its going to be for a better situation than Miami, in order to play with Bryant.A. said as much in an interview with Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated:"Phil let me know going into the interview [with the Lakers] for me to almost disassociate myself from him that anything that I said about him or the triangle system would hurt me because of his lack of relationship with Jimmy Buss" Shaw said "So when I did interview that was the point that I tried to make about the fact that I had played for Phil only my last four years and that I played for all of these other coaches"That component is important in the grand scheme of things because Mike DAntoni was brought to Los Angeles with the idea that he would make the Purple and Gold the new Showtime The franchise wanted both style and substanceAnd yet they got neither in DAntonis initial season with the team Injuries egos and free agency certainly helped derail those plans Still the teams inability to coalesce under the offensive genius watch certainly falls on DAntonis shoulders Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Steve Nash has spent a lot of time on the sidelines as a member of the Lakers One can point to the fact that he has not had the full services of Steve Nash at his disposal during his tenure with the Lakers and give him a pass Mind you that would be shortsightedThe version of Nash that turned the Phoenix Suns into an offensive juggernaut is gone He has been replaced by a player with an aging body that keeps betraying him Given that DAntonis best seasons coincided with the peak years of Nashs career it creates an intriguing situation for the LakersThe coach they handpicked to help Kobe Bryant win a sixth world title has lost his biggest supporter and best asset The four-time All-Star Game MVP is obviously the Lakers best player but he did not have any part in DAntonis previous success (unless we count his previous postseason appearances against his current head coach)A healthy and productive Nash was always going to tip the scales in his favor No other player has been as successful as the Canadian in running DAntonis spread pick-and-roll offenseGiven that Nash has not been a big part of the offense and probably will not be going forward the coach may as well be as good as goneGranted there is no sense in jettisoning him this year with the low expectations tied to this team However once the offseason hits one has to believe the Lakers will give him the pink slipThe offense has been mediocre in 2013-14 and DAntoni will get part of the blame there Granted the absence of Bryant does him no favors and thus its fair to wonder whether his return will save his head coachMike DAntonis past catches upMike DAntonis past relationships with star players are hardly ideal For instance in his time with the New York Knicks it got to the point that he and Carmelo Anthony could no longer coexist Indeed Marc Berman of the NY Post has the details: Jesse D Garrabrant/Getty Images Carmelo Anthony and Mike D'Antoni was a failed partnership However Tuesday night a source said Anthony and DAntoni spoke in an attempt to reconcile their differences and made headway On Monday night Anthony only wanted to remain a Knick if he had assurances DAntoni wouldnt be back next seasonThis should familiar to Lakers fans because thats pretty much how the Dwight Howard situation unfolded with the Purple and GoldThe big man felt as though he was not featured enough in his lone season in LA and thus he wanted assurances there would be a coaching change in order for him to re-sign with the franchiseBleacher Reports Ric Bucher has the story:"Talks with various people close to the situation make it clear there were two prerequisites for Dwight Howard to remain a Laker: fire Mike D'Antoni and amnesty or at the very least muzzle Kobe Bryant"These juicy details are bound to resurface during the 2014 offseason when the organization will be afforded with what is expected to be north of $40 million in cap room if they renounce all of their free agentsIts worth noting that if Bryant signs an extension it will reduce that figure Still the Lakers will have an opportunity to make a splash with the big names potentially available during the summerHowever DAntoni probably complicates these plans Two superstars have already wanted him removed from teams they played on and also lets not forget that he once famously benched Pau Gasol in the fourth quarter of a gameWhen pressed on the rationale for removing the Spaniard from the lineup he responded:Metta (World Peace) didn't play either" D'Antoni said "So you try to win the game I thought Antawn (Jamison) was playing well and I thought the matchups were Ryan Andersonand three little guys Not even a medium-sized guy we could put him onThese three different situations highlight the fact that DAntoni struggles at times with acquiescing to his best players That will be a difficult obstacle to overcome when management tries selling the Lakers brand and mystique to free agentsWith Nashs career coming to a close and a seemingly inflexible coaching staff in place what could possibly prompt players to join the franchiseYoure guess is as good as mine Thats why DAntoni is probably gone at the end of 2013-14 he did not resemble the player that Mike DAntoni coached with the Phoenix Suns. 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