Mike D'Antoni apparently got the perfect job when the Los Angeles Lakers teamed up Kobe Bryant with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, but things quickly went south for the head coach. D'Antonio witnessed how one of the worst superteams of all time began to fade, finishing the season with some feuds that lasted for many years.
With Frank Vogel's firing taking place this week, D'Antoni was asked about the pressure of being the coach of a superteam. If that's not enough, he was asked about how difficult is to do that in Los Angeles.
The current Brooklyn Nets' head coach joined The Old Man and the Three podcast, breaking down how it felt to coach that Big 3 while touching on all the factors that made his stint at Staples Center an unpleasant one.
"Friction? I thought I was gonna get killed," D'Antoni started laughing. "I would say there was some friction. I just couldn't get them on the same page. They didn't like each other, it was contentious."
"We really didn't have the talent. You want to play Steve [Nash], but he wasn't up to it, then he wasn't even there. Kobe was older, he was toward the end, still good, still great, unbelievable, but a very tough personality."
"He and Dwight didn't mesh, just a lot of things, a tough atmosphere. Things just didn't work," D'Antoni explained. "There's always friction as a coach, especially when things aren't going well."
"You know, winning cures a lot," the coach continued. "Everybody loves everybody on a winning team. Losing is something you have to manage, something you have to get through."
"It's either you win a championship or you're not very good," D'Antoni told JJ Redick. "Not all teams can win a championship, obviously, but their past and everything plays in, it's Hollywood, there's a lot of drama down there."
He left the team on not-so-good terms, finishing a tenure that was expected to bring one or two championships to the Purple and Gold. Things were completely the opposite and D'Antoni doesn't have the best memories of that. The Lakers are once again in a big predicament, trying to fix the disaster they were this season. They're again looking for a new head coach, but it doesn't seem like that's a job D'Antoni would be willing to take.