The Season In One Quote by Mike D’Antoni

That sums it up for the end of the home games for the Lakers.  That sums up the season as a whole.  Mike D’Antoni, as much criticism as he’s taken from fans and the press all year, mustered up 25 wins with two games left to go.

His response is surprising, in the sense that, there’s no clear tone or emotion from what he said.  He’s frustrated with the losses.  He must be frustrated with the head coaching rumors.  He can’t control the injuries of the team. He has nothing to learn from this season.

It’s as if he detached himself emotionally from what this season has been.  Who wouldn’t?  It has been pain and suffering all year-long.

What he does have control of is the system and the line up.  No coach has never seen this many changes in the starting line up due to injury.  Even Frank Vogel had the choice to sit the starters of the Indiana Pacers for the previous game with team chemistry issues.  Mike D’Antoni had trouble with guys just suiting up.  The few times the Lakers actually ran Mike D’Antoni’s system, it worked incredibly well.  The Lakers were off to a shocking .500 start before the losses started to amount.  They beat the Clippers at the first meeting.  Steve Blake was having a career year statistically with near triple doubles.  The Lakers pulled off a win against the Cleveland Cavs, despite not having enough eligible players due to individuals fouling out.  They even beat the talented Portland Trailblazers.

But, in the end, it’s 25 wins.  Pau Gasol saw 60 games.  Kobe Bryant saw 13 games.  Steve Nash saw 15 games.  Those are the three best players of the Laker team.

We live in interesting times for sure.

We wish the season didn’t feel like a waste of time.

What did the Laker fans learn?  Sometimes, the system needs to fit the players, not the other way around.

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  • Marty Susman

    You forgot to mention it was Mike’s system that caused Kobe & Nash to be crippled again… You also forgot to mention his system is for young high school kids who don’t care about stoping the other team from scoring, not a NBA team.

    • hookedonnews

      That’s just ridiculous. Kobe bumped knees with another player and suffered a broken bone, and Nash broke his leg playing in the Princeton offense before D’Antoni ever got there. Why don’t we blame D’Antoni for something he’s actually responsible for? His system in one form or another is used by most NBA teams. Watched the Spurs lately or the Heat or GS or Houston or Phoenix, etc.?

      • Mike Garcia

        The Spurs don’t use it. Houston doesn’t really with D12 getting post up opportunities. Phoenix and Heat? They do, except, their players fit it.

        • hookedonnews

          Popovich has said he was influenced by MDA. Their system is clearly based on the same principles, although it isn’t identical. Same with Houston, and Howard doesn’t do a lot of traditional back to the basket play. Pau has post-up opportunities in LA, but in the beginning of the season chose to take outside shots instead of going to the basket. He has since become more aggressive as MDA advised. The majority of the players on the Lakers are fully capable of playing within D’Antoni’s system. Pau & Kobe may gripe about it, but that doesn’t mean they can’t play within it. The problem with this team is having players like Marshall, Johnson, Kelly, etc. trying to compete with Parker, Duncan, Leonard, etc. They have been out-manned and out-gunned all season because of injuries and talent level once you get past Gasol, Nash & Kobe.

  • hookedonnews

    The system was irrelevant. I don’t know what system you think would have made a difference in wins/losses with this roster. And Kobe played 6 games I believe. When you have almost 300 games missed due to injury, you’re not going to have a great season, especially when you weren’t expected to be that great with everyone healthy.

  • J Taylor

    D’antoni – Thanks for playing along and helping us get a top draft pick. You could have filled your ego and played Kaman, Hill, and Gasol a lot more. But Instead, you listened to the front office and developed the young talent….. Thanks.

    D’antoni – Thanks for keeping things entertaining. Your system is perfect for making a bunch of upstarts look MUCH better than they really are. I could imagine that with another coach we would see 30-40 point losses most nights….Thanks

    D’antoni – Thanks for being a stable foundation in a bad year and helping us push through the depths of the Lakers Dark Era that ironically includes Howard and Nash….It’s sad that things beyond the team’s control made things miserable…. and someone has to be the fall guy… Thanks.

    D’antoni – Thanks for your efforts and we hope you are successful coaching at Marshall. Here’s the $4M we promised you… no hard feelings right?

  • Daryl Peek

    “Put your big-boy pants on,” Bryant said after the Lakers’ 113-103 loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday that dropped the team’s record to 8-9. “Just adjust. Just adjust. You can’t whine about it. You can’t complain about it.”

    “Pau has got to make some adjustments, obviously, to his game,” Bryant said. “He might not be posting up as much as he likes, but he just has to adjust.

    “The reality is, I’ve adjusted, I’ve never run this many screen-rolls in my entire career. But I’ve worked on it. I’ve worked on handling the ball. I’ve worked on coming off of screens and making plays. I’m used to being in the post much, much more but you have to adjust.

    “You have to master what it is that we’re trying to do here and Pau is talented enough and he’s good enough to be able to do that.” –Kobe Bryant

    Can we please stop all of the system buffoonery? Phil moved Pau out of the post for Bynum in 10-11. Pau had a hard time dealing with it and has been shopped by the FO ever since. As Kobe said, players have to adjust and adapt to what the coach wants out of them. Shaq echoed this about he and Kobe in the triangle as they often strayed from the routine of it. Bottom line players have to adapt not the other way around. A good coach will make small concessions and MDA has done this as Hill has played next to gasol more than anyone else, and has played in the most games of all the big’s this season. Hill has also started more games this season than he has the other four years of his career combined. There are so many misconceptions about MDA and misusing the big’s it’s mind boggling?