Report: Mike D’Antoni Wants Nate McMillan or Alvin Gentry on Staff

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According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni plans to add some popular names to his coaching staff to help fix the team’s woes on the defensive end of the floor.

 With the Lakers in full-on evaluation mode after getting swept in the first round by the Spurs, coach Mike D’Antoni is actively exploring his long-standing desire to add a defensive-minded assistant. D’Antoni’s first choice is believed to be McMillan. But with the fellow Team USA assistant expected to land a head coaching job, coaching sources believe D’Antoni will get the green light to add former Suns coach Alvin Gentry to his staff for next season.

For much of the season the Lakers defense was non existent. It’s no secret that that aspect of the game isn’t one of D’Antoni’s strengths, in fact most would consider it a weakness, so it had to be addressed.

The Lakers will also need to add more defensive-minded players to the roster if they are to improve at that end of the floor. Another reason why they were so atrocious defensively, was due to a lack of quickness and the fact that a lot of the players in their rotation are on the down side of their careers and can’t keep up with younger, faster teams.