While he’s celebrated as an offensive genius, Mike D’Antoni’s perception is that he’s equally as bad as implementing defense. Proof of that is when the Knicks hired Mike Woodson last year to be a defensive assistant. That was pretty telling. Will there be more of that?
New Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni is expected to reach out to fellow Team USA assistant Nate McMillan as a possible defensive assistant on his staff, a league source said. McMillan, fired as head coach of the Trail Blazers in March, was a presumed candidate for the Lakers’ head coaching vacancy but was never contacted by the team. Pairing D’Antoni and McMillan would strengthen the staff’s connection with Olympians Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard while quelling concerns that D’Antoni is too offense-oriented.