Throughout his career, Mike D'Antoni has become known primarily for his offensive philosophy and his unwillingness to compromise on his vision. However, in order for the Los Angeles Lakers to thrive, he's going to have to alter his philosophy to reflect some of his more successful peers.
The two coaches Mike D'Antoni has to channel in order to make the best of his roster are Phil Jackson and Greg Popovich.
In terms of pure basketball, Popovich is an excellent template for Mike D'Antoni to mold his system after.
Popovich has always been a coach who has been in-tune with the strengths and weaknesses of his roster.
For example, in Tim Duncan's prime, Popovich utilized a low-post oriented offense that allowed the offense to run through Duncan almost every possession.
As Duncan started to decline slowly, he handed the reins to Tony Parker and allowed him to utilize and drive-and-kick to take advantage of the myriad of shooters the San Antonio Spurs had on their roster.
As Duncan aged gracefully into more of a supportive role, Popovich sped up the pace and emphasized the transition game to sav ...
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Coaches Mike D’Antoni Must Channel to Make Most of L.A. LakersFebruary 9th, 2013 by Richard Le Leave a reply »