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Mike D’Antoni says he will coach Lakers Tuesday night

Nov 20, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni announces he is unable to coach his new team against the Rockets, due to recovery from a knee operation, in Los Angeles Reuters

No, this time he really means it.

Mike D’Antoni told reporters Tuesday that he will be on the sidelines for the first time as Lakers coach this Tuesday night when they take on the Brooklyn Nets. He said he got 12 hours sleep last night and thought the adrenaline would carry him through the game. Which sounds like something Metta World Peace would say, but we’ll let it slide.

D’Antoni has been the official Lakers coach for the past two games, taking over for the fired Mike Brown, but following knee replacement surgery less than a month ago he had concerns about his energy level and mobility (you don’t want to get run over by a player while standing on the sidelines, for example).

He sat the last couple games out while Bernie Bickerstaff coached the team and tried to implement some of D’Antoni’s offense. And the Lakers went 2-0 and scored 114 and 119 points in the wins.

But that was against much less formidable competition than the 6-2 Nets.

The Bernie Bickerstaff era with the Lakers comes to an end with him 4-1. A better Lakers coach winning percentage than Phil Jackson or Pat Riley, if he ever wants to rub that in their faces.

  1. misterdreamer119 - Nov 20, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    7 seconds or less is how dantoni makes love!

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Ugh. Too much information. How in the blue blazes did you know about that?

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:48 PM

        On second thought, please don’t answer the question.

  2. thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 20, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Suns fans: U JELLY?

    • dannymac17 - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      Why would they be Jelly? He was a failure there and a failure in NY and more than likely will fail as the Lakers coach.

      Clippers on the other hand are not Jelly of anything Laker related.

      • thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Failure is a very strong word, especially when it comes to his time in Phoenix. He did lead them to two western conference titles and is arguably one hip-check away from the Finals and likely championship. (Not to mention ownerships’ handling of Joe Johnson, letting Amare walk after going 7 games with the Lakers, etc.) To use the word failure is extreme in my opinion. No, he didn’t achieve the ultimate goal, but considering where that team has been and where they are currently going, I would say his time in AZ was a sucess.

      • dannymac17 - Nov 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        To assume the Suns would have won a championship had they made it is like saying I almost made the NBA when i infact didnt.

        If If’s were Fifths.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        @thebigcaptain2011: Agreed. However, he did not lead them to two western conference TITLES but rather to two western conference finals APPEARANCES.

      • thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        @Foul, that is what I meant. I tried to make two points simultaneously (The Suns having the best record twice and reaching the conference finals twice).

  3. phreakin - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Suns fans are jelly but Lakers fans will soon see why his system is flawed. He runs the starters into the ground and won’t play a bench. Good thing for the Lakers though since they don’t have one.

    • thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      You make very valid points. Let me be clear in saying that I am neither a Lakers fan nor a D’ Antoni supporter. With that said he has never had a defensive presence like Mr. Howard nor EVER had a player at the level Kobe is, even if he is 85 with two bad knees. The system is flawed but systems don’t win titles. Players do.

      • dannymac17 - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        Systems dont win titles?

        Phil Jackson begs to differ.

      • thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        No, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal would differ. Let’s see…that’s the greatest player, a top-50 player, a top-10 player and a top-10 center/ most dominant player of his era. I’m not part of the crowd that thinks Phil is only seen as a great coach because he won with great players, but let’s not sit up here and act like he could make the Bobcats a playoff team, ok?

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        @thebigcaptain2011: Point taken. But you could also spin it as this: When other coaches couldn’t take these stars to the Promise Land, PJ did.

      • thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        Ok, fair enough. How long did those coaches have before they were replaced by Phil. Teams with new parts take time to gel…..In the two previous instances (replacing Doug in Chicago and Del in L.A.) there were a lot of moving parts in those teams and Phil’s signing would come shortly after things have been settled. I’m not saying he isn’t a great coach, I’m just saying that let’s not act like he turned water into wine (Tim Tebow does that).

      • dannymac17 - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        Actually, as it stands, the Bobcats ARE a playoff team if you want to be picky, but lets not crap on them to the point that Phil Jackson wouldnt make them at least more competitive than they were in seasons past.

      • phreakin - Dec 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        As I said, they will find out why his system is flawed. And why depending on a VERY old Steve Nash to lead them to the promise land is a bad idea

  4. florida727 - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    “D’Antoni to coach Lakers tonight”

    They’re screwed!

    Just kidding :) I think this might play out to be a really good decision for them. I know everyone wanted Phil to come back, but this guy might prove to be a better long-term choice. Good luck Lakers fans. It’ll be fun to watch what changes he implements, especially early-on. Hope the players buy in. The league is always better off when the Lakers challenge for the title (just like they are when the Celtics, Bulls, Heat, etc. do).

  5. lakerluver - Nov 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Now all we need is Nash aka “The Godfather”.

  6. loungefly74 - Nov 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    alright…it’s SHOWTIME!

  7. misterdreamer119 - Nov 20, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    All we need is Nash aka ” the GRANDfather”!

  8. paulhargis53 - Nov 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    l knew once lakerslurper saw jelly on here he’d respond. Sorry dummy, they are talking about being jealous(why?) not ky jelly. Put your 1/2 pack of rolaids away, you savage!

    • bozosforall - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      Look, it is Pudhummer again…craving some Rolaids because that makes the sewing needle between his legs rigid with anticipation. Also makes the inside of his mouth become coated with a curious white residue, which he also enjoys.

  9. yousuxxors - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    As a knick i would d’atoni never got a shot. He was promised players to build around his system and once they started getting them they traded them all away for melo … A player he never wanted. I never liked the hire but he disnt get a punchers chance. To be fair … The suns had to deal with the lakers and spurs every year … Not many teams got out of the west during the past decade. He is one player manager though.

  10. yousuxxors - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Bad

  11. paulhargis53 - Nov 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    bozo/lakerluver: Have you ever had an orginal thought in your life? Once again copying what I say to you?

    You’re such a felcher.

    How in the hell you managed to be a laughingstock under 2 screen names is beyond me. But you’ve certainly done it.

    I hear you won’t be online for awhile, you’re going in for surgery on your prolapsed anus. You should let the other guys be the bottom every once in awhile .

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