August 15, 2013 |
The transition from Mike Brown to Mike D'Antoni as coach early last season was an awkward time for the Lakers. "Clumsy is not a bad characterization," General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Thursday to Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio . The Lakers fired Brown only five games into the season. After an interview with Phil Jackson, the team chose to go with D'Antoni. Kupchak informed Jackson late on Sunday, Nov. 11, by telephone, apparently waking the coach to deliver the news. "There was really no other way to get around it. In this business you don't make announcements until you have signed contracts," Kupchak said.
August 10, 2013 |
Recently hired as an assistant to Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, Johnny Davis hopes to help the Lakers become more of a bonded unit. "The key is that we really and truly and sincerely have to be a team," said Davis said to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com on Thursday. "Not just a collective of guys wearing the same color uniform, but truly a team so when you are practicing or doing anything, you don't want to let your teammate down. " Davis, who recently served as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors, was added to the Lakers staff in late July. Davis also has head coaching experience with the Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers. He also won an NBA title in 1977 as a point guard with the Portland Trail Blazers.
August 2, 2013 |
Kurt Rambis has been a part of the Lakers organization for longer than he can remember. "It's been quite a few years," said Rambis to The Times in a phone interview on Thursday. Now he's back on the bench, as an assistant to Coach Mike D'Antoni. "Mike asked me if I wanted to do it. I said absolutely," said Rambis. "I didn't say I'll get back to you in a few days. I said absolutely, I'd love to do it. " Dating to his days as power forward for the Lakers during the "Showtime" era, Rambis has spent about 22 years with the franchise, in one capacity or another (head coach, assistant coach and front office)
July 12, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Mike Brown needs another nickname. "All Day Every Day" doesn't fully account for the hours the Cleveland Cavaliers coach is working in his new job with his old team. "I come to the gym at 2 or 3 in the morning and he's still there," guard Dion Waiters said Friday. The coach who was famous for putting the Lakers through lengthy practices, shoot-arounds and walk-throughs better hope Ohio's labor laws don't forbid the kind of schedule he's unfurled for the Cavaliers in recent days.
July 9, 2013 |
Steve Nash gave Coach Mike D'Antoni a vote of confidence on Tuesday, despite acknowledging last season was "a disaster. " "I think he's a very bright coach. He's not without flaws but none of us are," said Nash on the "Mason & Ireland Show" on ESPN L.A. (710 ) on Tuesday. "We should all be judged by the fans. It's their team. I think we've got a lot to prove -- Mike, myself and all the guys on the team this year because last year was, to me, a disaster in a lot of ways.
June 17, 2013 |
The Lakers' final non-Mike D'Antoni assistant coach left over the weekend as Darvin Ham joined the Atlanta Hawks under Coach Mike Budenholzer. “Darvin has a great feel for the game and knows what it takes for a team to be successful and compete at a high level," Budenholzer said in a prepared statement. “He was a smart player who played with intensity and toughness every night and he has gone about coaching the same way.” Dan D'Antoni, brother to Coach Mike D'Antoni, is the only holdover from last season after the Lakers let both Chuck Person and Bernie Bickerstaff go. Phil Handy joined Mike Brown's staff in Cleveland, while Eddie Jordan took the head position at Rutgers.