First things first. Kupchak is satisfied with Coach Mike D’Antoni, blaming the Lakers’ woes on injuries and saying D’Antoni...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

D'Antoni apologizes for saying Lakers fans should find other team

On Monday, Mike D'Antoni drew the ire of Los Angeles Lakers fans when he told supporters who are frustrated with the club's performance to "go find another team to root for."The comments were destined to stir up the pot and anger Lakers fans from the beginning. On Tuesday, D'Antoni issued an immediate apology.“I was an idiot last night,” said D’Antoni...
Via Bush League Chronicle
December 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike D'Antoni tells Lakers fans to 'find another team to root for'

Mike D'Antoni has a message for any Los Angeles Lakers fan frustrated by the team's slow start out of the gates this season.After LA's 27-point loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday, a game following a 19-point loss to the Golden State Warriors, D'Antoni opted to take a shot at fans by telling them to go root for another team.Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni...
Via Bush League Chronicle
December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Screengrab Snafu: Mark Dantonio and Mike D'Antoni finally merge into one

It was only a matter of time before Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni were merged into one being by ESPN.  Forget their names though, if you combined Dantonio's awesome defense with D'Antoni's thirst for offense you'd have the perfect coach.  He'd be the John Wooden of college football.... or the Bill Belichick of...
Via Awful Announcing
November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike D’Antoni is still talking about Phil Jackson

There are two people that the current Los Angeles Lakers regime will never stop talking about and neither of them is Kobe Bryant.  Those semi-unfortunate objects of the Lakers malcontent and affection are former center Dwight Howard and ex-coach Phil Jackson. It seems that there is indeed a thin line between love and hate. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni continues to allow the public...
Via Players View
August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns will need to get moving to hit Hornacek's points goal

Part of the Phoenix Suns next attempt at a culture change seems to focus on getting back to a previous culture. Since returning to town, Coach Jeff Hornacek has emphasized playing at a fast tempo and resurrecting that prolific level of offensive production. It was how Hornacek worked in a Suns uniform under Cotton Fitzsimmons and what Phoenix fans became familiar with during the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Suns will need to get moving to hit Hornacek's points goal

Part of the Phoenix Suns next attempt at a culture change seems to focus on getting back to a previous culture. Since returning to town, Coach Jeff Hornacek has emphasized playing at a fast tempo and resurrecting that prolific level of offensive production. It was how Hornacek worked in a Suns uniform under Cotton Fitzsimmons and what Phoenix fans became familiar with during the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni calls Dwight Howard “mind-boggling.”

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni is talking about the departed Dwight Howard. D’Antoni says that he does not understand why Howard jumped ship to his third team in three years when he joined the Houston Rockets. Please click here to read this story. The post Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni calls Dwight Howard “mind-boggling.” appeared first on Players View.
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July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Lakers GM talks Howard, offseason moves

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak sat down with Lakers.com, the teams official website, to discuss the offseason and the teams rebuilding process. The full and extensive interview goes over topics from the teams financial standing to Dwight Howards situation, and some highlights are pulled below. On Howard Kupchak told Lakers.com that what he said at the end of the season,...
Via Fox Sports West
June 05, 2013  |  Discuss

In Hornacek, Suns turn to the past with eye on future

PHOENIX The past was a blast for the Phoenix Suns, but one major deficiency continues to distort the historical narrative. The Suns who check in fourth among NBA franchises for all-time winning percentage have yet to seize that slippery OBrien Trophy. The Phoenix Suns have been a great organization forever, former Suns shooting guard Jeff Hornacek said. One thing that I always...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Dwight Howard is unhappy, what else is new?

It might as well read as follows: Sources report Dwight Howard believes hes special. More special, in fact, than every other player in the NBA. Thats really been the gist of every nugget of news thats broken about the free agent center for the past year, as hes morphed from a happy-go-lucky, elite talent into the cancer of the league. The latest dispatch from the Dwightmare, reported...
Via Fox Sports West
May 21, 2013  |  Discuss

NBA notes: Lakers approach huge summer

Mike Brown got fired. Mike DAntoni was hired. Dwight Howard arrived injured and Steve Nash may have been worse. And we all know about Kobe Bryant and his torn Achilles tendon. So is it any surprise the Los Angeles Lakers were the NBAs biggest disappointment? Is it really a shocker they were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs? Actually, even when...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Lakers head into the offseason with uncertainties

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. So begins one of the most crucial offseasons in the history of the Lakers, pro basketballs most glamorous franchise. Putting together a Hall of Fame starting lineup wasnt nearly enough for Mitch Kupchak to overcome a season which saw all the starters and their primary backups go down with injuries. They also had to deal with a coaching change five games into...
Via Fox Sports West
April 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Lakers fans chant for Phil Jackson during blowout loss

It wasnt the first time and it may not be the last, butLakers fans showed their displeasure of head coach Mike DAntoni during theLakers 120-89 blowout loss on Friday.During the fourth quarter with the Lakers on their way to theirworst home playoff loss in franchise history, the chants for former Lakers coachPhil Jackson came raining down. We want Phil were heard throughout the Staples...
Via Fox Sports West
April 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Lakers are in the Playoffs …as 7th seed

The Lakers invitation for the playoffs came in the mail after all. After a trying season, of starting 0-5 firing head coach Mike Brown, talked to Phil Jackson about coming back to coach the Lakers, only to hire Mike Dantoni and look bad doing it, the Lakers avoided the embarassment of not making the playoffs by beating the Houston Rockets in over time 99-95 and with the Utah Jazz...
Via In The Neutral Zone
April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Laid-up Bryant ready to coach via telephone

The last time he was injured this season, Kobe Bryant sat on the Lakers bench and drew plays on a clipboard for his teammates. This time, Lakers coach Mike DAntoni insists he doesnt need any help. A few hours before the Lakers played the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center in their first game since Bryant suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon, the Lakers guard posted this tweet...
Via Fox Sports West
April 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Banged-up Nash out again for Lakers

Steve Nash will miss a sixth consecutive game because of hip and hamstring soreness, Lakers coach Mike DAntoni said Friday morning after the teams shoot-around. Hes getting closer, obviously, DAntoni said. Theres not many games left. Hopefully for Sunday, but we dont know yet. The Lakers have two games remaining after Friday night's meeting with Golden State at Staples Center...
Via Fox Sports West
April 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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