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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 11:00 am  |  126 responses

Pau Gasol Rips Selfish Lakers and Mike D’Antoni’s Small Lineups

Pau Gasol hadn’t complained about his inept Laker teammates and head coach Mike D’Antoni in a while, and he more than made up for it Tuesday night in Indiana. Following yet another crushing loss, Gasol tore into his team for their lack of discipline and selfish ways, and called out D’Antoni for putting out small-ball lineups against bigger, more physical squads. Per the LA Times:

Gasol was irritated with teammates putting up too many one-on-one shots and bothered by D’Antoni’s small-ball lineup, which pitted the slender Wesley Johnson against power forward David West.

Gasol called for more discipline, presumably from D’Antoni, saying there were too many “individual actions” right now.

Eleven of the Lakers’ 15 players are in the final year of their contracts, a big problem on a losing team, no?

“Probably. That’s part of it,” Gasol said. “But that’s why you have to be disciplined and implement discipline. That’s how you kind of make that better or make that not a factor. I don’t think there’s a lot of discipline right now.”

The Lakers were outrebounded, 62-42, an unsurprising statistic because the physical Pacers own the NBA’s best overall (43-13) and home record (27-3).

“When you get outrebounded by 20 rebounds, I don’t care who you are and what you do, it’s not going to work and you’re not going to win,” said Gasol, who had 13 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes.

He was asked how the smaller Johnson would fare against beefy Memphis forward Zach Randolph if the Lakers continued to roll with a small lineup Wednesday.

“Good luck, right?” Gasol said, sighing. “Let’s see what happens [Wednesday] if Wes continues to start or if we actually try to match up and utilize our size because we do have guys with size that can do well.”

D’Antoni didn’t say much to the team after the game.

“Nothing,” he said. “I’m not one to tell them right now. We’ll talk tomorrow morning. We’ll let them cool off a little bit and we’ll show them some film and get a better idea of exactly how bad we played. Hopefully we can go out tomorrow and correct some mistakes.”

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  • Yes sir

    Finally! Someone had to say something. He called the coach out for basically being stupid and not being a coach. He’s letting players run the asylum. It’s a shame for Gasol to play in such BS system. Way to go

  • pposse

    MIke D’Antoni is by far the most overhyped coach ever. What coach gets opportunities in the two biggest NBA markets on the planet and continues to under achieve and get called out from his players over and over and over again. LA wants Melo? Would he even dare think to play under D’Antoni? This is when a good friend or a manager doing their job steps in and informs Melo that history will only repeat itself, dont be young and dumb.

  • JJ Jones

    Wonder if pau gasol will give dantoni the the death stare when theyre done tanking?

  • JoeMaMa

    They should’ve traded him. I have no clue why they didn’t. Big salary off the books, helps with tanking, gives more time to a few youngsters….the Lakers are the worst team in the Western Conference. It’s a shame that Pau has to put up with this silliness. Oh well, 19.3 million helps.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they were asking for the world, nobody was giving up draft picks for 3 months of Pau Gasol

  • JML-G

    nobody told ol Pau Lakers are actually tanking now, didnt they?!

  • KSupreme

    I hear ya man. Dantoni’s system ruins team ball and sometimes careers. the system hasn’t improved. It turned Dwight howard off, Kaman who is a legit veteran barely plays, and as much as i dislike Pau, he still has a lot left in the tank.

  • GP

    LOVE IT. Gasol in IDGAF has been hilarious and awesome to watch. He knows he’s leaving this summer so he is finally speaking his mind.

  • GP

    If LA does not fire Pringles this summer, ownership is truly oblivious to this team’s issues.

  • GP

    However, MDA is the perfect choice to lead a tank!

  • JoeMaMa

    Agreed. Operating from a position of weakness, they should’ve gone for a pick or two and a young player.
    Foolish move by the Lakers.

