Mike D’Antoni’s Faith in Lakers’ Coaching Staff Key to Keeping Kobe & Co. Happy

If Mike D'Antoni is to succeed as the Los Angeles Lakers' head coach, he must believe in the current coaching staff. If he is unable to, a direct result will be his inability to perform a primary function of a Lakers head coach.

Maintaining the morale of Kobe Bryant and the Lakers' star-studded roster.

To make it clear, I find it to be preposterous when a head coach comes on and is not allowed to name his own coaching staff. All this type of action does is prevent a coach from being able to equip himself with the personnel he believes to be best for his system.

With that being said, the Lakers are an extraordinarily peculiar case.

With Mike Brown and Bernie Bickerstaff each serving as head coach for part of this young season, the Lakers have grown accustomed to change at the top. With the Lakers brass opting to go with D'Antoni over Phil Jackson, the unexpected continues to compile (via ESPN Los Angeles).

In turn, uncertainty appears to be the only fitting word for the Lakers' future.

Should D'Antoni opt to keep the current coaching staff on board, however, the Lakers could find comfort in the change of scenery. The up-tempo offense soon to be employed will be welcomed should the likes of Bernie Bickerstaff and Eddie Jordan be the ones who preach it.

If not, we could see L.A. go through the same growing pains that got Mike Brown fired.


Belief in Bernie Bickerstaff

Say what you will about the sample size of Bernie Bickerstaff's tenure as interim head coach, but the players clearly believe in his preachings. For that reason, it is imperative that D'Antoni keeps the veteran coach on the sidelines.

Honestly, what benefit would there be in doing otherwise?

Bickerstaff has as great an understanding for the current crop of players as any ever could. He's shown an uncanny ability to balance the distri...

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