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Amar'e Stoudemire's jab boggles Mike D'Antoni's mind

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09:10 AM ET 01.05 | Mind-boggling. That was the reaction of Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni to Amar'e Stoudemire's blunt remarks he was "never taught defense" in his career before getting a solid defensive coach in the Knicks' Mike Woodson. D'Antoni and Stoudemire were together a combined six seasons in Phoenix and New York. Their relationship while with the Suns wasn't too good. It got better when D'Antoni coached the Knicks. Now Stoudemire's dagger has sent it off the rails again. "I don't think he meant it bad, but it's mind-boggling," D'Antoni said Friday after Lakers practice. Asked what Stoudemire meant, D'Antoni said: "Come on. He just threw [former Phoenix coach] Frank Johnson, myself, [and current Suns coach] Alvin Gentry [under the bus]. Actually, Mike Woodson, [was] he saving the good stuff? He was the defensive coach [last year]. I'll save that until I really coach him. That doesn't make any sense."

New York Post

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January 5, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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Somebody posted a link here this week where Amare said the exact same thing back in 2010. Hasn't he bothered to learn anything on his own as a player? You can hire somebody to help you when you make millions. This just comes across like excuse making to me.BTW, what's with all the Amare threads on T&R lately?

Apple is holding the interns hostage. Next week, he'll be dragging Jeremy "Love" through the mud...

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January 5, 2013  10:24 AM ET

D, A'ntoni needs to focus in doing his job as a lakers coach and stop wasting time in the media or whatever players talking about,,,

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January 5, 2013  10:35 AM ET

A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste, Bro.

January 5, 2013  10:37 AM ET

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January 5, 2013  11:17 AM ET

Just shut your yap and play dude.

January 5, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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... Gasol needs to be gone. ...

It was obvious last night that Gasol won't fit in. I thought he could be solid option with pick & roll -- like his brother is in Memphis -- but it isn't going work with DAntoni. (Lakers want a 3 point shooter in his role.)

It wouldn't surprise me if he is gone within a week. (they said they'd give it a chance to work -- time to pull the plug)

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