TAG: Mike D’Antoni

NBA, Smack / Mar 31, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Nick Young Welcomes Phoenix To “The Player Haters Ball”

Nick Young

Nick Young (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

The Lakers are done, mathematically eliminated from a possible playoff berth a while back, and now just running out the season before probably firing coach Mike D’Antoni. But the beaten up Lakers faced off against the Suns on Sunday, one of a group of five teams looking to fit in four open playoff spots in the West. So of course Nick Young reveled in his team’s ability to put a dent in Phoenix’s playoff chances with their 115-99 win at the Staples Center. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Mar 26, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Chris Kaman Hasn’t Spoken With Mike D’Antoni In Three Weeks

Chris Kaman, Amar'e Stoudemire

Chris Kaman, Amar’e Stoudemire (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

We’ve written extensively about the gloomy Lakers season, and most of the quotes out of Laker land are tinged with anger, embarrassment, backstabbing, Swaggy P bluster, and the type of excuses typical of franchises stuck in the basement of their respective division. But these are the Lakers, not a team used to losing regardless of injuries. A lot of people are blaming the coach, and now comes word center Chris Kaman hasn’t spoken to head coach Mike D’Antoni in three weeks. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Mar 13, 2014 / 12:47 am

Report: Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Want Mike D’Antoni As The Lakers Coach

Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant

Mike D’Antoni, Kobe Bryant (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

We already let you know earlier today rumors were circulating coach Mike D’Antoni wasn’t long for Laker land. Sources informed Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher the Lakers had assured a pair of Lakers D’Antoni was done next season, and Stephen A. Smith said close to the same on ESPN’s “First Take” (thought at a higher decibel level). Now the Sporting News reports that sources are saying Kobe Bryant has “no interest” in playing D’Antoni’s fast-paced style when he returns to the court next season. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Mar 12, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Rumor: Lakers May Not Bring Mike D’Antoni Back Next Season

Mike D'Antoni, Pau Gasol

Mike D’Antoni, Pau Gasol (Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports)

As of this writing, the Lakers share the worst record in the Western Conference with the Kings and the Jazz (all are 22-42), and while the Lakers weren’t necessarily foolish enough to think they were winning a title this year, a host of injuries to their stars has degraded an otherwise proud franchise. Now comes word that coach Mike D’Antoni may not be long for Laker land and could be terminated this summer in his role as the Lakers’ coach. Read More »

NBA / Mar 5, 2014 / 3:30 pm

The 10 Most Exciting Teams In NBA History

Sacramento Kings

As an NBA fan, there is nothing worse than watching a boring basketball game. Every few years we get lucky to witness a team that displays an absurd amount of showmanship on the court; a current example is “The Lob City” Clippers. In a sport that is played at a fast pace, we have seen teams throughout the years elevating the excitement on the court. I counted down the most exciting teams in NBA history. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Feb 22, 2014 / 2:00 pm

Kobe Bryant Out For Another 3 Weeks After Physician’s Evaluation

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

Kobe Bryant has been out since December 17 this season with a fractured lateral tibial plateau, but after getting re-evaluated by the Lakers’ team physician, his timetable has been extended another three weeks when the Lakers will look at the knee again. Bryant is experiencing swelling, continued pain and soreness in the damaged left knee, and there is some muted talk he might not return at all. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Jan 28, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Carmelo Anthony’s Wife, La La, Says He’ll “Definitely” Stay In New York

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony ( Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

The future of Carmelo Anthony is very much up in the air, since he can opt-out of the final year of his deal this summer and become an unrestricted free agent. The Knicks can offer him more money and an extra year, but if the team doesn’t have a chance to compete for a title, many wonder if ‘Melo will bounce to greener pastures in LA or Chicago. But not Anthony’s Wife, La La, who recently said, “I definitely think he will stay.” Read More »

NBA / Jan 17, 2014 / 4:00 pm

5 NBA Teams That Could Save Jimmer Fredette’s Career

Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer Fredette (Marc Lebryk/USA TODAY Sports)

For those who follow college basketball, we all remember the 2010-2011 season. “Jimmermania” they called it in Provo, Utah on the campus at BYU. Whenever Jimmer Fredette scored a high number of points versus opponents, Cougars fans would often chant “you got Jimmered!” The chant first broke out on the night of Jan. 26, 2011 after a 43-point performance, leading his squad to an upset against No. 4 San Diego State, handing the Aztecs their first loss of that season. That night, even Kevin Durant, arguably one of the NBA’s best scorers, took notice of the Aztecs getting “Jimmered” Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Jan 2, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Report: Unnamed Former Teammate Says Carmelo Anthony Will Leave The Knicks

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks are suffering through one of their most disappointing seasons in a few years, and their future looks even more tenuous. Carmelo Anthony isn’t even a free agent yet, but the rumors have already started about what his decision will be this summer when he can opt-out of the final year of his Knicks deal, which would pay him $23 million, to look for a longer-term deal in free agency. Now comes word from an unnamed former teammate that ‘Melo is leaving the Knicks despite their ability to add $30 million and an extra year on his deal. Read More »

NBA / Nov 11, 2013 / 11:45 am

Triple-Double For Rubio & ‘Wolves Set Franchise Record Vs. Lakers

Ricky Rubio

If you turned on the Timberwolves – Lakers game towards the end of the first quarter last night, you might have thought there was a mistake. Did Minnesota really have 42 points with two minutes left in the first quarter? Yup. The ‘Wolves set a franchise record for points in a quarter and Ricky Rubio recorded a triple-double during their blowout of the Lakers. Read More »