  • Jay Brodes

    dantoni should be fired…worst lakers coach…ever! yeah i said it..what are they waiting for..jimmy get it done or have sis do it! this is what happens when you didn’t bring phil back!!! right the ship now!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i think you misread my commen t. they asked for a pick and a young player for him, but nobody was giving up a pick for 3 months of Pau.

  • pposse

    i agree, but at this point if your Kobe do you really want to have another coach? Coaching changes seem to be disruptive and the Lakers only have 2 yrs left with their star who is thinking that they will get a ring within those two years. I dont know where you go from here, but a coaching change might not be as simple as it should be for this situation.

  • Jswagbo

    Under achieve? With this Lakers squad of Pau Gasol and volume shooters and 1 healthy point guard per game. The Lakers are a bad team and theyre playing like a bad team. As far as the knicks Dantoni might have overachieved, they are far worse than they were when he was coach with basically an identical team. Dantoni is a good offensive coach not a miracle worker. Obviously the defense is a problem but people forget that the Phoenix teams were pretty good defensively they just played at a fast pace.. The Lakers have started steve nash, kendell marshall and steve blake at the pg, theyre obviously gunna be terrible defensively.

  • pposse

    kobe is a half court player, Pau a half court player, DH can be effective up and down but would and should be way more effective in the half court plus he was coming off a back injury/ was injured all last year, as a coach you gotta adapt like a chameleon to your personnel, D’Antoni has done none of that. Hell within the first month of him being the coach didn’t nash fracture his leg? And none of that is an eye opener?

  • LakeShow

    Why would you want the Lakers to fire D’Antoni this season?

    You’re an idiot if you think he is hurting THIS team.

  • LakeShow

    Nope none of it is an “eye opener”.

    Should Thibbs be fired?

    Brooks?

    Think with your brain.

  • pposse

    Thibs be fired for what? Providing results? Brooks for providing results? Its not only about injury, its about getting the job done, the system yall got in LA is not and will never fit the personnel.

  • Jswagbo

    Pau was hurt, Dwight is far better up and down which is why hes doing well in Houston he just didnt like playing in LA. Hes an above average post player and an elite pick and roll guy, its not Dantonis fault he was hurt. As for Kobe he excelled in D’antonis system last year. Pau had his troubles but its more of a problem with spacing. Gasol and Dwight both wanted to be on the inside, Gasol was the better shooter so he had to step out for spacing reasons. When you have 2 guys that play like that it hurts your offense look at the Grizzlies or the Pistons.

  • JoeMaMa

    Not a single pick?
    Well then, there are some foolish teams. Pau could really help several teams. He’s a multiple NBA champ and a top flight big man.

  • GP

    I believe a coaching change makes perfect sense this summer for multiple reasons.

    A) 80% of this team won’t be here next year. They will also likely have TWO high impact players joining (max player + high draft pick), which is essentially a fresh start and is a perfect time to implement a new system. New role players will also be signed. Lastly, Kobe will also be playing different out of necessity rather than choice (slower, more off the post I presume).

    b) Kobe and MAD are not a good combo. Kobe is best utilized off the post (which PJ did extremely well during the Kobe/Gasol title years), especially at his age. MAD thinks that Kobe is 22 years old and can score off pick and rolls til exhaustion.

    c) MAD is allergic to defense. Old Kobe is already allergic to defense to begin with – having a coach who reinforces a lack of defense does not help.

    d) Next year (2014-2015) is MAD’s last under the contract. Bite the 4 mill/year for the final year and ship his a** out.

  • GP

    Yes, but why would, for example, Cleveland grab him for 3 months of the season (after giving up picks), without a guarantee that he’d stay with them past this summer?

  • GP

    Most fans’ issues with MAD are not from this year (I doubt many people actually sat through Laker games this year); it was how he handled the roster last year.

    Between under-utilizing Pau, overplaying Kobe, and just generally not knowing what to do Dwight, Pringles was over his head.

