Report: Kobe Bryant didn't tell Mike D'Antoni that he was going to Germany
It's no secret Kobe Bryant and former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D' Antoni didn't have the best basketball relationship. D'Antoni and. Kobe Bryant once considered Mike D'Antoni both a childhood idol when the Lakers went beyond having a positive relationship with Bryant. Kobe Bryant and Mike D'Antoni have had an interesting relationship. Kobe idolized D'Antoni when Mike played in Italy professionally, where.
Bryant believed it was okay if the locker room was chippy. D'Antoni said that chemistry-building was overrated if the team played with maximum effort. The team was lacking continuity with the projected starting lineup at the beginning of the season having played just minutes together, primarily due to injuries. Things got so bad, D'Antoni moved him off the perimeter on defense and had him guard power forwards instead. Gasol returned after missing five games, coming off the bench in his first game back before returning to the starting lineup.
Calling it a permanent move, D'Antoni had benched Gasol in the game and started Earl Clark to form the faster and smaller lineup that the coach preferred. Howard's back surgery was still affecting his conditioning, and he struggled with Nash to run the pick and rolla play that D'Antoni expected would be a staple for the team.
In their first game of the second half, the Lakers lost —93 to Memphis. Los Angeles was four games behind eighth-place Portland, but only three games ahead of last-place Phoenix and New Orleans.
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The system is move the ball, play hard defense, space the floor and who's open shoots. It's not a difficult thing", said D'Antoni.
He missed a triple-double in each game with nine rebounds twice and eight in the other. Los Angeles finished January winless in seven games on the road, the first time in franchise history they finished a calendar month 0—7 or worse. Playing without Howard, Gasol returned to the starting lineup and the Lakers won the next two games, their first road wins in despite blowing double-digit leads in the four games since Phoenix.
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The Lakers were tied at the half and trailed the Heat by only five entering the final period, but committed eight turnovers in the final 10 minutes. During the break, Howard committed to having a better second half. An avid candy lover, Howard adopted a healthier diet to get into better shape to anchor the Lakers' defense and run D'Antoni's preferred pick and rolls.
D'Antoni predicted that Lakers needed at least 45 wins to qualify for the playoffs, requiring them to finish 20—8. Their mediocre three-point shooting resulted in an increase in long rebounds, and they were among the worst in the league in turnovers and last in points allowed per game off turnovers. Bryant was named Western Conference player of the month after averaging On March 3, the Lakers won 99—98 against a quality opponent in the Atlanta Hawksand they reached.
They blew a point lead in the second half, but Bryant scored the Lakers' final six points, including the game-winner with nine seconds left in the game. There were four lead changes in the final minute. The Lakers fell to 10—20 on the road and 2—13 against the top five teams in the Western Conference. It was the first time they owned sole possession of a top-8 spot since December 1, and the first time they were two games above. It was only the second time Los Angeles had won four straight all season.
Booed throughout the game, Howard made of free throws, setting Lakers records for free throws made and attempted while tying his NBA record for attempts.
He was declared out indefinitely after landing on the Hawks' Dahntay Jones ' foot. The Lakers went 1—1, failing to win back-to-back games again after losing the second night at Phoenix. That's just because D'Antoni hasn't won any championships.
To be honest with you, in all years I've been with Phil Jackson we've maybe done three defensive drills. I'm not understating it at all. His philosophy was always, 'You guys need to figure it out on your own,' and that's what made him a phenominal coach, is that he was able to sit back and trust the process, trust the players to communicate with each other. That's when a team is at its best, and as a result we've had some great defensive teams.
But we have to hold each other accountable.
Kobe Bryant on the D'Antoni Hiring
Your browser does not support iframes. On if there's any disappointment about it not being Phil, even though he loves D'Antoni: Obviously there's always going to be a little bit, because Phil and I have gone back since I was 20 years old and everything that he's taught me and so forth. There's a little bit of that, but at the same time, I'm very excited for Coach D.
And I know Phil is going to enjoy his retirement and looking to get back in the game, although probably not in a coaching standpoint, but a managerial role or something like that. On if heard how the hiring went down, and how D'Antoni was his No.
No, I mean, it's kind of a waste of time for me at this point. What good is that going to do for me. It does nothing for me. But I spoke with Mitch KupchakI spoke with Jimmy Buss before everything went down, we spoke about some of the coaching candidates and stuff, and to be honest, I said D'Antoni was my first choice.
I didn't know Phil was going to be an option, and then Jimmy was the one that brought up Phil's name. I said, 'I didn't know that was a consideration,' and they said, 'Well, it is, and I want to know how you feel about it. So they knew my two guys that I liked and if one didn't work out obviously with Phil, they knew they had my approval to pull the trigger on the other one.
On if he appreciated being consulted: Our relationship has been much more open and much more fluid. On why D'Antoni was his first choice: I've been around him quite a bit, I've obviously played against his teams for a number of years, I know his philosophy, I know what he stands for and I know how competitive he is.
He's a feisty, feisty dude, man. On if he followed D'Antoni's career in Italy: I followed it quite a bit, he was right there when I was growing up during that entire era when he was playing in Milan.Lakers Vs Raptors: Mike D'Antoni On Kobe's Return, Pau Gasol's Struggles
He was just feisty. He was tough, a tenacious guard that made great plays. He's probably the greatest guard to ever play over there. Growing up I tried to watch and learn from so many basketball players, all the top ones, and he certainly was a top one.
He was a player that I admired growing up. On how quickly L.