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Old 02-05-2013, 05:54 PM   #1
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Default Wouldn't it make sense to fire MDA and replace with Bickerstaff?

Yes, it would embarass the Lakers. But what are they accomplishing here?
1) He's going to run his starters into the ground, so Kobe/Nash as old as they are will get even more worn down.
2) BOTH Laker bigs hate him. He might cause Dwight not to resign and Gasol to request a trade.
3) He's publicly berating Gasol. He doesn't really have the team support and acts in ways to undermine himself.
4) The team jettisoned his offense and is running their own offense.
5) They are not giving any more effort or winning at a higher pct than they did without him.

What would be worse about firing him and replacing him with Bickerstaff till the end of the season? They'd play freerer and easier, Gasol could move back into the lineup, Dwight wouldn't be as quick to leave.

Give me a downside other than "it would be embarrasing" or "you can't keep firing the coach".
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Default Re: Wouldn't it make sense to fire MDA and replace with Bickerstaff?

what has bickerstaff proven as a coach?

realistically, i dont think any coach can come in and really put his own imprint on this laker team, after all teh turbulence of this season.

not to say this laker team cant be successful, just that there has been so much upheaval and drama, a new coach just wouldnt have a blank canvas to work with.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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Default Re: Wouldn't it make sense to fire MDA and replace with Bickerstaff?

Firing MDA and replacing him with a stack of Pringles makes sense.
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Default Re: Wouldn't it make sense to fire MDA and replace with Bickerstaff?

Bickerstaff>D'antoni and Brown it's clear as day.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:59 PM   #5
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Default Re: Wouldn't it make sense to fire MDA and replace with Bickerstaff?

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what has bickerstaff proven as a coach?

realistically, i dont think any coach can come in and really put his own imprint on this laker team, after all teh turbulence of this season.

not to say this laker team cant be successful, just that there has been so much upheaval and drama, a new coach just wouldnt have a blank canvas to work with.

Bickerstaff is the next in line. That's why him. No other reason. And it accomplishes what you said, no blank canvas, just continuing things just without the stupidity of fighting with Gasol, the marrying to the system, and the outright mutiny.

The team ditched the coaches offense and is running their own. That's not a situation that works. It basically indicates they think he's an idiot.
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Default Re: Wouldn't it make sense to fire MDA and replace with Bickerstaff?

Yea fire MDA, and end up paying 2 coaches to NOT coach the team. Makes a lot of sense.
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Default Re: Wouldn't it make sense to fire MDA and replace with Bickerstaff?

Kobe is aready coaching, leave Dantoni on the bench for w/e reasons, it doesnt matter really.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:02 PM   #8
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Default Re: Wouldn't it make sense to fire MDA and replace with Bickerstaff?

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Yes, it would embarass the Lakers. But what are they accomplishing here?
1) He's going to run his starters into the ground, so Kobe/Nash as old as they are will get even more worn down.
2) BOTH Laker bigs hate him. He might cause Dwight not to resign and Gasol to request a trade.
3) He's publicly berating Gasol. He doesn't really have the team support and acts in ways to undermine himself.
4) The team jettisoned his offense and is running their own offense.
5) They are not giving any more effort or winning at a higher pct than they did without him.

What would be worse about firing him and replacing him with Bickerstaff till the end of the season? They'd play freerer and easier, Gasol could move back into the lineup, Dwight wouldn't be as quick to leave.

Give me a downside other than "it would be embarrasing" or "you can't keep firing the coach".

I wouldn't have signed him.
But if I inherited him, I would show some leadership and tell him how I expect to act as the Head Coach of my team.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:09 PM   #9
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Default Re: Wouldn't it make sense to fire MDA and replace with Bickerstaff?

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Yea fire MDA, and end up paying 2 coaches to NOT coach the team. Makes a lot of sense.

So basically you'd destroy seasons that make you easily 25 times what you pay him in order not to pay him for doing nothing? That makes no sense. Or lose two great assets that you pay more than that and would be hard to replace? Or lose playoff revenue for crashing and burning?

If the Knicks had a shitty coach, fired him, and hired another shitty coach and told me they had to keep him because it's foolish to fire two coaches i'd have a heart attack about that.

If the main reason to keep him is "i don't want to pay another coach to leave" then you are basically advocating firing him.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:12 PM   #10
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Default Re: Wouldn't it make sense to fire MDA and replace with Bickerstaff?

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what has bickerstaff proven as a coach?

Bickerstaff proved that he knows how to get out of the way and let players play.

What has MDA proven as a coach?
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:24 PM   #11
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Default Re: Wouldn't it make sense to fire MDA and replace with Bickerstaff?

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Yea fire MDA, and end up paying 2 coaches to NOT coach the team. Makes a lot of sense.

Well those are sunk costs. You are paying those guys either way. The question is now what is the best way to get Lakers winning now and long term. And how to convince Howard to stay.

MDA, as we've said dozens of times, was an epically bad hire for so many reasons. And we (knicks fans and others) were saying it THAT DAY! The day he was hired. We knew it would be a disaster.

In reality, MDA will finish out the season obviously, and Laker brass will reassess the situation in the summer....
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