  • pposse

    but thats what im saying yes these guys were hurt, therefore your system must get tweeked not bc its the system which is debatable, but bc the system can’t run when your players are injured. The problem is he is hell bent on doing things his way, plus his ego is out of this world.

  • JoeMaMa

    Off the top of my head, I’d say OKC, Houston, Toronto, Golden State, Phoenix…I think he adds a few wins to each team, maybe a round in the playoffs. For Toronto and Phoenix, they have picks and they’re maxing out their young talent, and for them, getting to the second round would expose the teams to greater depth of playoff experience – extremely valuable. Cleveland…meh. Maybe if they were playing the way we thought they could, they would’ve made a play on him.
    Anyway, I get the views stated in this thread – there’s risk; he’s a rent-a-player. I’m just a bit surprised that nothing could get worked out for his kind of talent.

  • pposse

    okay that makes sense if basically the whole roster will get uhauled then rebuilding is inevitable and plus kobe is good enough to familiarize himself with any system.

  • GP

    Keep in mind to trade a player you also have to match salaries.The other teams also needed to have expirings the Lakers are willing to take back. LA refused to take on contracts beyond this year, or next at the latest, so the other team would have to meet that criteria, in addition to giving LA the picks they desired. Its just too much for Gasol.

  • Jswagbo

    No system can run while the players are injured. The players were just not good/healthy enough to win a ton of games. Sometimes the team just sucks and the coach is often the scapegoat.

  • bike

    This is all Dwight’s fault.

  • playa

    Man… you better prepare for furious counter-attack from the biggest A’ntoni apologist NBK.

  • LakeShow

    They have incredibly better built teams… obviously dude.

    WTH… try to use your brain here.

    What system does fit the “personnel” (if that’s what you call D-League players and cast offs) in LA?

  • GP

    Yeah. The Lakers literally only have 5 guaranteed contracts next year (Kobe, Nash, Young, Sacre, and Marshall). Sacre and Marshall’s contract combined are less than 2 million. Essentially, they only have ~35 million in guaranteed contract, leaving them with 23 million to splurge this summer (more if they are willing to go over the tax line).

  • LakeShow

    Yep…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    who cares? is Pau winning you a championship? no? then why give up on your future to rent him for 3 months?

  • JoeMaMa

    Yeah, that’s true. I was thinking Okafor, maybe Kendrick Perkins? Asik? Asik’s off the books next summer, isn’t he? I feel like he’s a double double machine waiting to happen. Ah well. It didn’t work, Pau pouts, get paid, and we comment on it.

  • GP

    Huh? If anything Pringle’s system HELPS team ball and enhances career. Amare, Boris Diaw, Raja Bell, Nash, Barbosa, freaking Tim Thomas, and Jeremy Lin all benefited heavily from MDA’s free flowing offensive concepts.

  • LakeShow

    People are so jaded.

    It’s weird how much hate D’Antoni gets. He’s not the best, but to act like this team SHOULD be better is a far cry from reality.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s the rub when you are chosen over Phil it seems. he was doomed from the jump

  • LakeShow

    People think that with Phil injuries just miraculously would not have happened to a bunch of guys on the wrong side of 30…

    Hate to break it to them, but this team was waiting to blow up from physical decline.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    YUP, oh well, the Lakers losing, someone has to get blamed. probably good that D’Antoni can serve as the scapegoat, because with Phil coaching it probably would have been Pau. He’s the soft target in that scenario.

  • pposse

    grind out slow tempo..The bulls right now won 6 games vs west while losing 13 or so games vs west. This number can be a little deceiving since Rose’s injury happened during the first big West Coast trip so shock and awe is not shown.

    Any time a team has inferior talent in order to compete you got to slow the game down, “dirty” it up a little. And the bulls have an incredibly built team? The talk round here in the beginning of the season (after Rose’s Injury) were the bulls aren’t even making into the playoffs. But we are getting it done right now based off the coaching and Noah being the best Center since the beginning of the 2010′s.

