CLICK ON LINE MOVEMENTS FOR COMPLETE LINE MOVEMENT INFORMATION
Refresh  
  Page last updated on Thu Sep 03 17:27:50 EDT 2015
TOP NEWS
D’ANTONI SEEKS TO RECALL THE ‘SHOWTIME’
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:13 AM EST

Mike D’Antoni might have been moving a little slowly on crutches during his 1st practice as coach of the L.A Lakers, but he promised to get his new team playing at a championship level fast.

“As (GM) Mitch (Kupchak) has said and as I’m sure you guys know, we’re built to win this year,” D’Antoni asserted during his introductory press conference. “This isn’t a project. We have a window and we’re going to try and get thru it.”

D’Antoni flew into Los Angeles and observed from the sidelines as his older brother, Dan D’Antoni, a new assistant coach on his staff, ran the team thru a selection of shooting and pick-and-roll drills during the hourlong practice.

D’Antoni, named the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 2004-05 after steering Phoenix Suns to a 62-20 record with Steve Nash running the show, stated that he will bring his trademark up-tempo offense to the purple and gold.

“We would be very pleased to be able to play ‘Showtime’-type basketball,” D’Antoni recounted. “Now, they might have done it the best you can do it. We wish to get some place close to that. I think that’d be awesome.”

Through 8 games, the Lakers are just 3-5, and their 96.5 points-per-game average ranks 20th in the NBA. The Heat entered tops in the league with 104.9 points-per-game average. D’Antoni is setting the L.A Lakers’ bar much higher.

“I told the team if we are not averaging 110-115 points a game, we want to talk,” D’Antoni related. “That’s our goal. It should be easily done.”

Kobe Bryant, who praised D’Antoni as an “offensive genius” earlier in the week, continued with the compliments.

“He has a very calm demeanor about himself,” Bryant recounted. “He simplifies the game to its purest form. It isn’t overcomplicated for him.” Basketball betting lines

Bryant also supported the timing of the hire, regardless of whether it meant firing Mike Brown just 5 games into the season.

“It’s better than doing it halfway through the season, if you’re going to do it,” Bryant asserted. “For us, we’ve been struggling, so it isn’t like we’re leaving anything because we never really learned what we were doing in the 1st place.”

There were one or two questions on Phil Jackson, the 11-time championship-winning coach whom D’Antoni beat out to get the job. D’Antoni recognized the scrutiny he faces by being picked over the Zen Master.

A major reason that decision was made is perhaps because the Lakers’ brass believes the muster might be able to pick up D’Antoni’s system rather quickly, thanks in large part to Nash, who won 2 league MVPs while running the same sets in Phoenix.

“I was just talking to Steve,” D’Antoni announced. “It’s weird. When he feels better, I may start to feel better. I’ve stated that it before, and I don’t really want to repeat too many lines, but I tried coaching without him and that didn’t work too well. So, he’s feeling pretty good, so I’m feeling pretty good.”

Nash (fractured fibula) has missed the Lakers’ past 6 games, but he announced that he would be back in “1 or 2 weeks.” D’Antoni is confident the 38-year-old Nash still can keep his offense running like a fine-tuned machine.


