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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 9:40 am  |  78 responses

Magic Johnson Rips Mike D’Antoni on ‘The Tonight Show’ (VIDEO)

Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson used a conversation with Jay Leno to rail against Mike D’Antoni’s allergy to defense, and the madness of Dennis Rodman. Good times.

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  • shockexchange

    “Horry Jr brought us 5 championships?” Why doesn’t he do it now then?

  • JJ Jones

    Mike dantoni hasn’t changed his coaching philosophies but I think it goes deeper than that he doesnt want to. Winning is not the biggest priority to this man but winning with HIS system and and winning HIS way is. Thats why despite have a 10-10 record he’s was so defensive towards kobes gang buster comments in November. When the lakers started to get on a role during the second half of 2012-2013 mike dantoni still looked upset probably because they weren’t winning HIS way. Imo this man is one of the most selfish coaches that I have ever witnessed in professional sports.

  • Glenn Towery

    No one should know better than Magic what ails the Lakers… Stifle the tradition of defense in Lakers….Stifle the championship capability of the team.

  • Jay Brodes

    magic should be running the lakers…phil should have been back and mamba would have never have gotten hurt last year..what could have been! thanks magic!

  • shockexchange

    That, and go get LeBron, Bosh and Carmelo. Toss in Thor, Iron Man and Wonder Woman and that would really improve the Lakers.

  • JJ Jones

    Magic is too reactionary and a prisoner of the moment type to run anything.

  • CraigB

    Where is that girl “Lakeshow” to tell us what’s going on here? He has answers for all things Laker related. Even if don’t make no sense he got the answers.

    Watch what you say here guys we have a woman (lakeshow) posting on here who’s feelings maybe hurt if you touch on sensitive topics/or don’t agree with him concerning the lakers.

  • Glenn Towery

    One word “DODGERS”

  • Bruno

    You have a brain right? Why don’t you use it then? …. Answer to your question and mine: Injured!!!

  • Pamela Richard

    However, who starts is more of a popularity contest. Now if Wall had not gotten selected then that would have been a snub.

  • bike

    Magic has amazing hindsight.
    He is completely contradicting what he said a year ago….

  • Jerry Arthur Newcomb

    Magic Johnson, the best to ever play the Game. Micheal Jordan is 2nd. Micheal never lost the best player and played all five positions as a rookie and win the Championship!

    Baby boy Buss is such a bad decision maker! We cant win with him running the Lakers!

  • rtn

    You’re the one acting sensitive. Man up and shut up.

  • tnrc75

    D’Antoni made a comment last year about how basically all he cared about was getting paid. Damn he is such an embarrassment.

  • tnrc75

    Magic is fantastic…he should always be associated with the team…but he shouldn’t be GM. He gets a bit too emotional at times. You have to be cool as the other side of the pillow to be the best GM.

  • JJ Jones

    Really? When?

  • JJ Jones

    Nba related (he’s not nearly as emotionally invested in the dodgers)

  • JerkEarl

    Cool misogyny, bro. Go back to the stone ages.

  • patrick

    disagree with magic that kobe deserves the money (of his new contract)

  • patrick

    also didn’t like his closed-minded comments that we shouldn’t be going to north korea…we should, it can encourage diplomacy, friendship, peace, understanding

  • tnrc75

    I can’t find the quote. He said something like basically I don’t care if they’re winning as long as I’m getting paid.

  • JJ Jones

    Yes he deserves the money not from a production perspective but a marketing perspective.

  • JJ Jones

    Wtf they need to fire his ass.

  • shockexchange

    Funny, because Magic didn’t say “All we need to win a chip is to wait ’til Horry Jr gets healthy.” He mentioned something about getting LeBron, Bosh, Melo, Thor, Iron Man or Wonder Woman.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Magic Johnson should have his own show.

    Oh wait…

  • LakeShow

    Yes, believe the guy that can’t find the quote he’s “quoting” on the interwebs…

  • LakeShow

    Hey cutie.

  • LakeShow

    Why doesn’t Magic do it himself?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Lol you’re a fool dude..oops I mean “girl”

  • ersliva

    COACH D’UMBASS BETTER BE FIRED THIS SUMMER…HES DESTROYING THE LAKERS FASTER THEN LITTLE JIMMY IS EVEN….

  • JJ Jones

    I dont care about that has much as it doesnt seem like dantoni has winning as his #1 priority

  • LakeShow

    You might be right.

    He loves winning his way though, so if you’re going to hire him, give him the players to make it happen.

  • JJ Jones

    Who do u have in mind kevin love is the only good fit that could possibly see with his system

  • shockexchange

    Why don’t you ask him yourself?

  • Hotpantz

    Seems ironic that his name is D..Antoni….

  • LakeShow

    Oh there are dozens and dozens of guys.

    The problem is acquiring them.

    D’Antoni doesn’t demand a lot. He wants you to be able to hit a jumper and be able to make quick decisions. If you do that, you’re good.

    He’s good with good teams, and terrible with dysfunctional teams with poor talent and little to no self interest in playing defense.

    He just needs talent. Believe me the dude is a genius in some regards with his offensive schemes. He just needs players that are willing(not Dwight) and able(not Pau).

  • LakeShow

    Why don’t you ask Kobe yourself?

  • shockexchange

    He’s busy reading the best book about Wall Street in the past 20 years, and maybe the most important book on economics since the Great Depression. The Shock Exchange wouldn’t want to disturb him.

  • LakeShow

    No he’s not.

    No one is.

    BTW what book are you referring to that was written during the Great Depression and was about Economics that yours is more important than?

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange refuses to answer this question Lake. What do you take him for … a shameless self-promoter? You’ve gotten his dander up!

