Now that Coach D’Antoni is on the Lakers’ bench, he better be ready for the challenge. The Lakers’ experienced a few rough patches with D’Antoni including losses to the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies. On Saturday, the Lakers unleashed their frustrations on the Dallas Mavericks, defeating them in a blow-out game from start to finish 115-89. The pace of the Mavericks game, the method and the balanced scoring is more to Coach D’Antoni’s liking but they are not where he wants them yet.
Despite D’Antoni’s knee rehabilitation and recovery he is already pacing the Los Angeles Lakers coaches box trying to activate his system while encouraging and challenging a team that is championship or bust, championship or nothing. This is a strong challenge for only the brave at heart or a coach who knows what it takes to win it all.
When NBA coaches are evaluated earnestly, there will be positives, negatives based on wins, losses, the evaluator’s perceptions and the truth. For really successful NBA coaches their wins outweigh their losses, which generally results in them receiving good perceptions marks from management and others with some truth mixed in.