  • pposse

    lmao

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    did you really just say that inferior teams have to slow down to compete? have you ever in your life watched basketball or do you just comment on it?
    .
    the Phoenix Suns right at this very moment are proving your theory wrong.
    .
    or we could just bring up the 2007 Golden State Warriors and take a giant sh*t on that incredibly wrong statement.
    .
    the way to win when you are inferior is to speed the game up and take advantage of chaos. the slower and more organized a game is, the easier it is for the most talented players on the court to assert their will on the game.

  • pposse

    maybe you need to understand what compete is? Just cause you win games doesn’t mean anything, you need to learn how to play defense and the best way to do that is slow the game down. Competition doesn’t happen until that gets established. Sure point to the one freak time an 8 seed took out a 1, and phx will probably all but prove my theory the min they step into the playoffs and get waxed.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    …….the one freaking time an 8 seed took out a 1? (it’s not, but for the sake of this conversation let’s pretend it was)

    —– my point exactly.

    well that was easy.
    .
    “less talented” teams aren’t winning when the game slows down in the playoffs, that’s why those less talented teams don’t win…….
    .
    if Phoenix slowed down, they not only wouldn’t win in the playoffs, they wouldn’t even make them.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Pau Gasol makes 19.3 million this season. Okafor is the only one of those guys they could have acquired for Pau. And they weren’t trading Pau for nothing in return, considering Emeka won’t even play this season.

  • JJ Jones

    This is what ive always wanted to see from him

  • pposse

    none of that addresses competing. Side swiping teams that actually are competing for rings and championships by hitting teams off guard with a fast attack in a regular season game does nothing to improve the culture. Its a mirage like the 4 doored fiatt. It might solve an immediate problem, but does nothing for the team in the long haul.

  • JJ Jones

    They are dont tanking yet but dont worry hes on his way out soon I would hope.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what. the. f*ck. are. you. talking. about.
    .
    in the future? what the hell does that matter? each season is 82 games long. “competing” applies to the season taking place right now. if you want to “compete” for a title down the line? then you are going to add more talented players, and will no longer be a less talented team. the style of play you use in seasons before you add that talent is 100% irrelevant. that’s why they have training camp, so that each team can implement their system.
    .

  • LakeShow

    Can’t believe this needed to be explained^

  • LakeShow

    You can’t mince words on a comment board.

    I said “incredibly better built team”. Which is very true. The Bulls have a stout defensive team. Something that immediately bodes well for them. Play great defense and you are immediately ahead of the pack.(plus their in the East so moot point) The Lakers don’t have a single good defender.

    What do the Lakers have going for them exactly? Tell me? Who are their iso scorers in this slowed down game you want them to play for god who knows why… (do you still think they are trying to win games???!!!) gaddam I’m frustrated with you lol.

  • LakeShow

    I’m pretty sure he just feels like arguing, because there is no merit to anything he is speaking on.

    He wants the Lakers to become a slowed down defensive team… LMAO…

  • pposse

    thats funny cause i remember before the argument for D’Antoni was bc Phil Jackson never took a team in the first year into the promiseland. Competing in your world might mean that, but I clearly outlined my definition of competing which is to be in legit contention for championships year in year out. The best way to do that is to get the squad to play defense, that or acquire top end talent.

  • Evan Boland

    Hey, I’m happy his helping us tank, but he does suck.

  • JJ Jones

    Because they promised kobe to keep him around

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    uhm, first of all, the argument for D’Antoni over Jackson was about the roster and makeup of the team at the time. the fact that Phil has never taken a team to the promise land in one season is completely unrelated to this conversation, that revolved around THE TRIANGLE, and how complex it is to learn. and Phil Jacksons teams in Los Angeles were in the top half of the league in pace every season they won a title except 1…..when they finished 16th. SO not only are you wrong, but the point you are trying to make contradicts your entire argument.

    and most importantly, name one team that competes for a title year in and year out without top end talent.
    .
    just one.
    .
    you are just saying words, your argument is directionless, and you clearly haven’t put much thought into what you are saying.

