The Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni to run the show. http://cbsprt.co/LakersHire
Are you surprised it wasn't Phil Jackson?
Are you surprised it wasn't Phil Jackson?
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- Try refuting this fact about the Detroit Pistons because I know (for sure) now that you didn't follow their team in 2004 and prior.
Here's the breakdown between 2003 season and 2004 seasons of the Pistons.
2003 under Rick Carlisle:
#1 seed in the entire Eastern Conference. (50 wins)
#4 Defensive Rating (based on basketball-reference)
#1 in Opponents Points Allowed (87.7 per game)
Lost in the Eastern Conference Finals
2004 under Larry Brown:
#3 seed in the entire Eastern Conference (54 wins)
#2 Defensive Rating (based on basketball-reference)
#2 in Opponents Points Allowed (84.3 per game)
Won NBA Finals.
Note: After Rasheed Wallace trade, the Pistons had two separate 8 game winning streaks to end the season.
Note: 2004 Pistons held their opponents lower than 70 points ELEVEN times that season. EIGHT of those times occurred after they acquired Rasheed Wallace. Coincidence?
Note: 2004 Pistons allowed opposing teams to score over 90 points 24 times in 2004. During Wallace's 22 games with the Pistons that year, it only occurred twice. In 23 games in the playoffs, they only allowed it 5 times but 2 of them were Overtime games.
Just do a google research, seriously. Rip Hamilton dropped 18 and 20 points per game before he even wore a Pistons jersey. He was already well-known for his shooting abilities around the league. But wait, he was playing for the non-factor Wizards during his first 3 years How did casual fans know him? I will let you answer that one.
Larry Brown is a great coach with insane amount of experience. But the Pistons were top 5 in defense before and after he coached the team. Not sure why you attribute so much credit to Larry Brown when the evidence and statistics says otherwise.
Based on the sequence of events, it is very apparent that the Lakers management did not have much confidence in Mike Brown. When they hired Mike Brown last year, a lot of the other good coaches were not available. D'Antoni was still coaching the Knicks. Nate McMillan was still coaching the Blazers.
If you watched the games, a lot of the errors during the series against the Thunder were committed by Kobe Bryant. It was very disappointing to see our best player make so many mental errors consecutively. However, the Lakers had no shot at beating the Thunder considering they had the home court advantage and the better team.
You really need to stop just watching the games and analyze some statistics. Also, stop claiming to know certain facts about players, coaches and teams. Your theory that Larry Brown was somehow the sole reason that the Pistons were dominant on defense (just for the 2004 season) just went down the drain. Sorry, buddy.Nov 13, 2012
- Also, you know Lamar Odom personally or something? Odom had every right to be upset after he was blindsided by the Lakers for including him in a 3 team deal for Chris Paul. And people knew that he was going to "pout" when the trade didn't go through? Well, nobody knew that the trade was going to be vetoed by the commissioner. A little confused with your vocabulary and your theory about Lamar Odom.
The 3 way deal for Chris Paul was a genius attempt at improving the Lakers long-term success and financial flexibility. It didn't work out. Odom and Gasol were probably both upset. Odom's contract had only one year left so the Lakers decided to dump the salary and acquire a first round pick (in hope of using it in a future trade for a superstar). It was a perplexing move to just dump Odom for nothing since they were title contenders a season before but it was understandable long-term if we assumed that the Lakers had other plans for the draft pick.Nov 13, 2012
- "You really need to stop just watching the games and analyze some statistics."
LMFAO spoken like a true moron that doesn't watch the games.
2002-2003 13th in opposing FG%
2003-2004 3rd in opposing FG %
"to know certain facts about players, coaches and teams. Your theory that Larry Brown was somehow the sole reason that the Pistons were dominant on defense (just for the 2004 season) just went down the drain. Sorry, buddy."
Right, because the real reason they played good defense in their championship run is that in the 80s they were also known as a hard nosed defensive team, and that flowed a decade later into the new players SMH.
Still trying to stop laughing at your theory that Mike Brown was a "stop gap" coach. A stop gap coach in the last few years of Kobe Bryant being on the Lakers. Yep, makes sense. They only hired D'Antoni because he's a great coach, even though they just hired Mike Brown, who was a terrible coach both in LA and Cleveland. Yep, makes sense. If you're too stupid to realize that Mike Brown was a horrible hire by Buss Jr, and that anybody who installs the Princeton offense with that personnel is simply incompetent (which entirely refutes your idiotic theory that the Lakers only hire great coaches or whatever you're trying to say), you might be the dumbest person on the internet.
Dumping Odom has proven to be just fine, as he was so bad in Dallas that they ALSO dropped him from their roster, and has been out of shape and useless on the Clippers. It has nothing to do with knowing him personally, it has everything to do with having played enough basketball and having actually watched enough games to recognize what kind of a fragile personality he has. The same personality he's had since college. Try. Watching. Basketball.Nov 13, 2012
- "It has nothing to do with knowing him personally, it has everything to do with having played enough basketball and having actually watched enough games to recognize what kind of a fragile personality he has. The same personality he's had since college."
I know you like to avoid facts presented to you. But it's funny that you believe that somehow playing more basketball than someone else makes you more knowledgeable about the sport. Try asking Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas how that worked out for them.
As for Lamar Odom, he had superstar talent but ended up becoming a 2nd tier all-star level player with 2-titles and a career that spanned over a decade. Somehow, that's a fragile personality?
I only know Odom's basketball career but his short bio says his dad was a heroin addict while his mother died from cancer when he was 12. Afterwards, his grandmother raised him. Obviously, you don't know him and neither do I. But that little tid of information tells me he went through a lot of personal issues and yet he became widely successful in life by any social measure. That's definitely not what you call a "fragile personality." This would be a proper time to "shake my head."Nov 14, 2012
- Fun times to look back at what I said about Mike D'antoni versus what people who don't understand basketball said about Mike D'antoniMar 7, 2014
- Such an amazing coach!May 1, 2014