What the Twitter World Is Saying about L.A. Lakers' Mike D'Antoni

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIDecember 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14:  Head coach  Mike D'Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers motions from the bench as Kobe Bryant #24 comes up the floor against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on December 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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When you think of mercurial, the first name that comes to mind is Mike D'Antoni. This comes by virtue of Coach D'Antoni's previous two stints at the helm of major market franchises, each of which have resulted in losing records.

So what's the Twitter world saying about D'Antoni?

With the Los Angeles Lakers securing their 10th win of the season, one might expect Twitter to take kinder to D'Antoni. Unfortunately, social media often presents a platform for less than supportive words to be said.

Here is the feedback D'Antoni has received from Twitter for the first quarter of the 0season.

The Risk of D'Antoni

Thomas De Theay, a former forward for the North Carolina Wolfpack, offered quite the accurate insight into the risk of hiring Mike D'Antoni. As we all know, there is the potential for 100-plus points a night.

From both teams involved in a D'Antoni coached outing.

Thats the risk of hiring Mike D'antoni.... You know you'll score 100+ ppg but at the same time you will also give up 100+ ppg....

— Thomas De Thaey (@de_thaeyGOPACK) December 8, 2012

The mercurial Skip Bayless offered further insight into coach D'Antoni's status as a head coach. He also chipped in his usually controversial comments as to whether D'Antoni was a legitimate offensive genius.

Bayless says no.

Mike D'Antoni way overrated as a coach. Nash MADE him as his coach on the floor. Nash is the real offensive genius. But he's nearly 39.

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 12, 2012

Is there any support for D'Antoni?

New York Knicks-Related

D'Antoni recently lashed out on a reporter for questioning his commitment to defense. He claimed that said reporter was "pissing him off" and proceeded to give him a death stare.

Frank Isola of The New York Daily News had a reaction that is certain to breed some laughs. 

Media is having a lottery to decide which reporter will ask Mike D'Antoni if he worked on defense during the morning shootaround

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) December 14, 2012

Isola, a beat writer for the New York Knicks, also offered insight into how D'Antoni has had a positive impact on the Knicks offense. That, of course, comes after D'Antoni spent four calendar years as the head coach of the Knickerbockers.

Unfortunately, it isn't the help he'd like to provide.

After all this time, Mike D'Antoni finally figured out a way to get the Knicks offense going...by having them play against his defense.

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) December 14, 2012

For one last Knicks-related Tweet, ESPN Stats and Info provided insight into how Mike Woodson has exceeded Mike D'Antoni's level of success. In fact, he's achieved more in 45 games than D'Antoni had in 82.

This isn't "hating," folks. Numbers never lie.

Mike Woodson is 34-11 as Knicks coach. Mike D'Antoni was 32-50 in his first season coaching the Knicks.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 13, 2012

One day Twitter will cut him some slack. One day.

Win Over the Wizards

With the Los Angeles Lakers finally reaching the 10-win plateau, one would think that the Tweets would be positive. Unfortunately, it is Mike D'Antoni himself that has taken an approach of anger.

This comes via Mark Medina of The Los Angeles Daily News.

Mike D'Antoni hardly sounded thrilled with the win over Wizards

— Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) December 15, 2012

Is the entire world so cruel?

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant has offered up his support for Coach D'Antoni. Well, to a degree.

It's only been fun half of the time.

Kobe on Mike D'Antoni: "It’s been fun playing for him. Aside from, you know, the losses."

— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 13, 2012


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