Mitnick: Lessons learned from D’Antoni, Messina and Donewald at International Coaching Clinic


LAS VEGAS — When the Golden State Warriors won the 2015 NBA title, it became official — the slow it down and throw the ball inside style of play is a thing of the past, and pushing the ball and spacing the floor is the way of the future. Here in the NBA’s de facto summer capital, Mike D’Antoni, Ettore Messina and Bob Donewald shared some of their secrets on how their international experience has helped them positively influence the NBA game. With


Scotto: As Knicks Flounder, Woodson Flourishes

Mike Woodson Clippers

NEW YORK – It is rare when an assistant coach steals the show at an NBA game, but that is exactly what Mike Woodson did in his victorious return to Madison Square Garden. Less than a year after being fired by the perpetually rebuilding New York Knicks, Woodson was back in The Big Apple, riding shotgun alongside Doc Rivers on the staff of the title-contending Los Angeles Clippers. He met the voracious New York media before the game, then made a surprise


Scotto: Jeremy Lin Keeping ‘Options Open’ Amid Struggles With Lakers

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NEW YORK – Nearly three years ago to the date, Jeremy Lin began his rise as a worldwide icon during “Linsanity.” Lin had Madison Square Garden buzzing like Times Square on New Year’s Eve on a nightly basis. Three years later, Lin returned to the Garden on Sunday as a bench player on a struggling Lakers team headed for the lottery while keeping his “options open” heading into unrestricted free agency this summer. [Read more…]


Five Things To Watch: Los Angeles Lakers

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Over the last 35 years, the Los Angeles Lakers have been the gold standard for success, not just in the NBA, but across the Big Four sports in America. That’s the big picture. Little picture? The Lakers last season set a new standard for futility: 55 losses, more than any other team in franchise history. Nearly from start to finish, the 2013-14 campaign was a disaster of injuries and ire, much of it directed at owner and basketball operations head Jim


Tweet of the Day: Byron Scott Has LA Lakers Focused On Conditioning

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Lakers players make sure their feet hit the line while running suicide sprints. The Los Angeles Lakers have opened training camp and held their first practice under new head coach Byron Scott on Tuesday. Scott’s approach is markedly different from that of previous coach Mike D’Antoni. Scott is more disciplined and structured, and so, it seems, are his practices. Big difference in coaching style, D’Antoni kept it light, breezy & fun – Scott is establishing discipline, hard work &


SH Blog: Durant accepts “Mr. Unreliable” headline, Sterling has cancer and doesn’t know why the public is upset with him

Kevin Durant

The picture above – The Oklahoman newspaper with the headline “Mr. Unreliable” to describe hometown hero Kevin Durant – caused a serious stir around the league on Thursday for obvious reasons. It’s one thing for anyone else to describe Durant with such a negative connotation, but for his hometown paper to do so for a guy that has done such incredible things for the organization? Naturally, many were upset, and it caused editor Mike Sherman of The Oklahoman to come out with


NBA on TNT’s Reggie Miller Gives Colleague Steve Kerr Advice


For weeks the talk has been almost exclusively whether or not TNT’s color commentator Steve Kerr would consider, if not outright accept, the vacant coaching job with new President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks. Now, after two underwhelming seasons—failing to win a single postseason game, let alone make the 2014 NBA Playoffs, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni resigned Wednesday. The move, unexpected as it was, seemed to have been prompted by his displeasure with the


VIDEO: Adios, Mike D’Antoni; That Was Some Legacy You Left


So we close the door on the Mike D’Antoni era in Los Angeles. OK, we slam the door. At least that is what we would do if we were Lakers fans, whose hopes were astronomically high at the start of the D’Antoni era, and whose egos and now black and blue after the worst season in franchise history. The Lakers had nine non-sellouts, set a team record for losses (55), dropped a game against the Clippers by 48 points, and became second-class