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Shannon Brown knows what Phil Jackson can do for the Knicks. The Knicks guard spent two-plus seasons playing for Jackson as a Laker and sees how the former Lakers and Bulls coach can intellectually challenge players. “I think if he did come this way, he’s got a lot of knowledge about the game of basketball and players, how to win,” said Brown, who had two stints with the Lakers, including one from 2009-11. “I think that’s one of the things that he’ll bring.
In the Los Angeles Lakers win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, coach Mike D'Antoni talks about Jodie Meeks' 42 point performance. Plus, D'Antoni explains why Kent Bazemore is to largely credit for the win. Join the Largest Lakers Fan Site in the World htt
CLEVELAND: The pressure is mounting again on the Cavaliers. Pressure to end this growing losing streak, pressure to play well against top competition and ultimately pressure to make the postseason. They’re running out of time on the last one because they haven’t figured out the first two. The last time the players felt this type of pressure, they appeared to shut down on the floor. The effort vanished in embarrassing defeats to the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers. Now Kyrie Irving is talking about the pressure returning, while coach Mike Brown is again questioning the effort level...
He will be getting paid anyway, so who better to coach a bad team?Some Lakers fans were undoubtedly hoping General Manager Mitch Kupchak would pull a Pat Haden and meet his embattled coach on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport late Thursday night before he could board the team plane and coach another game.
DENVER -- After suffering the most lopsided loss in the 67-year history of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise, coach Mike D'Antoni vowed for a change in Denver on Friday night. "I expect a whole different team," D'Antoni said of his Lakers. After giving up an average of 137 points in their last two home losses, turns out the only thing different about Friday was the venue. For yet another night, the Lakers' defense proved to be about as effective as a screen door on a submarine.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Before his Thunder days, Derek Fisher helped hold Kobe Bryant and the Lakers together
BY ANTHONY SLATERLeading up to the 2007-08 NBA season, Kobe Bryant had become a bit disenchanted with the Lakers organization. He publicly slammed the front office — even requesting a trade — and was booed by his home crowd on opening night. But by the end of 2008, the Lakers were again in harmony, on their way to a pair of NBA titles over the next two seasons. And in his tell-all book, legendary Lakers coach Phil Jackson said “probably the most important reason” for that turnaround was the re-signing of Derek Fisher. Now in his 18th season, Fisher has already announced it will be his...
The words seemed almost blasphemous. But they weren't, of course. Not this season.Before Friday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw described his team's impending
DENVER -- It was some 16 months ago when Mike D'Antoni gave his introductory news conference with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was admittedly still a little loopy from pain medicine following reconstructive knee surgery, but regardless, the coach jokingly addressed the biggest shortcoming -- at least reputation-wise -- on his resume right out of the gates. "Maybe he can put the 'D' back in my name," D'Antoni said of Dwight Howard. "That would be nice.
With his own team foundering at eight games below .500 entering Friday, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw hadn't spent much time preparing a "State of the Lakers Address.
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Some Lakers fans were undoubtedly hoping General Manager Mitch Kupchak would pull a Pat Haden and meet his embattled coach on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport late Thursday night before he could board the team plane and coach another game.
After the Los Angeles Lakers worst loss in team franchise history, D'Antoni on team morale, embarrassment, losing by 48 to the Clippers. Join the Largest Lakers Fan Site in the World http://LakersNation.com | Follow http://twitter.com/LakersNation | Beco
DENVER – There are few people on this earth who understand the inner workings of the Los Angeles Lakers -- both past and present -- as well as Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw. After having been a teammate of Kobe Bryant's for four seasons and an assistant coach on Phil Jackson's staff for an additional six, Shaw's decade of experience with the franchise makes him uniquely qualified to talk about the pair of Lakers legends. Shaw was not surprised to hear about Jackson's potentially being linked to a front-office job with the New York Knicks, as Jackson would offer up his thoughts on...
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- In an attempt to bust struggling Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall out of his slump, coach Mike D’Antoni said he will keep Marshall in the starting lineup when the Lakers host the Clippers on Thursday. After the Lakers’ 132-125 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, a game in which Jordan Farmar had 20 points and eight assists in 26 minutes while starting the second half at point guard over Marshall, D’Antoni said he was considering a lineup change, but ultimately decided to stand pat.
"In some ways they're a little similar to the Lakers," Blazers head coach Stotts said of the Hawks. "They shoot the three well, and they pass well and play together."
