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Quote of the Day: D’Antoni on “We want Phil” chants

Apr 3, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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“He’s only won 58 rings. Why wouldn’t they?”

—Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, when asked what he thought of Lakers fans chanting “we want Phil” when Phil Jackson spoke at Shaquille O’Neal’s number retirement at Staples Center Tuesday night.

The ovation and chant for Jackson was as loud as anything in Staples Center all night long and several players said they could hear the chants in the locker room during halftime.

Which would seem awkard for D’Antoni — Jim Buss essentially blew off Jackson to hire D’Antoni — but frankly he’s been living in that shadow since he got to Los Angeles. He knows how the fans feel. He’s not stupid. And Jackson’s presence isn’t going to change what D’Antoni does — the guy was the coach of the Knicks, this isn’t his first time feeling pressure from fans.

  1. lakerluver - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Phil is not coming back. At least, I don’t think he is. However, if the LAKERS decide to fire D’Antoni, they should hire Phil’s protege, Brian Shaw.

  2. ihavenonickname - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    oh cool, cuz things worked out great for D’antoni in NYC. Why did we hire this guy again?

  3. thelakeshow562 - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM


  4. cranespy - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Love Mike but this is a sinking ship…….why not jump ship and throw the hat in the ring for the Fla Gulf Coast job!

    • badintent - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      You mean Rugters, right ?

  5. stadix093 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I was at the game and I can say without a doubt, that the loudest it was all night was when Phil stepped to the microphone.

  6. aldavis4president - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Mike NOd’antoni is a horrible coach..amare said while in phoenix they rarely went defensive strategy. Having 4 people stand and the 3pt line and Jack up 3s all night isn’t exactly coaching. As a kobe fan there’s nothing I want to see more than Kobe get his 6 rings but I know as long as noDantoni is their it won’t happen. Having pau shoot corner 3s Lmao what a joke!!

    P.s. As a warrior fan I’m LOVING that the Lakers are garbage this season!! Hahahah!!! #WARRIORS!!

    • teambringitstrong - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      And seeing how the ‘garbage’ team beat up the Glorias two out of three times, what does that make the Glorias.

  7. aldavis4president - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Rarely went THROUGH defensive strategy****

  8. paulhargis53 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Jesus are you guys delusional. You really think they are going to pay 3 coaches at once? Wait, look at the audience I’m talking to….

  9. aboogy123456 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I think we need to give D’antoni a full season with training camp before judging him as a coach for the lakers. People are trashing him because he’s an easy target, but not enough people are giving him credit for how much he improved the offense from last season. Instead of guys watching kobe, the lakers are doing a good job of moving the ball and getting good looks. And last year they had bynum who is much more of an offensive threat than howard. Let’s be patient, a couple months ago we didn’t think he knew how to work Pau into the offense, and it looks like that has started to improve.

  10. adoombray - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    get d’antoni some 3 point shooting besides “hits em when you are like ‘oh crap please no’ but bricks em when you need it most, most of the time” MWP. Laker fans know what i’m talking about, that guy is the king of “NO NO NO YESSSSSSS”.

    Get D’antoni a couple of 40% 3 point shooters and preferably one of those dudes a stretch 4, and use “he really doesnt have a place with Howard there” Gasol to do it this summer, and they’re a 4 seed for the remainder of the contract. New York was the worst, but this roster is not even close to a D’antoni style and I think Jim Buss knows that and will go out and get who he needs to go out and get this summer. He will stack that deck because he’s gonna need a strong season to follow up the one he buried his Dad during

    • marcusfitzhugh - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      Get him 40% 3 point shooters from where? Have you seen the list of 40%+ shooters who average 15 or more points per game?

      Steph Curry
      OJ Mayo

      Which of those two are going to the Lakers for Gasol? None huh?

    • zxrated - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:29 AM

      The Lakers already have two 40+ % three point shooters:

      Steve Blake 43%
      Steve Nash 44%

      Darius Morris 38%
      Earl Clark 35%
      Jodie Meeks 37%
      Duhon 36%
      Metta 35%
      Jamison 35%

      Neither the Suns or the Knicks had more than three players shooting over 40% behind the arc during D’Antoni’s time as HC of those teams. 35% is a decent percent for the 3pt shot in the NBA.

      • marcusfitzhugh - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:20 AM

        Nash is averaging 12 points per game. Blake is averaging six. Maybe Adoombray thinks the Lakers will improve if Nash and Blake step behind the arc and start heaving shots.

        Maybe the Lakers should take ALL their shots from beyond the 3. The lakers average 81 shots per game this season. 81 times 44 percent, times 3 points. Wow, the Lakeshow could increase their 102 PPG average to 107. Just what they need – a 5 point spike. I think that should be their approach in the first round. It would certainly surprise the opponent. Ratings would spike too. For the second round maybe someone could juggle cats during timeouts.

  11. lakerluver - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    A Warriors fan cracking on the LAKERS, the NBA’s greatest franchise?? How rich…..Exactly when was the Warriors last title? Most of us on here probably weren’t even born yet. Or were in diapers.

  12. ragingmouse - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Classless fans…

    Enough said.

  13. nlruizjr - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    The Lakers have to run the table on the last 7 games, even to have a chance to make the playoffs, you think the Jazz don’t know that, so the Lakers should start rebuilding for next season during this off season, hand Dumbtoni his walking papers, unless they want to make Brown and DumbtonI assistant coaches next season and if Jeannie and the rest of the Buss clan can give Jimmy Boy his walking papers along with Mitch, get PJ to take Mitches position, bring in West to help PJ manage the team, find a good coach and add more youth and talent. Then the Lakers will be back but if they just plan on using the same cast of players for next season, they will get the same results- NO PlayOffs !!!!!

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