There's been a lot of talk about whether Mike D'Antoni is a good fit for the Los Angeles Lakers, and there are a lot of reasons why he is.
More than anything, fans are dealing with the let-down of not getting Phil Jackson, so take a minute, and get over it, because the papers are signed and bridges are burned.
D'Antoni is the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and brings a lot to the table. These are five reasons to love the hire.
1. D'Antoni Coaches a Faster Style of Offense
The biggest worry after signing Steve Nash and coming into this season was will the Lakers be able to keep up with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat. The Thunder ran circles around the Lakers last year, and the Lakers aren't getting any younger.
Luckily, D'Antoni's style of offense is meant to be played faster. This means that players will be rotated in more often, and the veteran starters will get more rest than they're used to with Mike Brown, and even with Phil Jackson.
Also, because of this, it will help cultivate a deeper bench, which the Lakers have struggled with.
2. Dwight Howard Might Stay As A Result
Dwight Howard notoriously got Stan Van Gundy fired in Orlando last season, and this is a guy the Lakers are hoping to sign to a max contract at the end of this year, so the Lakers need to make him happy.
The big man talked about the hire and said:
“It's amazing to get a chance to play for Mike again. He's a great man and an incredible basketball mind. We had some great years together and I look forward to getting to work and building a winner here in L.A."
Dwight has been known to not want to live in Shaq's shadow, which may have happened even more if he'd won championships with Jackson. By getting D'Antoni the Lakers could possibly be trying to keep Dwight; giving him a fresh start.
3. D'Antoni Has Coached A Lot Of These Players Already
A coach has to build relationships with his players, and D'Antoni helped coach the Olympic team. This means that Kobe Bryant has played for D'Antoni and also knew him from his childhood days in Italy. Steve Nash played for D'Antoni in Phoenix and both men are happy to see this relationship flourish again. Since he was at the Olympics, D'Antoni never coached Pau Gasol, but he played against him, so he knows what Pau is really capable of, and what other teams might struggle with. Not to mention the production D'Antoni got out of Chris Duhon in New York.
4. D'Antoni's Offense Is Not The Triangle
Everyone knows the benefits of the triangle, and they also know how complex it can be, in part because it is designed for a team who doesn't have a stellar point guard, which the Lakers do. Most of the players on this team didn't play for Jackson for long enough to have mastered the system, and since the season has already started, it's good that they use a simpler system.
5. Short Practices
Again, with regard to the older players, this is so excellent! Brown is known to be one of the hardest working coaches, and he expected the same of his players. D'Antoni expects his guys to work hard, but isn't wearing them out. During the season, the guys are in shape and they have very few, if any, days off in a week. Shortening the practices, and accomplishing more in less time will no doubt benefit the team as the season goes on.