  • LakeShow

    “I’m happy that he is helping us suck, but he still sucks…”

    What coach would have been “good” for us this season?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that has to be it. his argument has about as much constructive thought put into it as the last dump i took.

  • robb

    D’Antoni’s situation’s pretty tough. The team is depleted. That being said, screw him he’s overhyped as f*ck.

  • pposse

    to your point i guess it doesnt matter anyways since more than half the roster will be somewhere else come next year anyway. But I think its important to develop habits, even though they aren’t competing for anything the guys still should be hooping the ‘right way’ and D’Antoni doesn’t teach his guys to do that imo.

  • LakeShow

    I could see that point IF they had anyone on the team they were trying to develop or keep for the future. But they don’t.

  • pposse

    the pistons in the early 00′s, the Grizzlies were on pace too and they still might be, the Bulls right now,

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Pistons had a ton of talent…..they had 5 all stars in their starting lineup….
    .
    the Grizzlies were on pace? they competed for ZERO championships.
    .
    the Bulls right now? they are competing for titles? they had 2 seasons where you can make a case for them as “competing for titles” and in those seasons they had a top 7 player (top 3 by your own admission), which doesn’t at all qualify as being “less talented” than anyone else. try again.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you can hoop the right way and still play up tempo. again, look at the Suns right now.

  • pposse

    none were top end talent – pistons roster, and besides the Heat all other teams are not matchup nightmares for the Bulls. Losing to the eventual champs doesn’t discriminate the team from being in contention. The grizzlies were the other team that beat that a 1 seed in the playoffs, that team was foreal too. They had a shot for the past couple years imo, not so sure anymore.

  • pposse

    ill try and watch them, imo i think they will lost pretty soundly in the first rd then next yr they will regress as a team.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    having a shot if you get extremely lucky and being a title contender are pretty different. the Bulls losing to more talented teams in Miami, again, proves my point. you beat superior teams by creating chaos. it’s much harder to do that when the game is played at a slower pace. this is seriously elementary basketball, sometimes you get too excited and just argue a point because you are already committed to it. you are wrong in this case pposse, obviously wrong.
    .
    if you want to argue that teams should learn defense if they want to compete i totally and completely agree. but learning how to play defense, and playing slow are not co-dependent.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah they will lose very very soundly in the first round. but if they played slower they wouldn’t be in playoff contention at all, because they are less talented, and don’t possess the ability offensively to consistently succeed in a slower paced situation, as they are reliant on mismatches and the defense being unset due to their lack of top end talent.

    (i apologize for the run on sentence, that was a headache for me to re-read, so i can imagine how awful it was as the person who didn’t write it).

  • pposse

    lmao aight aight ill stop… back to work, your right i lost my train of thought a little while ago, but kept on typing and digging a hole ill stop foreal now

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol no worries, i knew that you weren’t really thinking through this argument. and then your comment to Lakeshow about developing habits clarified to me what you were trying to argue. and with that point i totally agree.

  • Evan

    This guy played 6 years with Kobe Bryant and now he’s complaining about selfishness? Lol

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange has a saying for moments like this —> “LATE PASS”

  • shockexchange

    The Lakers did it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    The Lakers did what?

  • shockexchange

    Gave up their future – Andrew Bynum – in order to rent a player for one year.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    A player…..I said “Pau” ….. Not “a player” – and the Lakers player being the best Center in the league at 26 years old is a lot different than 33 year old Pau Gasol, either way — Bynum was their future? What’s he up to? How’d the team that acquired him do? Seems to me the Lakers made the right decision considering one year of production > 0 years of production. And they got the better player.

  • shockexchange

    Bynum got hurt bowling. Nobody could have foreseen that.

