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Video: Does Mike D’Antoni’s system fit with Lakers roster?

Nov 13, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

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Donny Marshall, former NBA player and current Comcast Sportsnet New England analyst, was on NBC Sports Network’s “Sports Talk” and is not sold that Mike D’Antoni’s system is best for the Lakers — normally the two-guard is just a space-the-floor shooter in his system and that is not going to keep Kobe Bryant happy. He wonders how much the Lakers veterans will want to run.

My question is how much is D’Antoni willing to modify his system to fit his personnel — he could be hard-headed in New York about it, but these Lakers need to be more 15 seconds or less. I do think D’Antoni will get a buy in from Kobe in a way he did not from Carmelo Anthony. Watching the Lakers the last couple games under Bernie Bickerstaff, you realize this team moves the rock, they are not ball stoppers.


  1. manchestermiracle - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Why does everyone think a coach (in the NBA, no less) is only one-dimensional? I’m sure D’Antoni is flexible enough to find an offense that will play to his players’ strengths. All anyone has to do is look at what Brown tried (and failed) to do on offense to know that path is a dead end. Give the guy a chance to show what he can do.

    • doctorfootball - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      If you watched D’antoni in New York, you’d know that flexibility is not one of his strengths. Not saying he can’t or hasn’t changed, though he was anything but flexible with the Knicks.

      • mytthor - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:46 AM

        New York is a bad example; D’Antoni couldn’t just make some adjustments, the team was totally counter to his system. Kobe is great at moving without the ball and he’s got a brilliant point guard handling the ball when Nash gets back, Pau is good at creating spacing and moving without the ball – he’s no worse a 3 point shooter than Shawn Marion was.

    • letangusespertplus - Nov 14, 2012 at 5:51 AM

      This is such a stupid reply. First you claim D’Antoni is flexible because he is an NBA when doctorfootball points out the obvious situation with the Knicks. Then in the very next sentence you give another bad example of Mike Brown not being flexible. Give the guy a chance? Mike Brown did just as well as Phil Jackson with the same roster and he got 5 games. You trying to convince us or yourself that D’Antoni is any better?

  2. 24thesho - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Did the “Princeton Offense” fit them…..? That’s like asking, would you like the beige station wagon with the wood paneling on the doors, or, would you prefer the ’68 Jag with the blue silver finish for this track?” It’s L.A.! WTH do you think?!

  3. moseskkim - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Having a more efficient offense (less turnovers etc.) will lead to better defense. Though it’s early in the season, lakers averaging most TOs. And it’s not like d’antoni and his staff and all star players don’t know/forget defense. Would’ve preferred Jackson but nash, Howard/gasol pick n rolls are gonna be sickk

  4. badintent - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Kobe not happy ?

  5. j0esixpack - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    I’m with those who say give him a chance. New York and LA are two different situations with different players and different skills.

    He might not be the best coach in the NBA but he’s no idiot either

    The players clearly want to win as well. If they’re smart they’ll take some direction and if he’s smart he will adapt to their skills and limitations.

    Any coach who has studied the great coaches in any sport knows that the key is balancing your system with the abilities of your players

  6. davidly - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    They should just give the ball to Nash and let him run a Run&Shoot type of offense, making decisions based on what he’s given. This would lead to seven seconds or less sometimes, and twenty-four seconds or less other times.

    One way or another they’re gonna hafta sacrifice either starters minutes, or wins–playoffs (homecourt) or legs (knees/back).

  7. dysraw1 - Nov 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    ive never been a person to blatantly disrespect anyone,however when coach D’antoni got to new york he almost immediately earn the title Dick D’antoni. for numerous reasons. now im not saying that he won’t be good with the lakers,i just know he was a straight up dick during his time in NY.

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