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OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni

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OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#1 » by moocow007 » Wed May 22, 2013 5:23 pm

Apparently when Mitch Kupchak called Phil Jackson to let him know that the Lakers felt Mike D'Antoni was the best choice for that team, Phil's first reaction was "laughing".

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/stor ... re-laughed

Also bits about whether he will coach again (Phil said "no") and whether anyone believes him. SAS and Bayless (and Eddie House? lol) chime in.
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#2 » by Ron Mexico » Wed May 22, 2013 5:42 pm

I would pay money to hear a recording of that part of their conversation.
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#3 » by seren » Wed May 22, 2013 5:44 pm

it is a laughable statement. i don't know what the lakers management was thinking.
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#4 » by Knick4Real » Wed May 22, 2013 7:08 pm

I laughed too! :lol:
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#5 » by Clyde_Style » Wed May 22, 2013 7:21 pm

and Jerry Buss rolled over in his grave
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#6 » by KobeDwightPau » Wed May 22, 2013 7:23 pm

funny how a lot of posters said exactly this after the news of dantoni
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#7 » by boomann21 » Wed May 22, 2013 7:33 pm

I think the whole Knicks realgm board laughed in unison.
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#8 » by duetta » Wed May 22, 2013 7:48 pm

Hard to figure how Mike D'Antoni got another prime gig at serious money after being exposed here in New York, but I guess people are little nutty on the Left Coast.
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#9 » by Clyde_Style » Wed May 22, 2013 7:57 pm

duetta wrote:Hard to figure how Mike D'Antoni got another prime gig at serious money after being exposed here in New York, but I guess people are little nutty on the Left Coast.


Mike was chosen after the Lakers brass consulted a Ouiji Board.
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#10 » by I_Love_NYK » Wed May 22, 2013 8:14 pm

Phil was on Mike and Mike and said that with Gasol and Dwight Howard D'Antoni is not the coach for that team. If he was coach he would have run a similair offense to Bynum and Gasol and play inside-out. He mentioned it did cross his mind when Mike Brown got fired. Then he got a call from Mitch Kupchak saying they decided to hire Mike D'Antoni.
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#11 » by Invictus » Wed May 22, 2013 8:36 pm

it's comical and amusing
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#12 » by nyshakespeare » Wed May 22, 2013 9:00 pm

It's going to be a double whammy if they lose Howard because of 'Antoni.
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#13 » by kosmovitelli » Wed May 22, 2013 9:14 pm

The laughing part is fine but the rest of the article is pretty interesting. Especially that comment : "They wanted to move to a quicker, 3-point-oriented game, which is kind of the rage right now in the NBA". Totally agree with Phil. Back to the basics !

"I think it didn't happen because there was some concern, How are we going to move in the right direction for this ballclub?" Jackson said. "When Mitch gave me the call close to midnight on Sunday night right before I was going to give them an answer Monday morning and said, 'We've made a choice. We're going to hire Mike D'Antoni. We think he's the best coach for this group of guys,' My answer was, 'For Steve Nash, yes, I agree, but for Dwight Howard, I'm not so sure.'

"In the process of thinking about how they could best use the team I think they thought first and foremost about Steve Nash and how Steve Nash was going to fit inside of an offensive system that I coach. ... I think that was a concern for them."

D'Antoni's up-tempo style had worked well in Phoenix with Nash as the point guard, and there was a feeling that reuniting the two would create another version of "Showtime" in Los Angeles. But Jackson felt that the Lakers could win by focusing on their talented big men rather than forcing them to run and shoot from the outside.

"They wanted to move to a quicker, 3-point-oriented game, which is kind of the rage right now in the NBA," Jackson said. "I felt like with Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard we could emulate a lot of what we did with Andrew Bynum and Pau and pound the ball inside and have an interior game that was strong. But it was their choice, and that's all right with me.

"It was OK with me if that's what they wanted to do. In fact, there was a little part of me that felt relief in not having to strap it up and make the decision and get on the road. I think it was only five games into the year, so we still had 77 games left to go in that season."
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#14 » by Clyde_Style » Wed May 22, 2013 9:19 pm

Nash is their Kidd. They are an older club too. Running and gunning? What nuts.
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#15 » by Dr. Detfink » Wed May 22, 2013 9:43 pm

The Suns were a 3-ring circus that had young, athletic players. LA has aging vets who no longer have that kind of conditioning (with a short bench) to handle run/gun. That includes Nash who looked mortal. How many rings with Mike? None. Trips to the Finals? Yea....

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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#16 » by ITGM » Wed May 22, 2013 9:59 pm

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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#17 » by GettinitDone » Wed May 22, 2013 10:04 pm

Ron Mexico wrote:I would pay money to hear a recording of that part of their conversation.


Could be a Youtube classic :lol:
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#18 » by Shemy » Thu May 23, 2013 4:02 am

Mike D was beyond dumb for taking the job too, in his mind even with nash I dont think how he couldve seen himself as a great fit, the clips wouldve been a much much much better job that he shouldve waited for
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#19 » by Red Vines » Thu May 23, 2013 4:05 am

nyshakespeare wrote:It's going to be a double whammy if they lose Howard because of 'Antoni.


They will.
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Re: OT: Phil Jackson laughed off Lakers GM...RE: D'Antoni 

Post#20 » by JayKnicKz11 » Thu May 23, 2013 3:19 pm

Red Vines wrote:
nyshakespeare wrote:It's going to be a double whammy if they lose Howard because of 'Antoni.


They will.

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