  • 2chainz

    Kobe and Pau are overrated the only reason they won 2 chips together was because they played a sub-par Magic team and Kendrick Perkins got hurt in game 6 (2010). In 2008 the Lakers lost by 39pts in game 6 in Boston to a HEALTHY Celtics team. Hypothetically if those Celtics with KG, Pierce, Allen and Rondo stayed healthy Kobe would have been 0-3 in the finals. Another thing you need to realize is that the Lakers of 2008-2011 wont go down as an all time great team because they got way too many breaks for those 2 championships.

    Kobe and Shaq Lakers is more of an all time great team with the 3peat and winning 15/16 games in 2001 playoffs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Bynum was very injury prone. getting the best center in the league for him? when they are both on expiring contracts? that’s a no brainer dude.

  • LakeShow

    Maybe that shows how wrong that perception is.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nah that’s his opinion, he didn’t say anything that is “wrong” – i don’t agree with “most overhyped coach ever” but that is irrelevant, the rest of what he said is fine.

  • shockexchange

    Lakers split up Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time (the duo that brought them the chip) for a chance to rent D12 for a year. Worst trade so far this century.

  • LakeShow

    People think it’s apologizing to correct wrong sentiments.

    If I said that “T-Mac was never a very good player”.

    People would “apologize” for T-Mac.

    People think that D’Antoni is the worse thing that has happened in the NBA in the last decade. Which is absurd. He has helped shape the NBA into what we see today.

  • LakeShow

    This is just all around hilarious and not worth my reprimanding.

  • LakeShow

    I’ve never heard of a player that puts up 6ppg and 4rpg “bringing a team the chip”…

    How’s life on fantasy island where you “drop fiddy” on everyone everyday?

  • shockexchange

    We have had this conversation before “LakeAct” (cause the Lakers’ season won’t last long enough to be considered a show). You know who won those chips.

  • LakeShow

    Yes, I do “Stupid Exchange”.

    A team named the Lakers.

  • shockexchange

    Why don’t the Lakers do it now then?

  • LakeShow

    I don’t know… that’s a great question…

    They have Chris Kaman / Pau Gasol at the same time…

    Maybe Kobe is the missing link? Who woulda thought…

  • shockexchange

    The Lakers don’t have “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L” – that’s why Horry Jr is playing hurt. If Shaq was there Horry Jr would have been back weeks ago.

  • LakeShow

    Mmmh, good points as usual man.

    You add so much intelligence to these comment boards.

  • shockexchange

    De facto co-sign … for the Shock Exchange!

  • LakeShow

    Yep.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Foxx.PH Foxx ( Danmark Fax )

    Back to Memphis Pau, reunite with your brother. Z-Bo, be part of Lakers Night! Haha!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well said.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    their chances at a title were already dead. or did you not see the collapse in 2011? were you just writing your book and not paying attention to the world when that happened?

  • davidR

    terry porter coaching the suns is a perfect example

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    YES! that is perfect, i knew there was an example somewhere. Porter got fired and then the next season Alvin Gentry brought them to the Conference Finals.

  • shockexchange

    Of course. SE was just ribbing LakeAct a little bit.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you replied to me with that comment, not him.

  • shockexchange

    Oops. The Lakers chances at a title wasn’t dead. They were just a bunch of underachievers who needed a kick in the pants.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh ok, that’s why Phil Jackson left right?

  • shockexchange

    That and his health concerns. Miraculously when the Lakers signed Rent-A-Center Phil caught the “coaching bug” again.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    miraculously? oh shock, go ahead, say the reason.

    i’ll give you a hint, you already admitted the answer,

    “nbk > shockexchange • 33 minutes ago
    their chances at a title were already dead. or did you not see the collapse in 2011? were you just writing your book and not paying attention to the world when that happened? ”

    “shockexchange > nbk • 21 minutes ago

    Of course. SE was just ribbing LakeAct a little bit”

  • shockexchange

    LOL. Phil wants to coach so badly that there have been openings in Denver, Memphis and BK and he turned them all down.