Blazers coach Terry Stotts went to Damian Lillard for the game-winner against the Lakers, but it didn't work. Who should have taken last shot?
"It's a disappointing loss," Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said after Monday's 107-106 loss to the Lakers. "We just weren't good enough tonight."
When the Lakers hired Coach Mike D'Antoni in November 2012, they made their decision soon after an interview with Phil Jackson.
Already lottery-bound at 20-39, Lakers face a rugged final stretch, with 19 games vs. West, nine against Spurs, Thunder, Clippers and Portland.Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni and assistant coach Kurt Rambis recently had a conversation that went something like this.
Last week, a mini-storm brewed in Los Angeles.Lakers star forward Pau Gasol publicly questioned his team's discipline after a loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Exactly what bothered Kings coach Michael Malone about Friday nights 126-122 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center? Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, left, of Spain, puts up a shot as Sacramento Kings forward Derrick Williams defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES -- A common refrain from Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni this season has been that if his team spent half the amount of energy caring about its defense as it cared about its offense, they could end up being a half-decent team. And even though D'Antoni's reputation in his decade-plus in the league with Denver, Phoenix, New York and now Los Angeles is that his mind works the same way -- prioritizing offense over defense -- the coach claimed when asked about his practice plans last week that 75 percent of the team sessions are spent on the defensive end.
The Kings plan to matchup with the Lakers and play a smaller lineup tonight at Staples center with DeMarcus Cousins suspended for the game. Kings coach Michael Malone has to adjust his starting lineup tonight at the Los Angeles Lakers because of DeMarcus Cousins’ one-game suspension. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins punched Houston’s Patrick Beverley in the stomach in the first quarter Tuesday night. The players have a history.
MEMPHIS -- Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't necessarily disagree with Pau Gasol. Yes, the Lakers' offense had too much one-on-one action Tuesday against Indiana.
MEMPHIS – Mike D’Antoni stomped his feet, swore loudly and threw his arms to the side as if he had just finished a jazz dance routine. As was the theme for most of Wednesday, the Lakers coach was not happy. The recipient of this tantrum was not...
MEMPHIS – Mike D’Antoni was able to absorb the jabs Pau Gasol threw at him through the media following the Lakers 118-98 loss Tuesday night in Indiana. The method by which they were delivered, however, were what upset the Lakers’ coach. Prior...
Gasol never mentions Coach Mike D'Antoni by name, but he cites a lack of discipline, too much one-on-one play and a questionable lineup choice.INDIANAPOLIS — The relationship between Pau Gasol and Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, an uneasy truce in recent months, took a turn for the worse Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES -- Pop quiz: How can a statistical line of five points, eight assists and one steal by a player be considered to be better than his previous game of 20, 16 and three? According to Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, it's pretty easy to find the answer. Just look to see if the stats came in a win or a loss. The stat lines just mentioned belong to Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall. The first set came in Friday's 101-92 win over the Boston Celtics, a game in which six Lakers scored in double digits and the team had some semblance of a normal rotation, with 10 healthy players...
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni unwittingly paraphrased an infamous quote from former Boston Celtics coach Rick Pitino before the current down-on-their-luck versions of the Lakers and Celtics tipped off Friday. "I would hope right now, we need a win," D'Antoni said when asked how much he thinks about the long-standing rivalry between the two teams. "I don't care who walks into the arena." Just like Pitino said Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish were "not walking through that door," a championship version of the Celtics didn't come into Staples Center on Friday,...
LOS ANGELES -- Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens used to implore MarShon Brooks to stay ready, that his opportunity would eventually come and that he needed to be ready to seize it. Assistant coach Jay Larranaga logged countless hours with Brooks after practice and before games, desperately trying to extract the talent inside him. But this wasn't exactly what either coach had in mind. Brooks, now with the Los Angeles Lakers, came off the bench to score 10 of his 14 points while playing the entire fourth quarter as he helped the Lakers rally from an 11-point final-frame deficit to top the...
By no bylineLOS ANGELES (AP) -- In their first game with the Lakers and coach Mike D'Antoni, MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore made sure Los Angeles came out a winner in the latest matchup of the NBA's most storied rivalry. Brooks scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter against his former club, spearheading a 101-92 victory over Boston on Friday night and helping snap a franchise-record eight-game home losing streak. Bazemore had 15 points, including a pair of clutch 3-pointers less than 2 minutes apart during the final 4:20 as the Lakers outscored the Celtics 38-18 in the final...