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D'Antoni's circle of trust

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08:08 AM ET 11.23 | Mike D'Antoni certainly brings a different attitude than Mike Brown, and it seems to be working in L.A. The Lakers, even before [Steve Nash] unveils his magic act, believe in what D'Antoni believes. Carmelo Anthony aside, it's the way it has always been for D'Antoni and all the past players he has empowered. That is because he empowers by trusting. There is nothing freer than a basketball bird with a license to shoot and unafraid of getting benched for a mistake. ... We already see it just in the way Metta World Peace is more certain of himself, Pau Gasol is more decisive than in years, Jodie Meeks is more comfortable in his own skin and [Darius Morris] is more youthful-energy infusion than Devin Ebanks ever was despite all that playing time Brown gave him.

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November 23, 2012  08:40 AM ET

The Lakers need to draft the kid that scored 138 points. He can run D'Antoni's offence.

November 23, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Show us the W before we start to believe anything

November 23, 2012  08:53 AM ET

And we'll have fun, fun, fun till we loose from not playing defence.

November 23, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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The Lakers need to draft the kid that scored 138 points. He can run D'Antoni's offence.

If the kid scored 138 then Kobe would have to go for 150 the next night. For Kobe to score 150 he has to take 140 shots.

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November 23, 2012  09:49 AM ET

"There is nothing freer than a basketball bird with a license to shoot..."

Uhhh, did weed just get legalized over the holidays? Maybe just an intern that is an English major gone wild.

The basic problems still remain for the Lakers. It is good that they feel good about themselves, though.

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November 23, 2012  10:49 AM ET
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It's strange that they heve this feel good story about D'A and how he lets everybody shoots but somehow it got lost in a loss against the Kings. Will this be the norm? Didn't I hear this before so many times? 1-1 and is nothing to brag about w/ his coaching. It would have been okay if he actually coached the 5-1 record that they had previously. And somehow he didn't take advantage of Dwight in the 2nd half. I heard he only had 2-3 touches...

Hey GB. Yeah, I agree. It is a strange story in light of the loss to Sac. Particularly since D'Antoni said they played like they were wrestling in mud, and said showtime had been replaced by Muppet time (those comments alone are worth a thread, I would think).

Yeah I think Dwight had 7 points for the night, so not sure what they are doing. D'Antoni did say the offense is being run through Kobe and no plans to change that, so for good or bad, that may be part of it.

But the fact that they have no bench scoring means the starters are out there for a lot of minutes. I think they are averaging 38+ so far. So, fatigue might be part of it. I think they play Memphis next, so that will be a good test.

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November 23, 2012  10:59 AM ET

Bernie Bickerstaff Is Better Than You, Bro.

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November 23, 2012  11:23 AM ET
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Yuup, the bench production was the biggest question mark for me even before Brown got fired. Taxing the starters w/ too many minutes will be the Lakers downfall. D'A's system requires hot players to stay in the court and their hot players are all starters. The lakers are going to run more and they will get tired a lot easier especially if they have a back to back games...

Yeah, I think they need some personnel changes. Somehow, pick up 2 or a 3 to come off the bench. When Pietrus and Delonte West were mentioned in threads, I thought they would be a good pickup for the Lakers. Pietrus is good on offense and defense and West, in spite of his problems, is a good SG. I know the Mavs had him last year and I thought he did well, but you may have a different opinion.

But I think that is the key for LA. They need a deeper bench, and somehow have to make that happen.

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November 23, 2012  11:46 AM ET
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Those 2 are great pick ups if they did pick them up. I liked West and he is a good and consistent player. Something happened in Dallas that got him kicked out. West can shoot and also penetrate His defense is not bad either. I'd rather have West instead of VC in Dallas.

Good info on West, thanks. I did not watch many Mavs games last year, but from what I saw, I thought he did well.

Maybe the Lakers will make a move for the bench soon. My guess is they need to talk it over with D'Antoni after he has been there for a couple of weeks. But they need some help there.

Also, West > VC? I saw VC the other night agains the Knicks and he looked good. But you said overall, he hasn't been that much help. Well, the Mavs are doing well w/o Dirk. When he gets back, Mavs should look very good.

November 23, 2012  12:10 PM ET
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Good info on West, thanks. I did not watch many Mavs games last year, but from what I saw, I thought he did well. Maybe the Lakers will make a move for the bench soon. My guess is they need to talk it over with D'Antoni after he has been there for a couple of weeks. But they need some help there.Also, West > VC? I saw VC the other night agains the Knicks and he looked good. But you said overall, he hasn't been that much help. Well, the Mavs are doing well w/o Dirk. When he gets back, Mavs should look very good.

Pretty sure they will make a move on the bench by mid season. Also they are waiting on what kind of impact dumbtoni will make. We have now Morris and Meaks playing wayyyy better than they did with MB.

 
November 23, 2012  12:29 PM ET
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Pretty sure they will make a move on the bench by mid season. Also they are waiting on what kind of impact dumbtoni will make. We have now Morris and Meaks playing wayyyy better than they did with MB.

Yeah, I agree they need a change to the bench. As far as Meeks and Morris playing better, I did not see the last two games. But the boxscore shows Morris playing 23mins and scoring 3 points, and Meeks playing 9 mins and scoring 0 pts against Brooklyn. Their numbers did get much better against Sac, but the underlying problem is still there, where the Lakers bench was outscored 49-19. Should be a good test against Memphis this next game.

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