Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Heck no. This team will be a lot better on the offensive end with D'Antoni. In the end it will come down to how much improvement they make on the defensive side of the court and whether they get any real production off the bench.
Phil would have been a better fit but we have no way of knowing how many demands he made.
If Phil was all in, he would have been a no-brainer. I'm just not entirely convinced that was the case. He coached much of 2011 with seemingly one foot out of the door, and I don't know if his desire has returned. You'd think that the ability to coach this talent would re-energize him, but who knows. At this point there are only a few people who know what went down between the demands and Phil's desire. I wouldn't have been okay with Phil taking certain road games off or making personnel decisions, which was rumored. We all wanted the version of Phil from 2008, but I'm not sure that guy was available. Still disappointed it didn't work out though.
That said, D'Antoni was my 2nd choice. The hiring has Jerry Buss' fingerprints all over it. He's always not only wanted to win, but wanted Laker games to be an "event" that's high on entertainment value. I have my concerns regarding D'Antoni, but his ability to make this historic roster entertaining is definitely not one of them.
This team needed a coach who knows how to get the f**k out of the way and let talented players do their thing. D'Antoni is that guy. I just hope we bring in a defensive assistant that has gravitas. Nate McMillan has been rumored, and would be a solid choice.