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Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Will Mike D’Antoni Listen To New Assistants?

By Brian Ethridge, Posted: 07/29/13 06:17PM EDT
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Mike D'Antoni calls it quits.(Photo : Reuters)

The Los Angeles Lakers have not done much to improve their roster of players this offseason, but that has not kept them from addressing their coaching staff. On Monday, rumors were proven true when the team officially announced that both Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis joined the team as assistant coaches.

"Kurt is a great basketball mind, extremely good at working with big men, and his experience as a head coach in this league is going to prove very helpful to our staff," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said in a statement.

"Johnny is a two-time NBA head coach with years of experience playing as well as coaching in this league," D'Antoni said. "The vast array of NBA knowledge he brings to the table will be invaluable to us."

There is no doubt that the Lakers are getting two outstanding assistants. Rambis has eight championship rings as a player, coach and front-office executive combined. Lately he has been serving ESPN as one of their main NBA analysts.

As for Johnny Davis, he has over 20 years of NBA coaching experience. He serves as the head coach of the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers in the past.

The question isn't whether or not Davis and Rambis are good coaches. What everyone wants to know is whether or not D'Antoni will be willing to listen to them.

D'Antoni does have a reputation around the NBA as an arrogant and cocky coach who often refuses to listen to anyone else because he believes he has all of the answers. By all means, the additions of Rambis and Davis should help the Lakers, but they ultimately it will be up to D'Antoni. If he doesn't listen to them, there was no point in ever hiring them in the first place.

The 2013-14 NBA season will be a very entertaining one for anyone following the Los Angeles Lakers. Will they tank this season or actually attempt a playoff run?


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