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November 12, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
News broke late Sunday evening that Mike D'Antoni would become the Lakers head coach following the firing of Mike Brown. Most people had assumed that Phil Jackson would take over at the helm, but as Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan reported , Jackson's informal demands were just too steep and included a stake in team ownership. So the Lakers went with D'Antoni, who has five playoff appearances as a head coach but has never been to the NBA Finals compared with the Zen Master, who made the playoffs in each of his 20 seasons as head coach and has won 11 NBA titles.
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April 25, 2014
Jim Buss says he will resign in three or four years [April 20] if the Lakers are not back on top because that will mean he has failed. Dude, you have already failed both the team and its fans by your evident lack of leadership, so why must we wait so long for you to ultimately depart? How about in three or four months you turn over the team reins to someone more competent than you! Why should we twist in the wind for the obvious to become even more obvious? Goodbye and good riddance, Jim, we won't miss you at all. Roy Reel Culver City :: Jim Buss said if the Lakers aren't contending for an NBA title in three or four years he will step aside and let someone else run the team and make player personnel decisions.
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November 21, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have finally climbed above .500 to 6-5 despite losing point guard Steve Nash in the second game of the season to a leg injury. Through 11 games, center Dwight Howard has averaged 20.3 points, 11.7 boards and 2.8 blocks a game.  He's hitting 61.8% of his shots from the floor. However, he's struggled in two areas: turnovers (3.4 a night) and free throw shooting (48.4%). On Tuesday night, Howard's aim was so off, Brooklyn Nets Coach Avery Johnson asked his players to foul Howard away from the ball to put him on the line.
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April 21, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Phil Jackson made his first big move since becoming president of the New York Knicks last month -- he fired coach Mike Woodson and the rest of the coaching staff. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Jackson said in a news release Monday announcing the move. “The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.
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November 15, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
One of the goals for the Lakers, in hiring Mike D'Antoni as their new head coach, was to quicken the team's pace. Former Coach Mike Brown's style was somewhat plodding, especially as the players tried to execute his hybrid-Princeton offense. Patience now would have paid off later, but ownership decided it wasn't worth the time to find out. "We have a vision of how we thought this team would play, bringing in a player like Steve Nash," said General Manager Mitch Kupchak. "We thought we could get the ball in his hands a lot, play up-tempo.
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December 19, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers won their third-straight game Tuesday night, barely, holding off the Charlotte Bobcats by a single point, 101-100. Pau Gasol returned to the lineup after an eight-game absence.  He played 29 1/2 minutes, and while he only shot three for 10 from the field, his overall box score was relatively solid with 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots. Coach Mike D'Antoni used Gasol's return as an opportunity to experiment with the team's rotation.  Devin Ebanks started the game at small forward but played just under five minutes, missing three of four shots.  That put Metta World Peace on the bench, in two roles.  D'Antoni wants World Peace to not only play small forward but also be Gasol's primary backup at the four.
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November 13, 2012 | By T.J. Simers
Just finished interviewing new Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni by telephone, and how's that for a fine start in town - he's talking to Page 2. It's going to take a little while to transcribe tape and write a column, but here's how we began Tuesday morning. "Got bad news for you, Mike. You're losing 73% to 11% to Phil Jackson in a poll of who people would like to see coaching the Lakers. " D'Antoni laughs. "I've got some really close friends who are Laker fans and they were disappointed I got the job. " Reminded that the fans in Staples Center have been chanting, "We want Phil," D'Antoni says, "They can't chant, 'We want Mike,' because they got him. " D'Antoni is still recovering from reconstructive surgery on his right knee.
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November 15, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
It became clear why the Lakers didn't need much more than a telephone interview with Mike D'Antoni to make the hire. It took, oh, about five minutes into his introductory news conference on Thursday at El Segundo to come to that realization. D'Antoni was charming, informative and self-deprecating. Even Lakers executive Mitch Kupchak, who was sitting next to D'Antoni, looked slightly relieved. Indeed, D'Antoni handled the L.A. media just fine in his first outing. A sampling from the new Lakers coach, who expects to coach on Sunday against Houston: --"As soon as he gets healthy -- he's not healthy now -- I expect Dwight Howard to be unstoppable.
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November 12, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers announced early Monday that they signed Mike D'Antoni to be their next head coach. The team's website said: "Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, executive vice president Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak were unanimous that D'Antoni was the best coach for the team at this time. " D'Antoni rose to prominence as Steve Nash's coach in Phoenix, but the 61-year old from West Virginia has a long history in the game. As a player, D'Antoni was drafted in 1973 by the Kansas City Kings.
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February 12, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Coach Mike D'Antoni downplayed the notion of adding a player to the Lakers' roster, even with forward-center Pau Gasol out for at least six to eight weeks with a foot injury. The big concern for D'Antoni with a new player would be finding the opportunity to work them into the team's rotation given the Lakers' urgency to win each and every game. "If you were in the playoffs and you can bring someone along for a couple of months because they don't know the system and they've got to get back into shape -- that might not be an option for us," D'Antoni said.
