D’Antoni Won’t Sit Dwight Howard During Hack-a-Dwight

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Katie
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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 9:00 am

Mike D’Antoni Won’t Sit Dwight Howard During Hack-a-Dwight

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

It’s a familiar scene of late: the Los Angeles Lakers are locked in a tight game, and teams smartly begin to foul Dwight Howard, which then derails everything.

Howard missed 8 of 16 attempts from the charity stripe in Houston last night, and the Lakers lost their second in a row (dropping them to 1-5 on the road this season.)

Despite repeated calls from fans and media to take the big fella out when opponents start to Hack-a-Dwight in the fourth quarter, head coach Mike D’Antoni flatly disagrees with the suggestion. Not too surprisingly, so does Howard.

From the LA Times:

Howard was forced to answer the same questions he had two nights earlier, when the Orlando Magic employed the same tactic in another Lakers loss. Was he expecting to be fouled? How frustrating was it? What’s his take on that strategy? “Everybody’s trying to win,” said a subdued Howard, who made five of 10 free throws in the final minutes and eight of 16 overall.

“If they’re going to intentionally foul Dwight,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said, “we have to figure out how to try to use that to our advantage in some way.” Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni was incredulous when a reporter relayed a question from Lakers fans who wondered why D’Antoni didn’t remove Howard from the game. “Because they have no clue what they’re talking about,” D’Antoni said. “It’s pretty simple. You don’t do that to a guy and he made his foul shots. He’s not the reason that our defense breaks down. He’s not the reason that stuff happens. He’s got to work through this. If you take him out now, then what are you going to do? Are you going to take him out all the time? You’ve got a player who’s going to be your franchise player, you don’t do that to him. And it’s not him that’s causing the problem.”

A bigger concern for the Lakers than Dwight Howard’s clanks from the free-throw line, is their atrocious fourth-quarter defense. They gave up 34 points to the Houston Rockets last night, after letting the Orlando Magic score 40 in the final period on Monday night.

Mike D’Antoni is counting on Steve Nash to help right this ship. Nash can certainly make his freebies and run the offense, but the team has problems in many other areas.

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Katie
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Their you have it folks,Mike D'Antoni is sticking with Dwight no matter what.I hope it works out for the Lakers.

steven18
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well it looks like dwights confidence is more important than winning the game. I just hope that by playoff time, he figures it out

makeman
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That coach knows who is the cause of the lakers problems but he wants to keep his job. This isn't by NO WAY D12 fault, he has been great for lakers. And I agree with the coach u can't always take Howard out when they start to foul him. That sub in and out thing will be a game killer. Plus everyone knew about Howard's fts b4 he got here so let's not go there. If the team was playing how they are suppose to be playing and handling their business, games would not even be close.

Now I understand why the coach keep saying he wants Nash back so bad, he knows first hand he has to get the ball out this nut job hands or he's out a job again.

trialsNtribulations
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He's the coach. He can do as he wishes. Next!

SourceCode
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he shouldn't sit him; yesterday, dwight made enough for the team to win.

lakerdudeinindy
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trialsNtribulations wrote:
He's the coach. He can do as he wishes. Next!

Very true. But I am also curious after the Carmelo Anthony debacle in New York is D'Antoni ready to spar with a superstar? That has GOT to be still fresh in his mind and is probably toeing the proverbial line as far as calling out what needs to be called out. Is that an excuse for a coach? No, but I wondered if that might have a little to do with D'Antoni not addressing some things. Not all things though, no matter what anyone says talent or not this team is in transition and it will take some time to gel.

KobeForGOAT
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Intentional fouls should be punished as a flagrant ... the rules sucks

AChad92
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It's good he doesn't sit him, because Dwight needs to learn how to handle the pressure and he will only get better. Sitting him would be running away from the problems and facing them is better.

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lakerdudeinindy wrote:
trialsNtribulations wrote:
He's the coach. He can do as he wishes. Next!

