NBA Rumor: Mike D'Antoni as an assistant in Cleveland?


When Mike D’Antoni decided to walk away from the Los Angeles Lakers, it was no shock to see that other teams were mildly interested in his services. But if those head coaching jobs don’t work in Mike’s favor, there’s likely a position on the Cleveland Cavaliers bench if he’s willing according to Anthony Lima:

While, based solely on my evaluations, D’Antoni has been a good head coach in the NBA, there’s a chance he could be an even better assistant coach, playing the role of an offensive coordinator as the tweet says. Take a look at the Los Angeles Clippers for example. When Doc Rivers was traded for, Rivers brought in Alvin Gentry to sure up the offense while he handled the defense and personalities that were on the Clippers. The role as assistant head coach allowed Gentry to focus on one area and it paid dividends as the Clippers offense took leaps this season compared to the previous year.

Last season the Cleveland Cavaliers finished 23rd in offensive rating and 21st in assist ratio. Early on those troubles could be linked to Andrew Bynum, but the struggles existed throughout the entire season. This is Mike’s area of expertise. For years he’s been able to field teams that thrived in high-paced situations.

Looking at the Cavs roster they have fits that’d thrive under Mike. Their guards (Irving, Waiters, Jack) would work in a high-tempo offense. The bigs (Bennett, Varejao, Zeller, Thompson) are equipped to run the floor. The only weak spot, the wings, would also receive a boost, but this is an area that’ll improve as the Cavs have a solid pick in the draft and some cap space going into the summer.

At the moment, nothing is guaranteed. The Cavaliers are getting themselves in order as they’ve solidified their general manager position, allowing David Griffin to maintain the position. The idea of D’Antoni in a conserved role where his one job is to construct an above-average offense is a brilliant one and if the Cavs can pull this one off, they’re chances of making the playoffs will jump around 10 percent.


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  • Eazy

    A little proofreading wouldn’t hurt… There is a half sentance that was started but never finished, that’s top notch writing right there.

    For years he’s been able to field teams that thrived in high-paced situations. Even with the

    Looking at the Cavs roster they have fits that’d thrive under Mike. Their guards (Irving,

    Haha clowns.

  • Gary Schlager

    Dumb. Why wouldn’t you just make him head coach and bring in a massive defensive assistant. He isn’t going to be an assistant coach. He should have instantly been the Warrriors new coach but that owner is buddies with Kerr. Which will turn out to be a total disaster and they will wish they had a D’Antoni considering their roster was made for him.