Mike D’Antoni Will Never Be the Man for LA Lakers’ Playoff Job

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently confirmed head coach Mike D'Antoni would return to the sidelines for the Lakers next season (via ESPN), which all but guarantees that regardless of what happens with player movement, the Lakers will probably be outside of the NBA Finals picture again.

Kupchak listed the lack of training camp and the multitude of injuries the Lakers faced throughout the season as possible reasons that D'Antoni had failed to reach the heights of excellence the franchise usually expects.

There is certainly some merit to Kupchak's logic, but if he took the time to write a list with all of D'Antoni's positives and negatives, which one would be longer?

Kupchak offered two reasons why D'Antoni deserves another season, but I could probably think of a few others that suggest the Lakers should let go of this failed experiment.

The most obvious example is D'Antoni's lack of any type of consistent defensive strategy, which wouldn't be so bad if he at least understood the concept.

D'Antoni has always seemed to coach on the principles that a great offense negates the need for a strong defense, but in truth his stubborn nature is revealed by his flawed philosophy.

During stints with the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks, D'Antoni has lived by the hype of his "seven seconds or less" offense, and any hopes of being a real finals contender has died by the lack of substance behind his theory.

Scoring points in bunches will certainly win some games and fans, but eventually you have to prove you can stop someone when it really matters. And none of D'Antoni's teams ever have.

D'Antoni reached the Western Conference finals during his first full season with Phoenix in 2005, and he repeated the feat the very next season in 2006.

The Suns won 114 regular season games during that span, and even thoug...

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