Twitter Reacts: D’Antoni To L.A.

NBA.com staff reports

News of the Lakers’ hiring of Mike D’Antoni as coach broke around 3 a.m. ET, and since then, Twitter has been abuzz with news of the man charged to lead Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and the rest of L.A. in their hopes of championship glory. Here, then, is the best from around the Twitter-verse:

29 Comments

  1. Ris says:

    c’mon people..
    pjax is definitely a good coach.. but have you forgotten how they were in the playoffs against MAVS team?
    lets just trust the team.. and i know.. we all know that D’Antoni isn’t a bad choice, instead mitch & jim should hire defensive coach to support this thing. if we want to see Lakers on June

  2. KingKong says:

    Lakers will not win the championship but they’ll be fun to watch.

  3. Shaking My Head says:

    I can already predict the headlines next season… “In other news, the Clippers fan-base has grown by nearly 20% after a disappointing early exit from the playoffs by the Lakers last season.”

  4. Tom Pittman says:

    Do you hear that noise? That is the sound of Pat Riley laughing his head off in Miami.

    What do you call a sports team owner with an IQ of 150? The Buss family.

    June 18, 2004, the Lakers let Phil Jackson go and didn’t even make the playoffs for the 1st time in 11 years. The Lakers brought PJ back and had 3 straight trips to the NBA Finals and 2 championships.

    This boils down to the the Buss family ego: they refused to let Phil Jackson save them from themselves yet again.

    Mike D’Antoni has never coached a team to the NBA Finals much less won a championship.

    And the New York Knicks IMPROVED when D’Antoni stepped down from coaching their talent-stacked roster.

    The Lakers’ wins this year have 1 thing in common: defense. D’Antoni has no idea what defense is.

    What an amazingly sad decision.

  5. Tom Pittman says:

    What do you call a sports team owner with an IQ of 150? The Buss family.

    Do you hear that noise? That is the sound of Pat Riley laughing his head off in Miami.

    June 18, 2004, the Lakers let Phil Jackson go and didn’t even make the playoffs for the 1st time in 11 years. The Lakers brought PJ back and had 3 straight trips to the NBA Finals and 2 championships.

    This boils down to the the Buss family ego: they refused to let Phil Jackson save them from themselves yet again.

    Mike D’Antoni has never coached a team to the NBA Finals much less won a championship.

    And the New York Knicks IMPROVED when D’Antoni stepped down from coaching their talent-stacked roster.

    The Lakers’ wins this year have 1 thing in common: defense. D’Antoni has no idea what defense is.

    What an amazingly sad decision.

  6. the black mamba says:

    didnt see this one coming.

  7. kobe fans says:

    nooo i wanted phil jackson no d anotni but i guess its ok

  8. Patty says:

    Steve Nash wilth his almost 39 year old butt needs to be sent back to Phoenix or retire. Nash, you have no say with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Dwight you need to give notice to the Los Angeles Lakers that you will not be back after this season.

    Kobe Bryant, I have been on your side for the very first game you have ever played in the NBA. How in the world could you say what you said today about D’Antoni. “I Love Phil Jackson but I am excited about D’Antoni”

    I expected more from you, Kobe Bryant. I guess you are saying having five chapionships is all I am going to have???

  9. Rokita says:

    I think Mike is so better coach than Eric S. in Miami. And they won chamionship. Talents in LAL are different but the potential is similar – I would try to trust D’Antoni if i would be a LAL fun and wait patiently to the playoffs.

  10. Tedsc says:

    A run a gun offense with a geriatric roster? I buy Nash/Howard in pick and roll but the bench is shallow and the starters are old and not super mobile to begin with (save Kobe). How are those old bones going to be at an up tempo offense after 82 games let alone nursing their way into the post season?

  11. mrmario says:

    Woke up this morning this morning like a kid on xmas, couldn’t wait to read the headlines,” Phil’s back!” Real disappointing. A big let down. Turned espn off and poured a stiff drink to face the day and it’s only 9:46am lol!

  12. mrmario says:

    I will always be a Laker fan for life. But I can’t stand to watch another losing season with each bad decision after the next. Won’t be watching the Lakers this season. I am from Ohio so I might as well watch lebron and the Miami heat.

    • cdubbb24 says:

      WHAT A SELLOUT!

      LAKERS management is doing what they do best. It’s their money, let them spend it how they want.

      HOWARD, NASH & now D’Antoni get their first championship rings this year.

      GO LAKERS!!

  13. joshua pryor says:

    im happy with the decision i love phil and the orginization does too so if they did not think phil would fit they are prbally right i think the d will be alright with world peace kobe and howard and pau is pretty good too if are offense score we get a chance to get back on defense so i dont think it will be a problem as long as are offense get it together clearly are defense is only bad in transition when were turnin the ball over i still think we need a bench player who can create off the dribble and get others involve better as well

  14. Philadelphia Robertson says:

    This is truely unexpected. I am happy to see that Kobe was good with the decision, unlike how he was with Mike Brown. I hope that they focus on their defense, if they do that, scoring will not be a problem with our new coach!

  15. Btheswinger says:

    Bad Choice:

    Phil Jackson is the only coach that could have turned the team around. He is a proving coach. 11 championships, what more is there to say.

  16. sg says:

    Mikie D, welcome to the Lake show, championship time…

  17. Dm says:

    They should hire Mike brown as the defensive coach..lol

  18. RememberBeginningOfSeason2010 says:

    All fakers fans were yelling 3-peat, just wanted to rub it in two years later HA HA HA!!!

  19. adfasdf Defense says:

    Defense wins championships. But you can’t win a single game if you can’t score. True Story

  20. bbhoggen says:

    You guys are ridiculous. DÁntoni is a great choice. Last time I checked the team that scores the most points wins. And I don’t know how you out score a Nash led DÁntoni team with 4 all stars on it. Especially with Dwight Howard playing defense. Dwight’s not suddenly going to forget how to play D guys.

  21. arthur says:

    Let’s see what will happen to the Lakers!

  22. Lakers show time says:

    Triangle worked when there were no super teams (Miami) and running like crazy teams (OKC). As much as i like to see Phil, i think we, the fans, need to see some excitement and fast offence. DH can take care of the offence.

  23. john doe says:

    omg, wow the paul gasol trade was a shocker and amazing, this is also a shocker but horrific

  24. Chester says:

    no D in LA this year. at least they will be fun to watch with mike dantoni coaching

  25. @theBeast says:

    Mike D’Antoni is just like Mike Brown … the lakers true problem is their D .. i hate this choice they should get phil … or even dunleavy …

  26. mario says:

    They r paying all this money for their roster in order to win a championship n they dont want to pay Jackson? They r gonna deeply regret this..

  27. newyorksteelo says:

    WOW!