HoopsHype Mike D'Antoni rumors

March 2, 2014 Updates

Q: Did you ever get complete clarity on whose decision it was to back out of what seemed like an agreement (when the Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni in Nov. 2012 after it appeared Jackson was returning)? A: You know, it was something that has bounced from spot to spot. When I left (the interview), Jimmy was pretty happy about it and Mitch was still saying, "We're going to keep interviewing people," and I think the ultimate (decision) kind of rested with Dr. Buss and he made the decision in the hospital the day after. I haven't chosen to bite on that. I've just let that go. I'm real comfortable with it. I don't have any trouble. I think Jesus could probably coach this team pretty well, but outside of him maybe Mohammed, maybe Gandhi, someone like that. Q: Maybe Liu Bang, the Chinese emperor who you once said would be a good coach? A: Yeah. (Laughs.) USA Today Sports

Pau Gasol: "I'm a happy guy who likes peace. I don't want problems with anybody. I don't know why my comments have offended Mike D'Antoni. You would have to ask him (...) My comments, minutes after a painful defeat in Indianapolis, have been taken out of context. I don't want to kill any messenger, but I would like to explain myself. Marca.com

Gasol: "I talked about my team, the Lakers, that we lack discipline. And this word can be interpreted in many ways. (...) Yes, I claimed that the Lakers miss some structure, (...) we need to have a defined style of play." Marca.com

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Dave McMenamin: After D'Antoni was peppered w/ Pau questions he told us media: "I have a root canal canal scheduled next week, doesn't seem so bad now" Twitter @mcten

Gasol called for more discipline, presumably from D'Antoni, saying there were too many "individual actions" right now. Eleven of the Lakers' 15 players are in the final year of their contracts, a big problem on a losing team, no? "Probably. That's part of it," Gasol said. "But that's why you have to be disciplined and implement discipline. That's how you kind of make that better or make that not a factor. I don't think there's a lot of discipline right now." Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant is a natural disciplinarian but isn't with the team while recovering from a fractured knee. Gasol suggested it was D'Antoni's job without actually mentioning him. "I wouldn't put that responsibility on [Bryant]. He's frustrated with his situation and his injuries," Gasol said. "I don't think he has to be the one implementing the discipline." Los Angeles Times

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Hill, 26, has never been a favorite of Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni and struggled to find minutes in his system. It is doubtful that Hill would re-sign with the Lakers as a free agent this summer with D'Antoni still the coach, sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

February 6, 2014 Updates

The outcome of the Los Angeles Lakers' 119-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday will not matter in the long run -- both teams were a lousy 16-32 coming into the game -- but it will become a night to remember another way. It was the moment many people in the basketball world first became aware of Rule No. 3, Section I, Part A of the NBA's rulebook. "Each team shall consist of five players. No team shall be reduced to less than five players. If a player in the game receives his sixth personal foul and all substitutes have already been disqualified, said player shall remain in the game and shall be charged with a personal and team foul. A technical foul also shall be assessed against his team. All subsequent personal fouls, including offensive fouls, shall be treated similarly. All players who have six or more personal fouls and remain in the game shall be treated similarly." ESPN.com

Did coach Mike D'Antoni know what was going to happen when Sacre picked up his sixth foul? "Yeah …," D'Antoni said with his voice trailing off and his eyes letting reporters know he wasn't being truthful. "Not really. But it’s a nice rule." "I never knew when you fouled out, you could go back in," 11-year veteran Chris Kaman said. "I never knew that was a rule. So, I had my shoes untied and I was like lying down on the bench because we had like a really long bench. There was like 30 feet of extra space." ESPN.com

January 29, 2014 Updates

Magic Johnson torched his favorite team again, telling "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno on Monday night that the Lakers were in a bind largely because they had hired Coach Mike D'Antoni instead of Phil Jackson early last season. "He don't teach defense," Johnson said. "I can't stand to watch the Lakers play because the same play happens every single time on the Lakers — pick and roll and the guard goes all the way in for a layup. "What are we, 40-something games into the season? The teams run the same play on us. We haven't stopped it yet. Uh, duh." Los Angeles Times

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