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Mike D'Antoni hates, but understands 'We want Phil' chants

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10:10 AM ET 04.28 | It is the chant that has defined the season, yet somehow has not defined the man. The most amazing thing about the derisive jeer that has rained upon Mike D'Antoni's slumped shoulders for the last six months is that not once has he jeered back. "We want Phil," scream the fans. "I understand," says the coach who is not Phil. Before the Lakers take the Staples Center court Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs in probably the last game of the most disappointing season in franchise history, perhaps it is time to consider the fortitude of the man who has borne the wrath of that shame. For being the most disliked figure in Los Angeles sports, Mike D'Antoni sure does like to smile. "I hear the chant, I'm human, you hate it," he said Saturday. "But I understand why it's happening, and it only makes you more determined to get it done."

Los Angeles Times

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April 28, 2013  10:24 AM ET

If you can understand that how about trying to understand how to implement a system that works with the players you have. The injuries can be used as an excuse to save your job but I have a feeling that you will suck next year as well.

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April 28, 2013  11:57 AM ET
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He hasn't shown that he knows what he is doing or how to work with the hand he has been dealt.The injuries may save him but it would be a mistake to keep him on.

No.........The mistake was to hire him in the first place...

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April 28, 2013  12:21 PM ET
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Jim Buss has proven that he's a IDIOT.If this guy is not sent packing, he will elevate his status to Criminally INSANE.

That's what happens when daddy hands the keys to the team to the wrong child. Dr. Buss should have picked Jeanie Buss to run the Lakers. Granted she's runs the business and money side of the Lakers. But she should be running the basketball side as well. Jeanie is more like her father then Jim Buss will ever be.

But as a non Laker fan. I hop Jim Buss runs the team into the ground.

April 28, 2013  12:22 PM ET
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Jim Buss has proven that he's a IDIOT.If this guy is not sent packing, he will elevate his status to Criminally INSANE.

I wonder if the fans can make a citizen's arrest on Jimbo?

April 28, 2013  12:22 PM ET
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Jim Buss has proven that he's a IDIOT.If this guy is not sent packing, he will elevate his status to Criminally INSANE.

For our sake, I hope he continues to coach the Kobe Lakers. Or is it the Mamba Lakers now since every player are being named Mambas now? Jim Buss is going to do it his way and he will not take the blame. He'll keep Uncle Dumbtonie because certain superstar agreed w/ the hiring...

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April 28, 2013  12:50 PM ET

They likely won't win the title next season, either...there's not enough cap flexibility to remake the bench. That said, if this idiot is back next season there's absolutely NO reason to watch the team...unless you want to see how not to coach.

April 28, 2013  12:52 PM ET

He was just a bad hire.

April 28, 2013  12:54 PM ET
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If Trigger Mike returns, Howard is lost.So, I am casting my vote for Mike as we speak!

Crossing finger. I wonder who would Kobe pick as the next coach? There's no Jerry Buss that can tell him that the coach they will be hiring is good for the team. Remember that it was Jerry's decision to bring back Phil even though Kobe didn't want him back...

April 28, 2013  01:26 PM ET

Wow. Jim Buss really messed this team up.

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April 28, 2013  01:56 PM ET
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Jim Buss has proven that he's a IDIOT.If this guy is not sent packing, he will elevate his status to Criminally INSANE.

True. He put his ego ahead what's best for the franchise.
He has this off season to start cleaning things up. I hope he will come down to earth and listen to Lakernation. We want Phil! lol

April 28, 2013  01:59 PM ET
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For our sake, I hope he continues to coach the Kobe Lakers. Or is it the Mamba Lakers now since every player are being named Mambas now? Jim Buss is going to do it his way and he will not take the blame. He'll keep Uncle Dumbtonie because certain superstar agreed w/ the hiring...

Shall we call you the Chamorro Mamba? lol

 
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