Mike D'Antoni's system is great for regular season, not playoffs - Stephen A. | First Take


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  • Patrick Chen
    Patrick Chen  2 months back

    If D'Antoni was the head coach of the Celtics with Billy Donovan as the defensive coach, Celtics would hands down have the best record in the NBA.

    • Ven Em
      Ven Em  2 months back

      5:40 - how Stephen A likes his women

      • Alexander Kelly
        Alexander Kelly  2 months back

        Step back step back step back step back

        • Greg Washington
          Greg Washington  2 months back

          dont forget if Iggy stays healthy Warriors would have possibly won in 5 last playoffs

          • Stanley H
            Stanley H  2 months back

            2019 NBA Finals: Raptors vs Warriors

            • Oscar et sa guitare
              Oscar et sa guitare  2 months back

              You can’t win in playoffs playing iso ball 90% of the time, playoffs is team basketball

              • Richard Turner
                Richard Turner  2 months back

                *player goes for a fastbreak*
                *player under D'Antoni system goes for a foul*
                *mike summoms player to him*
                Mike:we dont do that here
                Me: that would explain the lack of defense from harden

                • Jon Quist
                  Jon Quist  2 months back

                  Sometimes while I hear SAS talk, I'm surprised I'm understanding the words

                  • A P
                    A P  2 months back

                    I just want to point out the fact that Stephen A. said that GS would've won that series no matter what and there's no evidence to the contrary. And there is also people in the comments talking about how Max is all hypothetical. These are the same people that say, every single time the 2016 finals are mentioned, that GS would've won if Draymond never went down. It just shows the hypocrisy.

                    • Jacob Vaughters
                      Jacob Vaughters  2 months back

                      It's hard to fully agree with this when we all know the rockets should have made the finals last year

                      • mwebtex
                        mwebtex  2 months back

                        I don’t understand the argument. Two teams make it to the finals every year. Most coaches in the league have never been to the conference finals much less the league finals. D’Antoni has had consistent success making it to the later rounds of the playoffs for several of the years he has coached. His “system” was a few made 3 ‘s or a Chris Paul injury away from beating one of the better teams in the history of the league so that doesn’t count for something? Seems to me that his system has had quite a bit of success considering. Everyone wants to be the champ but there’s only one and a lot of that depends on being in the right place at the right time. An injury here or there, a key pick up before the trade deadline, who you end up playing in the playoffs and their injury situation, etc, are keys to winning it all. Most teams don’t get all the “keys” they need. Teams can’t force players to play for them (maybe in trades for a time) but especially in free agency or buyouts. D’Antoni’s system is not the problem it’s just the nature of basketball that is the issue.

                        • Julius Ulit
                          Julius Ulit  2 months back

                          This is common knowledge c'mon man

                          • Han Hattori Hanzo
                            Han Hattori Hanzo  2 months back

                            Made it to the WCF's 🤷🏻‍♂️

                            • 2 PAC
                              2 PAC  2 months back

                              you can learn a lot from Stephen A and max they are always using big words

                              • Saul Carrasco
                                Saul Carrasco  2 months back

                                If robert horry didnt check nash and stern rob the suns dantoni and nash would have a ring

                                • Smallvillefreak616
                                  Smallvillefreak616  2 months back

                                  Max: “He can win playing this style, IF they lower the usage rate.”

                                  High usage rate is the style.

                                  • Iso Joe
                                    Iso Joe  2 months back

                                    The only team to take gsw to a 7 game series and wouldve beat them in game 7 if the goldenstate refs didnt ruin it for Houston and this idiot says theyre not good in playoffs??

                                    • 2 PAC
                                      2 PAC  2 months back


                                      • Big- Texas
                                        Big- Texas  2 months back

                                        The Rockets beat the Warriors twice in season.

                                        • Greg Patton
                                          Greg Patton  2 months back

                                          Kobe Bryant should be the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers

                                          • Kenny DaVocalist
                                            Kenny DaVocalist  3 months back

                                            How can’t they, and they almost beat them last year in 7

                                            • RD Studio
                                              RD Studio  3 months back

                                              Im just waiting for Boogie to punch Harden in the face

                                              • bob bib
                                                bob bib  3 months back

                                                I think the moment a playoff spot is secure you shut Harden down to 10-15 mins a game until the playoff. this way by playoff time you have a bunch of playoff ready (at least minutes wise) players and Harden rested enough to make a push in the playoffs

                                                • King Trucker 9000
                                                  King Trucker 9000  3 months back

                                                  D'antoni is the Chip Kelly of basketball. One trick pony to me. PG iso, pick n pop, only one defensive player (shawn marion, trevor Ariza)

                                                  • Gabriel Leung
                                                    Gabriel Leung  3 months back

                                                    Harden can average 40 a game and they won't win the championship. Remember that year when Kobe won the MVP and broke all sorts of records (81pt game, 9 games in a row with 40, 4 games in a row with 50) and I don't think he even got past the first round in the playoffs.

                                                    • No Kia
                                                      No Kia  3 months back

                                                      Wtf. Rockets has one of the slowest pace in the NBA for 2 seasons.

                                                      • ben lakh
                                                        ben lakh  3 months back

                                                        D'antoni is the Russel Westbrook of coaching.
                                                        even if this year Russ moderate himself and played well with other, that's not have been the case for
                                                        D'Antoni who strugling and have only one way of thinking, shoots quick, reflexions for later.