  • robb

    Exactly. I agree with Magic, but he really needs to be consistent with his opinions. He should, at least, address he was wrong before and has changed his mind, but he acts as if he’s always said what he’s saying now.

  • JJ Jones

    Hes a prisoner of the moment

  • robb

    We’re in the 21st century Macho Man

  • JJ Jones

    And a good defensive assistant. Hopefully tom Thibodeau and the bulls part ways so he can be to dantoni what he was to doc rivers back in 08. One thing that dantoni is flawed at offense wise is that he NEVER wants to slow the damn game down. Look what happens when the lakers play miami or okc he still wants to push the pace. To me that show that he can’t (or isnt willing to) adapt to certain situations.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, you’re right. I still have a glimmer of hope. We have only seen him in the most dire straights in his time as a Laker.

    I’d love to see him with a healthy, intact squad before we cast him away as a malcontent.

  • hashzz

    Coach No D’antoni…..terrible hire to say the least. With coaches like hollins, byron scott, karl etc. , I don’t think the Lakers have an excuse to keep him considering they had a quick trigger in firing Brown. The.fan base WILL NOT be happy.

  • CraigB

    I knew you were a female, men don’t use the word cutie….

  • CraigB

    Real clever…..

  • CraigB

    Shut the Fu*k you sound as dumb Lakeshow, and I’m not your bro, save that for you gay dudes that sticking up for that hoe Lakeshow.

  • CraigB

    You to sir are a bi*th sticking up for another man, talking about man up, I don’t need another guy to respond for me. Stop acting like lake shows better half.

  • CraigB

    So u think it’s kool for dudes to marry then? Go head and propose to Lakeshow he needs a good man, the rest of guys that liked yall comments can like that too…

  • LakeShow

    Okay cutie.

  • JerkEarl

    You’re not very smart, are you?

  • LakeShow

    Let me answer that for him: “SHUT DA FUK UP YOU GIRL”

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Thank you sir

  • robb

    Well, I’m not a good man, so I’m probably not what he’s looking for but what the hell.

    Hey Lake wanna marry me?

  • Saleem Rainman

    this interaction makes me feel slightly uncomfortable,i must admit

  • LakeShow

    That’s the idea lol.

  • LakeShow

    Meh… sure.

  • Ugh

    I think it’s cool for men to marry other men. I think it’s great.

    Problem?

  • Ugh

    Is there an open jumper? If yes, shoot. If no, pick and roll.

    Is that the genius bit? If so, my pickup games are savant level basketball.

  • Ugh

    Hey Lake. you’re a shameless Lakers homer and Kobe lover – but that’s it. But you seem to attract more spiteful haters than anyone on here. How do you do it? Or is it just the one cyberstalker or something who keeps checking in here to insult you.

    In some ways I’m kind of jealous. I mean, I’m openly gay, openly intellectual and I hate on LeBron and Kobe all the time – everything sports fans should hate, right? But nobody says this stuff to me. What gives? Why am I failing to be as unpopular as you? How do you do it?

  • CraigB

    1. didn’t ask u 2. don’t care how great u think it is, I don’t like it that’s all that matters 3. yeah, its unnatural since u asked.

  • CraigB

    u just made some of your other buddies in the forum jealous, congrats on the nuptials……..I knew it would happen for u one day.

  • CraigB

    You should have sent this proposal to lakeshow if he feels your the man for him good or bad that’s between y’all……..

  • CraigB

    Gay……..no comeback? so your going to play the role of what I said you are…gay? or your not playing?

  • CraigB

    be a little more creative next time you suck at this……caps? you really sounded manly there…..

  • CraigB

    You talk about stone ages and being smart, sounds like you feel accomplished for turning on your computer and responding to me, my intelligence has nothing to do with me talking bad about your home girl Lakeshow…..what? it takes a engineer to do that? I’m smart enough to get you dumb hoes to respond to some internet talk.

  • CraigB

    I can tell you young a$$ punk with that disrespectful a$$ profile pic. I would tell your father so he can whoop some sense into yo a$$. Go get yo sh*t together and stop LOLing all the time its unmanly….

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Young? Yes very 21 to be exact. Punk? Maybe I mean I’m not the one talking tough over the internet. And I would be glad for you to tell my father I mean I don’t live with him I’m in the military soo….. I’m pretty sure any regular here would tell you I have my shit together considering I’m currently serving in the United States Air Force. But you got it Craig I guess I’m less manly…

  • LakeShow

    lol, What can I say, I’m damn good/terrible.

  • LakeShow

    What’s that? Did someone say something?…

  • LakeShow

    You missed the D’Antoni-PHX era I take it?

    Steve Nash won 2 MVP’s because of his system.

    Boris Diaw put up 13-7-6-1-1 on 53% fg’s in his system.

    Jeremy Lin became a household name and earned a huge contract because of him.

    D’Antoni is the main catalyst in the L’s transition to smaller ball and more emphasis on 3 point shooting.

    The guy changed the game. You should know this…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    why people are voting this up, like Magic Johnson didn’t do some of the most boneheaded sh*t in league history is hilarious. 1 game in 1980 > a series sweep in 1984? lol, revisionist history is cute.

  • Evan Boland

    Healthy? He’s in his 18th season, 23 + seasons of mileage if you count playoffs, season coming over a devastating injury. I think it’s time we start talkin’ about Kobe Bryant, in the past tense. But make no mistake he was one of the greatest to ever lace em up. Top 10.

  • Ugh

    1) But you responded anyway.
    2) Oh, you’re all that matters. Right.
    3) Oh, you responded anyway.

    You’re so dumb. :)

  • Ugh

    Seriously, LakeShow, can you name a single offensive play he invented? Can you describe what his offensive schemes are to a greater extent than what I did above?

  • LakeShow

    Can you name one that Popovich invented?

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