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Here's what Jeff Van Gundy had to say about Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni - interesting perspective
Van Gundy credits Coach Mike D'Antoni for guiding the Lakers through a challenging year.
"He's never looked to lash out and say, 'Are you guys nuts? I was thrown into this situation and you're going to blame me?''' said Van Gundy. "He's resisted that temptation because it is nuts when you think about it."
Instead, the Lakers have a chance to make the playoffs despite the injuries, coaching changes and chemistry issues.
"They go about their business," said Van Gundy. "They haven't lashed out as they were earlier in the year, pointing fingers of blame. I think they've really conducted themselves very well and I think that, in a large part, has to do with then even-keel demeanor of Mike D'Antoni."
"The easiest thing to do when a team struggles or a team doesn't have the number of wins that their fans expect them to is to start pointing the fingers of blame at coaches," he continued. "That's easier to stomach than just to say, 'We're in a little bit more of a down period. We don't have a real good team this year.' I think that's where the Lakers are."