Very true. But I am also curious after the Carmelo Anthony debacle in New York is D'Antoni ready to spar with a superstar? That has GOT to be still fresh in his mind and is probably toeing the proverbial line as far as calling out what needs to be called out. Is that an excuse for a coach? No, but I wondered if that might have a little to do with D'Antoni not addressing some things. Not all things though, no matter what anyone says talent or not this team is in transition and it will take some time to gel.

^^Yep, pretty much...

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Bill Parcels once said, “You are what your record says you are”. In tonight’s game against the Houston Rockets the Los Angeles Lakers led by as many as 17 points. They were up 13 with under 10 minutes to play, yet they still found a way to lose. Twenty-two percent of the season is now gone and the Lakers are an extremely disappointing 8-10, 3-5 under Mike D’Antoni. Although the Hack-a-Howard strategy appears to be effective, it’s not the ultimate reason for the Lakers’ struggles. Dwight Howard is a career 58% free throw shooter. That’s not going to change. If it were a choice he would’ve made it by now. He’s not going to wake up one day and be better at it. And if coaching or sports psychology worked in that department, then it wouldn’t be an issue for so many NBA players. Although he’s shooting 46.5% from the line right now, that only translates to him making 1.3 less of them per contest. But that one point is only the tip of the iceberg. There are so many reasons why the Lakers are struggling and they can best be summarized in five kindergarten classroom expectations. 1. Respect. We are taught to be kind with our words and our actions. As a former educator, I asked my students to be respectful. It’s easier to follow directions if you are asked in a respectful manner. If you are yelled at, cussed out, or ridiculed, it doesn’t motivate you to listen. In fact, it makes it harder and even less likely to comply even if the words are coming from an authority figure. Kobe's “put on your big boy pants” comment was meant to light a fire under Pau Gasol. Although Kobe clearly took a page from the Phil Jackson playbook by using the media....

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He needs to sit if he can't make them.

Terrible decision by Antoni.

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Katie wrote:
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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 9:00 am

Mike D’Antoni Won’t Sit Dwight Howard During Hack-a-Dwight

......He’s got to work through this. If you take him out now, then what are you going to do? Are you going to take him out all the time? You’ve got a player who’s going to be your franchise player, you don’t do that to him. And it’s not him that’s causing the problem.”

I've said it before, I don't disagree with D'Antoni's strategy. Dwight wasn't the reason why we lost the game against Houston. It was the defense. How did we let 2 bench players score 43 points!? Harden, Parsons, and Lin all didn't have a good night and they still won!? I mean come on, Greg Smith scored 13 points in the 4th quarter alone. That can't happen.

Now I'm not saying this is all on Kobe, but everybody knows he takes possessions off on defense. I understand he does it to conserve energy he's our main facilitator. Hopefully that's one of the main things that changes when Nash and Blake get back. Kobe can still be a lock down defender when he's dialed in. The problem is he takes a lot of possessions off.

The rotations are another big problem. Dwight has said so himself. He can't be expected to rotate over to guard the rim and have his man there for an easy layup or put back. That just can't happen.

I know we have the 7th best defense when it comes to PPG allowed, but allowing teams to come back and win the game in the 4th quarter cannot and should not happen.

TheLegendaryDino
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i think d'antoni wants to prepare howard and give him confident to make his freethrows in normal games than panicking during playoffs when howard get fouled.

R.M.P
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OK can we stop with the "Antoni" thing its so cheesy and were better then that, also when Dwight eventually works his way through his FT shooting struggles hack-a-Howard will disappear but until then our 4th quarters should be all about our defense were losing games because we giving up huge 4th quarter points not because Dwight is missing FT's but because we don't stop teams from scoring on us when we need to. You have to agree with D'Antoni's decision to not take Howard out because then we lose our defensive presence in the paint for basically the whole 4th quarter and don't say Jordan Hill can fill in for Dwight until the final 2 minutes, he is nowhere near Dwight and he isn't exactly Nash at the FT line either.

