Phil lost the team in 2010 and i really didnt want to watch them flounder while waiting for all the new players to learn the triangle. bringing back phil looked liek trying to go to the well one too many times i think and if even part of what he demanded is true then its a no brainer to go a different direction.
Pringles is an interesting choice if only due to Nash. I never liked those Suns teams of his but that more to do with their lack of a real center than anything else. Howard is a extremely mobile center so i dont see why the Nash/Amare PnR wont succeed even more in LA...and there is still that Kobe guy who can do it all that Pringles never had.
no, Melo is not even close to as complete as Kobe is so i don't count him.
He gets the whole season from me until i pass judgement, how far do they go in the playoffs and how does their season end? that will determine if he is back imo.
I think this is going to work out wonderfully for the Lakers. I feel bad for Brown though, as given injuries and such he never really had a chance to demonstrate whether he could make this team work. Friction with players is a good enough reason to make a change though... in this day and age you need a coach players like, or at least respect enough to accept.
As for D'Antoni's playoff "failures", I think we should temper that label with the fact that the Suns got absolutely jobbed in their series with the Spurs back in the day.
Defense. Spare me the nonsense that D’Antoni doesn’t coach defense, or that his Phoenix teams were terrible defensively. They ranked right around the league average in points allowed per possession during most of his tenure there. Our collective addiction to points per game and (declining) ignorance about pace made it appear the Suns were hemorrhaging points like the Warriors. They weren’t.
Nor were D’Antoni’s Knicks, at least the version that was actually trying to win games instead of engaging in a prolonged LeBron James roster tear-down. The Knicks ranked around ninth or 10th in points allowed per possession when D’Antoni resigned, and though they improved under the defense-first Mike Woodson, the absence of Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony’s sudden decision that earning $20 million meant he should actually try hard, had something to do with that improvement.
Also hearing Nate McMillan could be their defensive assistant too. It wouldn't be a bad staff.