                                                        • Joel Villalpando
                                                          Joel Villalpando  3 months back

                                                          Is max still saying the same shit!”....worst shooting night no cp3 blah blah blah..”Don’t get me wrong I hate the warriors but it’s always his argument against them losing against golden state

                                                          • don brassco
                                                            don brassco  3 months back

                                                            Harden no kobe..

                                                            • Abshir Rageh
                                                              Abshir Rageh  3 months back

                                                              Enough with rockets lost in 7 without CP3 argument. Warriors fumbled game 4 & 5 losing by 3-4 points. Warriors adjusted to injuries and Rockets didn't.

                                                              • JHatch65
                                                                JHatch65  3 months back

                                                                Max loves to say "Houston would have won if CP-2 played..." Dude, using the same logic, the Warriors would have won in 5 if Igoudala didn't get hurt in the game 3 beat-down (Warriors won by 41!), so the point you are trying to make is moot.

                                                                • Jack O'Lantern
                                                                  Jack O'Lantern  2 months back

                                                                  +theo perry he was right though iggy bring more than stats
                                                                  like how the rockets drop in defense just losing Ariza

                                                                • theo perry
                                                                  theo perry  2 months back

                                                                  JHatch65 dude Iggy was the reason 4 all stars needed to beat harden and cp3 in 5 cmon

                                                              • Anakin Cloutwalker
                                                                Anakin Cloutwalker  3 months back

                                                                Is Stephen A lying tho ? It’s been proven already

                                                                • willburd bath
                                                                  willburd bath  3 months back

                                                                  as a rockets fan i hate mike dantoni so much. he’s such a bad coach

                                                                  • willburd bath
                                                                    willburd bath  3 months back

                                                                    I LOVE YOU STEPHEN

                                                                    • willburd bath
                                                                      willburd bath  3 months back

                                                                      I LOVE YOU MAX

                                                                      • Notorious Mac life
                                                                        Notorious Mac life  3 months back

                                                                        This is the 10000000 time max talks about cp3 getting hurt before game 7

                                                                        • UndertheGarage Detail
                                                                          UndertheGarage Detail  3 months back

                                                                          You don't say SAS, you don't say. Been saying this shit since DAntoni was with the Lakers. Even Kobe Bean Byrant knew this shit. Who the fuck plays basketball but can't play defense at the same time. Dumbass system is that. How long has Mike DAntoni been coaching for? How many coaches and players preach defense win championships? Offensive genius for one specific player, but doesn't realize deep in playoffs you get screwed over with the same game plan every game

                                                                          • Gabriel Jones
                                                                            Gabriel Jones  3 months back

                                                                            Mike Dantoni was Kobe’s favorite player when he was young you ass

                                                                            • MrBestard
                                                                              MrBestard  3 months back

                                                                              Harden is not a great defender, he fits in Mike 's system perfectly. I think they are missing a high mobility forward who can score.

                                                                              • Chin Chukwu
                                                                                Chin Chukwu  3 months back

                                                                                i've been saying it since day one. mike d'antoni/james harden/houston rockets will NEVER win a championship. rocket fans are kidding themselves. mike d'antoni = most overrated coach in the league. james harden = most overrated player (ooops, i mean star) in the leage....WITHOUT A DOUBT.

                                                                                • Wad Jay
                                                                                  Wad Jay  3 months back

                                                                                  How’s his system not good?They made it to game 7 last year? What if they won? They would have won. Not to mention in the past they almost made it with the suns. They were close. They didn’t get blown out in the western conference finals. Other teams were better. This system can win.

                                                                                  • killerbee29 TV
                                                                                    killerbee29 TV  3 months back

                                                                                    What will Harden do if he got 29 points in a rocket blow out game against an average team in a league. The ball is in his hands with 10 seconds remaining and the game is clearly over! Is he gonna shoot the ball even he disrespected the opposing team just to continue the 30+ streak? hmmm I bet you know. LOL

                                                                                    • Adam Granados
                                                                                      Adam Granados  3 months back

                                                                                      Harden averages 6 more ast then Kobe

                                                                                      • 2quick4 u
                                                                                        2quick4 u  3 months back

                                                                                        Excuse me Houston is not playing like last year, Houston played a faster pace and they were a top 6 defensive team while this year because of Harden's extreme ISO, they play way slower and also they are one of the worst defensive teams in the league...

                                                                                        • Corey Cuffee
                                                                                          Corey Cuffee  3 months back

                                                                                          If I was on the show and Steven A Talked To me how he talks to Max, we would’ve been fought

                                                                                          • Jerald Manalastas
                                                                                            Jerald Manalastas  3 months back

                                                                                            Sometimes I wonder what if OKC paid Harden the extra 5 mill to keep him from leaving. Just imagine, Westbrook, Durant, Ibaka, Harden and Adams. How many championships would they have won together?

                                                                                            • tka060681
                                                                                              tka060681  3 months back

                                                                                              harden playing this way will help the rockets come playoffs time, last season he choked, this season I am sure he will be more confident in scoring in tight game.

                                                                                              • tka060681
                                                                                                tka060681  3 months back

                                                                                                this is very unrespectful to Mike d'antoni. if not Robert horry dirty play and Chris Paul injury, he could be a two times champion already.