"This is a good team that just for whatever reason can't collectively mentally get stimulated to [play hard] every time," D'Antoni said after the Lakers wasted an 18-point first-half lead. "I told them today, we put our hands in [the huddle], and you guys have probably seen it, we say, 'Championship,' and go out [on the floor]. That's laughable. Championship? You got to be kidding me. Nobody understands the importance of every possession offensively and defensively. Every time they got to come out with some kind of determination to be a good basketball team, and [until] then, we're just, we're fooling ourselves. Right now, that's what we're doing. We're just making a 'sham-mockery' out of it."
You're the coach who should be mentally stimulating them...
Just for fun, D'Antoni's career coaching record is 419-368 (.532), but over the last five seasons he's 152-196 (.437) on teams in New York and LA that were expected to do good things. He had two seasons over .500 coaching 2010-2011 Knicks where they were 42-40 made the playoffs and got swept and this season where he's currently 31-29.
Steve Nash joined the Suns in the 2004-2005 and preceded to win 62 games that season, up from 41 total wins the season before and he won his first of two consecutive MVP awards. Without Steve Nash, D'Antoni has a record of 187-272 for a .407 win percentage. With Nash he's 263-125 (.678).
If you look at just D'Antoni minus Nash and his .407 win percentage, that would be the the 10th worst all time for a coach with at least 300 games. His .678 with Nash would be 4th best all time behind Phil Jackson, Billy Cunningham, and Greg Poppovich.
The Lakers probably should have waited on Phil. Or have just let Bernie Bickerstaff keep the job.