Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Dismisses Magic Johnson Comments

Mike D'Antoni

It’s no secret that Magic Johnson isn’t happy with the way things are going with the Los Angeles Lakers right now. The former face of the franchise has been very outspoken about the Lakers, recently bashing the team for a number of different reasons.

One thing that Magic seems reluctant to let go is the fact that the Lakers chose to go with Mike D’Antoni as the new head coach over bringing Phil Jackson back for a third stint.

On Tuesday, Magic made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and continued to bash the Lakers. The current owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers expressed frustration with the fact that the team is not being taught how to play defense and once again took a shot at the front office for neglecting to bring back Jackson.

A day after Magic’s comments were aired on Leno, D’Antoni was asked about those comments directed at him according to Shahan Ahmed of NBCLosAngeles.com:

Off the bat, Mike D’Antoni was asked about comments Magic Johnson made on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, accusing D’Antoni of not teaching defense and not being a championship-level coach.

“Next subject,” D’Antoni laughed off the question.

At this point in time, D’Antoni has tuned out Magic and for good reason as his hands are basically tied in terms of what he’s able to do with this team moving forward.

As of right now, there’s no telling what the future holds for D’Antoni in Los Angeles or if this team can turn things around this season or the next. Despite the uncertainty, the Lakers don’t intend to fire D’Antoni anytime soon, but you can count on Magic continuing to criticize the franchise.
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