  • Saleem Rainman

    You do realize that Nash hurt his leg off of a random incident that had nothing to do with pace…also, Mike Brown was the coach that gam who was trying to instill a slower paced princeton offense… LMAO there goes that argument.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Exactly. He doesn’t coach teams that don’t have a shot at a title. And he quit the Lakers why? You can do it

  • David Gamboa

    It still amazes me that D’Antoni is the Lakers’ coach while Lionel Hollins is on NBA TV.

  • Cathy Parsons

    The Lakers have started steve nash, kendell marshall and steve blake at the pg, theyre obviously gunna be terrible defensively.

  • LouisVuittonDon

    Lebron and d-wade are overrated the only reason they won 2 chips together was because they played a sub-par and unexperienced thunder team and the refs cheated the spurs in game 6. In the 2012 finals the thunder managed to steal a game, hypothetically if they played the way they did in the first game for the whole series the heat would be 0-3 in the finals counting the dallas series as well. Another thing you need to realize is that the heat of 2010- wont go down as an all time great team because they got way too many elite players in comparison to the rest of the L.

    I know you ride the heat like no other so i thought i would remix your stupid rant into one that fits the heat narrative

  • JJ Jones

    Just fire the monopoly man after the tank stops rolling. Hes obviously quit just like he did in new york. Without steve nash hes a sh*t coach and he knows it. What has he accomplished without him??

  • JJ Jones

    Um wasnt kobe missing bynum and ariza in 2008? If missing perkins is.the reason that the celtics blew.the 2010 finals then they didnt deserve to win anyway.

  • JJ Jones

    ” The lakers caught too many breaks” yeah like roy hibbert not being in at the end of game 1 and ray allens game winner didnt happen or something

  • 2chainz

    Even though Lebron did not show up in the 2011 finals the heat did not lose by 39pts in a game 6.

    Thunder of 2012 had the #2 best player in the world in Kevin Durant and All stars in Westbrook and Harden (current NBA stars).

    The Spurs of 2013 had Tim Duncan (Greatest PF) and best coach in the NBA in Gregg Popovich.

    All those teams were fully healthy and in both of those championship series Miami was the underdog.

    im not Heat fan just a fan of Lebron.

  • RunNGun

    D’Antoni… best coach for the Lakers. Too bad he doesn’t have the personnel to run his SSOL.

  • brothasdontsurf

    Damn you Mr.Pringles.

  • Ugh

    “MIke D’Antoni is by far the most overhyped coach ever. ”

    How soon we forget Don Nelson.

  • Evan Boland

    Well, this season a shitty coach would be “good” for us.. So D’antoni.. I’m just saying he does suck. He’s a stubborn one-dimensional coach and is extremely ill-fitted for any time hoping to compete for a chip unless the personal is an exact fit.

  • Michel Simmons

    Smart of him to voice his criticism after trade deadline. Foolish of the Lakers to not push hard to ship him off before that too. Especially considering how they’re running the squad with Mike as Coach.

    (He gets no respect for me so I call him by his first name.)

  • grgeblck

    Source from NBA.com

    “Everybody’s looking for a contract on the team, and when the ball
    doesn’t share, then your numbers go down and you get frustrated, and
    then you lash out,” D’Antoni said. “The place to do it is in the
    dressing room among us.”

    Gasol should get out of Lakers. Talent wasted right there.

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  • 2chainz

    May I remind you that Kobe had a terrible shooting performance in game 7 of the 2010 NBA finals and out of no where Metta World Peace plays the game of his life and the Lakers win the title.

    They got a lot of breaks.

  • JJ Jones

    To be fair nobody shot well in game 7 except derek fisher. Artest shot 6-15 not anything too amazing. Not to mention that kobe got knee surgery after the finals for a reason.

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