Lakers should fire D'Antoni now

L.A. must consider that keeping the coach could mean losing Dwight Howard

Originally Published: January 25, 2013
By Chris Broussard | ESPN The Magazine
Mike D'AntoniNoah Graham/NBAE via Getty ImagesLittle has gone right for Mike D'Antoni. Should the Lakers fire another coach this season?

I hate to say this because I like Mike D'Antoni. He's a nice, personable guy who, as he proved with the Phoenix Suns, can be a very successful NBA coach given the right personnel.

But with the Los Angeles Lakers, he doesn't have the right personnel. He has great personnel -- the best center in the league, one of the best power forwards in the league, an all-time great shooting guard and a terrific, albeit older, playmaking point guard -- but it's personnel that fits neither his coaching philosophy nor his coaching strategy.

It has been a disaster from day one, or maybe we should say night one, when a bum fax machine stalled contract negotiations between D'Antoni and the Lakers in November. Regardless of the lineup -- whether Steve Nash has played or not, whether Dwight Howard has played or not, whether Pau Gasol has played or not -- D'Antoni and these Lakers have been a terrible fit.


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