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
FOOTBALL: 8/9/2015 - 11/2/2015
BASEBALL 8/13/2015 - 10/4/2015
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
South Carolina
2
Tcu
3
Utah
4
Minnesota Twins
5
Tcu
09/03/2015
ATP - US OpenMAHUT, NICOLAS vs. GARCIA-LOPEZ, GUILLERMO10:30 AM PST
ATP - US OpenISNER, JOHN vs. YOUZHNY, MIKHAIL10:45 AM PST
ATP - US OpenANDERSON, KEVIN vs. KRAJICEK, AUSTIN10:45 AM PST
WTA - US OpenGIORGI, CAMILA vs. LISICKI, SABINE10:45 AM PST
ATP - US OpenBEDENE, ALJAZ vs. YOUNG, DONALD11:45 AM PST
ATP - US OpenMANNARINO, ADRIAN vs. MURRAY, ANDY12:00 PM PST
ATP - US OpenHAASE, ROBIN vs. GASQUET, RICHARD12:00 PM PST
ATP - US OpenKOHLSCHREIBER, PHILIPP vs. ROSOL, LUKAS12:00 PM PST
WTA - US OpenKOVINIC, DANKA vs. SCHMIEDLOVA, ANNA-KAROLINA12:15 PM PST
WTA - US OpenPENNETTA, FLAVIA vs. NICULESCU, MONICA12:15 PM PST
WTA - US OpenKVITOVA, PETRA vs. GIBBS, NICOLE12:15 PM PST
College FootballSouth Carolina vs North Carolina3:00 PM PST
ATP - US OpenDARCIS, STEVE vs. FEDERER, ROGER4:00 PM PST
MLBBraves vs Nationals4:05 PM PST
MLBPirates vs Brewers4:20 PM PST
MLBTigers vs Royals5:10 PM PST
College FootballMichigan vs Utah5:30 PM PST
WTA - US OpenCETKOVSKA, PETRA vs. WOZNIACKI, CAROLINE5:30 PM PST
MLBGiants vs Rockies5:40 PM PST
College FootballTCU vs Minnesota6:00 PM PST
MLBDodgers vs Padres7:10 PM PST
09/04/2015
MLBDiamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs11:20 AM PST
College FootballCharlotte vs Georgia State12:30 PM PST
College FootballMichigan State vs Western Michigan4:00 PM PST
College FootballBaylor vs SMU4:00 PM PST
MLBBraves vs Nationals4:05 PM PST
MLBT Rays vs New York Yankees4:05 PM PST
MLBOrioles vs Blue Jays4:05 PM PST
MLBIndians vs Tigers4:05 PM PST
MLBBrewers vs Reds4:10 PM PST
MLBNew York Mets vs Marlins4:10 PM PST
MLBPhillies vs Red Sox4:10 PM PST
MLBChicago White Sox vs Royals5:10 PM PST
MLBTwins vs Astros5:10 PM PST
MLBPirates vs Cardinals5:15 PM PST
MLBGiants vs Rockies5:40 PM PST
MLBMariners vs Athletics7:05 PM PST
MLBRangers vs Los Angeles Angels7:05 PM PST
MLBLos Angeles Dodgers vs Padres7:10 PM PST
College FootballWashington vs Boise State7:15 PM PST
09/05/2015
College FootballStanford vs Northwestern09:00 AM PST
College FootballLouisville vs Auburn12:30 PM PST
College FootballPenn State vs Temple12:30 PM PST
College FootballVirginia vs UCLA12:30 PM PST
College FootballBYU vs Nebraska12:30 PM PST
College FootballArizona State vs Texas A&M4:00 PM PST
UFCJoaquim Silva vs Nazareno Malegarie4:05 PM PST
UFCJoe Riggs vs Ron Stallings4:30 PM PST
College FootballTexas vs Notre Dame4:30 PM PST
College FootballWisconsin vs Alabama5:00 PM PST
UFCTiago Trator vs Clay Collard5:05 PM PST
UFCRaquel Pennington vs Jessica Andrade5:30 PM PST
UFCFrancisco Rivera vs John Lineker6:05 PM PST
UFCRoss Pearson vs Paul Felder6:30 PM PST
College FootballMississippi State vs Southern Miss7:00 PM PST
UFCAlex Chambers vs Paige VanZant7:10 PM PST
UFCCorey Anderson vs Jan Blachowicz7:35 PM PST
UFCJimi Manuwa vs Anthony Johnson8:05 PM PST
UFCFrank Mir vs Andrei Arlovski8:30 PM PST
UFCJohn Dodson vs Demetrious Johnson9:05 PM PST

x