Posted April 22, 2013

Lakers’ Mike D’Antoni calls Kobe Bryant ‘a fan’ after tweets during loss to Spurs

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Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni tried to brush off Kobe Bryant's in-game tweets during a loss to the Spurs. (D. Clarke Evans/Getty Images)

Mike D’Antoni and the Lakers lost Game 1 to the Spurs. (D. Clarke Evans/Getty Images)

Riding just a “B” or “B-” overall performance, the Spurs easily dispatched the Lakers in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series, leaving Kobe Bryant, out with a season-ending Achilles injury, to fume over his iPhone back in California.

“Nothing worse [than] watching your brothers struggle and [you] can’t do crap about it,” Bryant tweeted. “It’s horrible not being able to at least be there with them.”

Bryant’s tweets — which provided thoughts and analysis on L.A.’s play on both sides of the ball — poured forth as San Antonio put together a convincing, if somewhat ugly, 91-79 home victory.

In a televised postgame press conference, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni tried to brush off Bryant’s comments.

“It’s great to have that commentary,” D’Antoni said, rolling his eyes. “He’s a fan right now. He’s a fan. You guys put a little bit more importance on that kind of fan. He’s a fan, he gets excited, I’m sure he wants to be part of it.”

Bryant immediately responded to those comments, which some interpreted as a slight: “A fan?? lol”. He later added: “Nervous response. I’m sure he didn’t meant it that way. No big deal.”

The Lakers’ 15-time All-Star guard referred to himself as “Coach Vino” on Friday.

The Spurs answered some questions in this one, with both Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, who had missed time in April due to injuries, going off for 18 points a piece. Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds, too, but this was a matter of San Antonio’s depth and unselfishness making up for a cold shooting night. The Spurs’ bench outscored the Lakers’ 40-10, with Matt Bonner chipping in 10 points.

Bryant lightly chastised the Lakers’ defense on Sunday and there’s a chance that blooms into full rage if the Spurs are able to really kick up their attack as the series unfolds.

“Matador defense on Parker,” Bryant said. “His penetration is hurting us. … Gotta keep the Spurs offense in front of our [defense]. They [are] great at penetrating and pitching to their shooters.”

The Lakers aren’t equipped to stop Parker, even with Steve Nash returning from a hip/hamstring injury to play 29 minutes. Nash finished with 16 points (on six-for-15 shooting) but tallied only three assists as the Lakers’ three-point shooting was off all night (just three-for-15 from deep as a team).

Bryant’s solution to the perimeter woes was simple and repeated multiple times: go inside.

“What I would say if I was there right now? Pau get [your] ass on the block and don’t move [until you] get it,” Bryant wrote. “Post. Post. Post. Gotta get to the block. See [what] Spurs [are] gonna do with [Pau Gasol] and [Dwight Howard]. … Gotta milk Pau in the post right now and [Howard]. Will get good looks from it.”

Howard led the Lakers with 20 points (on eight-for-12 shooting), 15 rebounds and two blocks. Gasol added 16 points (on seven-for-16 shooting), 16 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

San Antonio, the West’s No. 2 seed, took a 1-0 series lead over L.A., the No. 7 seed. Game 2 is on Wednesday.

6 comments
shamrockpapa
shamrockpapa

I know I am not an expert in there NBA but it seems to me that human nature is something that you either have or you don't… I am not an expert in the ability of NBA players but I think I can certainly see when a player is into his game or when he is playing for his pay check…(Please see Kobe when he played, he is INTO the game, he is into winning, body & soul)


Now lets look at Dwight Howard, not only since he has been here but when he was playing for the magic. Never, never have you ever seen him play with the intensity of Kobe, Jordan or Garnet… He plays hen he feels like playing & smiles & so on but when it comes to real intensity he simply does not have it…
As for the leader of a team, here again he has never shown the ability to be a leader in mannerism or play or anything else… Dwight is simply a good to really good defensive player & at best a average to below average offensive one… (Horrible free throw player without question) Truth is he is a very heavy liability with 5 minutes left in a game where they are ahead meaning he should NOT be left in the game…
The bottom line here is very simple, so much so I can't understand how Mitch & Jim can't see it staring at them… Dwight is NOT the man to rebuild a team around, he is not the man t lead the Lakers into the next dynasty BUT he is the man that can help them do just that…He is the most sought after free agent in this upcoming year & he is the man that can get the Lakers back into the youth movement with young talent & speed…. Send him to the Nets that still love him for not only a great offensive center in Lopez but force them to trade for Wall, Jennings or one of the other super fast young points & send the Lakers both…Dwight alone can put the Lakers back into a place where they will instantly be a top contender rather then a team of old used up players other teams don't want…
Next talk of amnesty is centered around Gasol who earns $19,000,000 a year meaning he leaves & th Lakers get zero in return player wise… NOTHING could be more ridiculous then to dump him on the open market getting nothing player wise in return… Package Gasol, Ebanks together & send them both to the T Wolves for a VERY unhappy Love who is coming off a very serious injury meaning they will pull the plug on the trade… Maybe add Peace to the package & receive Love & Williams both….
Nash is next, a once great player but now a near shell of himself & a shell that will never be anything else… Now if Nash will be the point on the bench along with Clark & Hill then he might be worth keeping BUT most likely he will not be happy meaning he needs to end up playing for a team that thinks they have a shot or simply send him to Toronto for 2104 draft picks….
All of the above seems VERY VERY simple to me so much so that I would be shocked if it don't happen… If Jim Buss wants to build something special now that it is his team to run, the above is where he needs to begin… He can bring Phil in as a special assistant, Byron Scott in to coach the team & he will begin another dynasty.. If he waits till 2014 to try & get LaBron or wade or whoever, it will be the same story again only different players, old men looking for money not wins….

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Kobes tweets:  "Shoot every shot, no passing"

lakersfan1776
lakersfan1776

Fan? KB win percentage .652 with 5 Championships (as a player)-- D'Antoni win percentage .536 with 0 Championships (as a coach). I think KB knows what he is talking about. 

Redfish
Redfish

You can see the problem with the Lakers - too many chiefs and the Indians don't know who to listen to. If Bryant was a Spur he would be where Stephen Jackson is now.