NBA — 07 May 2013
Mike D’Antoni Fires Lakers Assistant Coaches

Given the names on the Lakers roster, their 7th seed in the playoffs and first round sweep ensure that this season can be deemed a failure. The club had high hopes but fell flat on their faces. I get it: injures didn’t help, but no team has been healthy all year.

Mike D’Antoni definitely deserves some blame for this disappointing season and there was speculation as to whether or not he’d be back next year, because you could make the argument that he should be let go to. But that isn’t the case. In fact, D’Antoni had the audacity to fire the Lakers’ assistant coaches, Bernie Bickerstaff and Chuck Person. D’Antoni needs to be fired himself.

Coach Mike D’Antoni told assistant coaches Bernie Bickerstaff and Chuck Person Monday they would not return to the Lakers’ coaching staff next season. Meanwhile, Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford plans to interview with the Charlotte Bobcats’ vacant head-coaching position, according to sources familiar with the situation. D’Antoni kept all of Mike Brown’s assistants after he was fired following a 1-4 start while hiring his brother, Dan, to help oversee his offense after spending time on his staff in Phoenix and New York. But it was expected D’Antoni would alter his staff after the season ended.


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  1. Why Basketball Won’t Leave Phil Jackson Alone
    The Los Angeles Lakers made a huge mistake when they chose Mike D’Antoni over Phil Jackson near the beginning of this year’s NBA season. Instead of a reincarnation of “showtime” they got “no time” during many games from practically everyone on their roster due to an unbelievable number of injuries. In addition, the D’Antoni system was applied far too long with aging players who could not run the offense fast or well enough. Every game seemed like there was a new team on the floor, and in many cases it was literally true. Then there was the Dwight Howard element. D’Antoni and his staff had no idea how to motivate him to play his hardest and best. It took the death of Jerry Buss, and eulogies by many of the Lakers greatest players and coaches, to get Dwight Howard to perk up and start putting out. Yet, it wasn’t enough; it was never enough for the entire team. Phil Jackson would have known what to do, but he never got a chance.

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