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April 21, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers wrapped the 2013-14 season with two straight wins, finishing 27-55 on the season. Week 25 started with a 119-104 win over the Jazz in Utah on Monday, which dropped the Lakers to sixth in the NBA draft lottery . On Wednesday, the Lakers closed out the year with a 113-110 victory on the road in San Antonio against the Spurs. All-star Kobe Bryant took off early, heading to France before the Lakers' season ended . Kent Bazemore underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his foot.
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April 18, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Coach Mike D'Antoni, along with General Manager Mitch Kupchak, met with the team's players over the past 48 hours for exit interviews at the Lakers' practice facility. The job status of D'Antoni, who is under contract for next season, wasn't discussed. "We haven't had a meeting yet," said D'Antoni.  "We're off for Easter vacation, and then we'll probably get together sometime [after]. " The Lakers finished with a 27-55 record after an NBA-high 319 player games missed due to injury, including Kobe Bryant, who made just six appearances, dealing with Achilles and knee issues.
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April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO -- Mike D'Antoni might coach his last game with the Lakers on Wednesday night. Or he might be back next season for the final guaranteed year of his contract. It's the biggest subplot of a Lakers' off-season sure to feature some twists and turns. "We'll sit down with Mitch and Jim at the end of the year and reassess everything and see where we are and see what their thoughts are," D'Antoni said Wednesday, referring to Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. "I don't have any thoughts yet. The biggest thing was trying to get to the end of the year and we got that done.
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April 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SALT LAKE CITY - Poor Lakers. They lose even when they win. They hammered the similarly woeful Utah Jazz on Monday, 119-104, but damaged their lottery percentages for the draft. If the Lakers had lost, Utah would have caught them (and Boston) in the overall standings, forging a three-way tie for the NBA's fourth-worst record. BOX SCORE: Lakers 119, Jazz 104 Now the Lakers (26-55) will probably finish with the sixth-worst record and a 6.3% chance at the No. 1 pick at the May 20 lottery.
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April 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SALT LAKE CITY  - Mitch Kupchak paused for several seconds. It wasn't an easy question to answer. What will be Mike D'Antoni's fate? Finally, the Lakers' general manager spoke briefly about the Lakers' coach. "I'm not going to discuss Mike other than to say there is no timetable for any type of decision. So there's really nothing to share," Kupchak told The Times. It represented a departure from his comments last month that D'Antoni was "doing a great job under the circumstances.
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April 12, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Emerging from the rubble of the Lakers' worst season since moving to Los Angeles was the story of someone who shall inherit the earth. Or at least a really nice pay raise. Jodie Meeks has been the Lakers' most consistent player, managing to avoid serious injury and continually putting in an honest night's work during a dreadful season for the franchise. He is averaging a career-best 15.6 points, almost double his output last season, but faces the same off-season question as almost everyone on the roster.
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March 15, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
New York Knicks Coach Mike D'Antoni resigned Wednesday amid building frustrations between himself and the team's star player Carmelo Anthony. D'Antoni and Anthony had different ideas regarding how the offense should be run, and after the Knicks sunk to 18-24  as of Wednesday morning, D'Antoni decided to walk away. Assistant Coach Mike Woodson will take over the helm on an interim basis.  This leaves the question, who will eventually fill the hole? Is there a chance that Phil Jackson will come out of retirement for one last coaching stint?
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April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO -- Mike D'Antoni might coach his last game with the Lakers on Wednesday night. Or he might be back next season for the final guaranteed year of his contract. It's the biggest subplot of a Lakers' off-season sure to feature some twists and turns. "We'll sit down with Mitch and Jim at the end of the year and reassess everything and see where we are and see what their thoughts are," D'Antoni said Wednesday, referring to Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. "I don't have any thoughts yet. The biggest thing was trying to get to the end of the year and we got that done.
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April 11, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Another sign of a team in decline - empty seats. There have been nine non-sellouts at home for the Lakers, a surprising number for a team that enjoyed 270 consecutive packed crowds at Staples Center until earlier this season. The franchise was startled when the sellout streak ended in mid-November against New Orleans. Now that game is considered the tip of the attendance iceberg. Last month was particularly bad for the Lakers, who failed to sell out five of eight home games, including one against the Clippers.
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April 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Mike D'Antoni thinks of it this way: don't make a bad situation worse. As the losses pile up at a record-setting rate, the Lakers coach often responds with humor while fielding reporters' questions. It's sometimes self-deprecating and usually followed by a laugh, his way of coping with a season to be remembered for two things: many injuries, many losses. "You've got to be careful because if you get in these situations it doesn't help to swing wildly and just take everybody down," D'Antoni said.
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