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Reaction from ‘Melo, Lakers players to D’Antoni hiring

Nov 12, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

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And the reactions are pouring in to the Lakers hiring of Mike D’Antoni… except from Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant. You know, the two guys you most want to hear from.

Neither of them spoke to the media today. Nash because he got treatment on his injured leg and left the Lakers facilities before media was let into team practice.

But Kobe had a way better excuse — he was using his private helicopter to take Steve Blake to a specialist in Orange County to get an ultrasound on Blake’s strained abdomen. Seriously. Blake was riding shotgun in Kobe’s copter.

So how about some other guys…

Carmelo Anthony — the Knick that was the thorn in D’Antoni’s side — said all the politically correct things about D’Antoni to

“I knew he was trying to take some time off and get healthy and things like that,” he said. “I was with him this summer. He didn’t really know what was going to happen as far as getting a job this year or next year.

“Obviously it worked out this summer with him and Kobe. Maybe they had something under the table, I don’t know. But it’ll be fun. I know Kobe’s excited about that, so we’ll see what happens.”

As for the Lakers who did speak to the media it was all puppy dogs and rainbows. Everybody was happy. Not sure what else you expect — if you want minutes you don’t slam the coach on the way in the door.

Dwight Howard addressed the defensive concerns. (via the Lakers twitter account):

“You’ve got guys on this team that love to play D & he’s an offensive coach. We’ll find a balance… it’ll be great.”

Antawn Jamison spoke on the Phil vs. D’Antoni talk.

“You can’t go wrong either way. The fans wanted Phil. But Mike has a good resume, a great offense and he will let us play freely,”

Metta World Peace talked three-pointers (after going 4-of-8 from deep Sunday against the Kings. He also said he’d lock down the defense with Howard.

“I think it’s a great system. Lotta open 3s.”

Finally, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak also released another statement on how the team came to its decision.

“After speaking with several excellent and well-respected coaching candidates, Dr. Buss, Jim and I all agreed that Mike (D’Antoni) was the right person at this time to lead the Lakers forward. Knowing his style of play and given the current make-up of our roster, we feel Mike is a great fit, are excited to have him as our next head coach.”

  1. bucs24 - Nov 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    So when D12 leaves after season, cause he wanted Phill and didn’t get what he wanted good job Flakers

    • tsi431 - Nov 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      So based on your comment, D12 knew Mike Brown would be fired this season and Jackson was going to replace him? Your logic is flawed.

    • paleihe - Nov 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      So you think he’d walk away from 20 million or so cause he didn’t get the coach he wanted? Not likely.

  2. djjackson81 - Nov 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    I bet Howard signs again and the Lakeshow will love D Antoni

  3. clickablecontent - Nov 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    It is a great fit. If Nash is the QB, distributing the ball, a coach and system he’s familiar with makes a lot of sense. With injuries at point guard and stars not playing defense in New York, the treatment D’Antoni got in New York was a shame.

  4. money2long - Nov 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    yall thought kobe could score before…..

  5. glink123 - Nov 12, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    last I checked, its the same lazy players that just went 1-4 to open the season. quitters.

  6. granadafan - Nov 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Good to see Melo taking the high road. Melo received a lot of well-deserved grief after his blow up last year with D’Antoni. The Knicks went on a great run with Jeremy Lin while Melo was hurt. Funny how they started losing once Melo came back and started hogging the ball.

  7. progress2011 - Nov 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Lot’s of shooting….But the coach has never been a defensive minded coach !

    So when the starters go to the bench (cause they are old and injury riddled )….they will have poor scoring and STILL NO D !!!!

    Ya’ll gonna get ran outta the gym ! ahahahah

    • loungefly74 - Nov 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      we will see progress. so…what is the bar? is it title or bust for you? i know thats what the fans want…

  8. ckinthekc99 - Nov 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    1% chance Howard doesn’t resign with the Lakers

  9. mashoaf - Nov 12, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    When Kobe gets to 100, do you think he will get the next night off?

  10. timb12 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    The Lakers don’t have the players to run D’Antoni’s system. I remember that being a pretty big complaint in New York. The Lakers are still stacked on 2k13 though.

  11. 00maltliquor - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:40 AM

    Kobe and his private helicopter!? Wow…like a BOSS!

  12. fanz928 - Nov 13, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    He’s a good coach we never gets over 1 hof caliber players on his team, now he has the tools let’s see what he can do

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