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If Shaq could sit then D12 can sit in crunch time. Any opposing coach that does not use a Hack a Dwight in crunch time is nuts,

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KobeForGOAT wrote:
Intentional fouls should be punished as a flagrant ... the rules sucks

EXACTLY! This is the solution. Make each one cost $10,000.00 so the team has to decide if it's worth it to play the game that way....

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I'd sit him when they start it, know why? We have a pretty sick (usually) "backup" Center in Gasol. This keeps Jamison on the floor and lets Pau go to work. Pau hits his free throws, so they won't consider the same strategy.

As far as arguing the rule... well, I'm not against strategic play. I mean, who complains about the rule other than Lakers fans? Not many that I see. The onus should be on the multi-million dollar contract earning PLAYER to step his game up, not the league to account for a players deficiencies. If it was another teams problem, I guarantee we wouldn't care or hope for a change.

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SLaKKJaW wrote:
I'd sit him when they start it, know why? We have a pretty sick (usually) "backup" Center in Gasol. This keeps Jamison on the floor and lets Pau go to work. Pau hits his free throws, so they won't consider the same strategy.

As far as arguing the rule... well, I'm not against strategic play. I mean, who complains about the rule other than Lakers fans? Not many that I see. The onus should be on the multi-million dollar contract earning PLAYER to step his game up, not the league to account for a players deficiencies. If it was another teams problem, I guarantee we wouldn't care or hope for a change.

San Antonio just got fined $250K for sending 4 players home due to the expectations of the fans. The hack a Dwight similarly diminishes the game 'for the fans'. I do suspect that the payers of salaries do maintain this priority.

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Skyeword wrote:
SLaKKJaW wrote:
I'd sit him when they start it, know why? We have a pretty sick (usually) "backup" Center in Gasol. This keeps Jamison on the floor and lets Pau go to work. Pau hits his free throws, so they won't consider the same strategy.

As far as arguing the rule... well, I'm not against strategic play. I mean, who complains about the rule other than Lakers fans? Not many that I see. The onus should be on the multi-million dollar contract earning PLAYER to step his game up, not the league to account for a players deficiencies. If it was another teams problem, I guarantee we wouldn't care or hope for a change.

San Antonio just got fined $250K for sending 4 players home due to the expectations of the fans. The hack a Dwight similarly diminishes the game 'for the fans'. I do suspect that the payers of salaries do maintain this priority.

David Stern was interviewed by the Hornets broadcasters (Joel Meyers!) during the game about this very issue. He brought up making off the ball foul 2+possession for the entire game instead of the last 2 minutes, and was almost unanimously shot down by the competition committee.

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On another note, watched the Knicks wax da shyt out of the Heat on their own court. What I noticed is that the Knicks are running D'Antoni's system except they play D and they have better overall Point Guards. Beat them handedly without Melo. They are for real!!!

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userpete1037 wrote:
On another note, watched the Knicks wax da shyt out of the Heat on their own court. What I noticed is that the Knicks are running D'Antoni's system except they play D and they have better overall Point Guards. Beat them handedly without Melo. They are for real!!!

Yes indeed....Though I admire what Duhon is doing out there and have a new found respect for him. He not much of a scoring threat and the frontline weakness on D will remain for the Lakers no matter who the Lakers have at the PG. Nash quite frankly will be the worst of all. Westbrook will fly past him so quickly he's have to scrape him out of his teeth.

The Manhattan Knicks are for real and so too are the Brooklyn Nets.

Lastly regarding Laker defense, they play defense with the same attitude that they bring on the offensive end, that is, it's in bursts rather than a steady flow of consistent effort. Nearly every guard has career games against the Lakers.

A true snapshot of key people is that Kobe is playing brilliantly despite being less careful while passing and dribbling, D'Antoni's rotations make less sense than Coach Brown, Pau is mentally and emotionally retired, Metta will shine if recognized, Nash will average 8/6/1 and have virtually no impact, and Dwight Howard is not a franchise player because his IQ is just too low. He's a smiling brute and is dang stupid on the court. The Lakers on the court are not the Laker team that was conceived on paper.


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