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01:32 PM ET 11.13 | Even Mike D'Antoni's own friends think the Los Angeles Lakers might have been wise to hire Phil Jackson, sorta. The new Lakers' coach did an interview with Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday morning, and during it, he half-jokingly said that his friends were giving him some grief after he took the job over Jackson. "Hang in there," he said when asked what message he would send Lakers fans right now. "I have real close friends that were Lakers fans, and they were disappointed I got the job."

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November 13, 2012  02:50 PM ET
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It is quite amazing that LA is taking on NY's sloppy secondsI like this new NBA:)

And the Knicks got plenty of throwaways from the Hawks LOL

November 13, 2012  03:04 PM ET
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It is quite amazing that LA is taking on NY's sloppy secondsI like this new NBA:)

D'Antoni got himself into a bad situation. Not because the Lakers are a bad team or because he's not a good coach. The Lakers a championship team and D'Antoni is an offensive genius however the coupling and timing is bad. The problem is that

LAKERS ROSTER DOES NOT HAVE THE TYPE OF PLAYERS NEEDED TO SUCCEED IN D'ANTONI's SYSTEM.

It starts with Nash. He's not the puppy that run around like a hare anymore. He's old, slowed and defenseless.
Secondly you look at the back court and there's aging Kobe and Ron Artest. Not that they are not great players but they are not speedsters.

Then the frontcourt is filled with Howard and Gasol who aren't three point shooters or have a high basketball IQ when it comes to reading and passing.

This is bound to fail Laker fans. I'm sure D'Antoni knows this at the back of his mind - that the roster is not primed for the type of coaching he does best. But for 12 million dollas he can't see it as a mistake and I don't blame him.

Firing Brown was a smart move but then replacing him with D'Antoni ruined the party. Sorry Laker fans... you won't be at the finals this season.

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November 13, 2012  03:56 PM ET
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D'Antoni got himself into a bad situation. Not because the Lakers are a bad team or because he's not a good coach. The Lakers a championship team and D'Antoni is an offensive genius however the coupling and timing is bad. The problem is that LAKERS ROSTER DOES NOT HAVE THE TYPE OF PLAYERS NEEDED TO SUCCEED IN D'ANTONI's SYSTEM.

I agree and think he is better offensive fit than Mike Brown but the current players don't fit the system either. D'Antoni's system does not fit the current Lakers roster. I see Kobe playing hero ball until Nash returns. So unless LA has some major roster changes that involve getting shooters or athletic wings that can shoot. I don't know how this will work.

November 13, 2012  03:59 PM ET

knicks fan get a life...brown, isiah, dantoni ..lol........who is next...get the fact rite knicks teams suck...

November 13, 2012  04:00 PM ET

I think D'Antoni will do better than Phil. Phil checked out the last 2 seasons anyway. He was coming to get a paycheck and let the team run itself. D'Antoni will come up with ways to get the veterans moving on Offense and bring in McMillan to help bolster the Defense. I think Brown could not reach the roster in preaching offense let alone defense.

November 13, 2012  04:04 PM ET

Know what the funny thing about this is, they were dead serious. Mike maybe a nice guy, but he sure as hell is in the wrong business! Worse coach I've seen to date. Another case of the wrong coach on the wrong team.

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November 13, 2012  05:40 PM ET
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Nah! He'll just let Nash and Kobe run the team and they'll be okay. The problem w/ Brown was that he let the PO hold the players back. Look at how the Lakers are winning w/out a coach. 2-0. Could be 3-0 tonight. If they win tonight and then lose when Dumbtonie coaches than there's a problem.

Geez, did Mike D'Antoni take your girlfriend or something? You're always ragging on him.

November 13, 2012  06:23 PM ET

not an LA fan here at all!!!!!
But they have to trade Pau and Metta for Mike's system to work
What are the chances Pau goes to Atlanta for Smith?
Metta well who knows what they could get for him maybe a bag of nuts and a draft pick?? LA to be a 500 team this year....

 
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