As we all know by now, the Los Angeles Lakers have gone through a slew of changes in the last six months. For a team that is known for stability and consistency, the Lakers have been anything but recently. In the last few months, the Lakers acquired Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, fired Mike Brown, hired Mike D’Antoni and have changed offensive philosophies to the extreme.
For those who don’t know, the fan base of the Lakers is very extreme. One way or another, any move the Lakers make has the fans in frenzy. With all of the additions the team has made, people seem to forget that it takes time to meld and build chemistry as a unit. As a team it takes at least three months to figure out new teammates and how they play. With all the media and attention the team has received, people are expecting perfection and it’s just not fair.
When D’Antoni was hired, he was brought into a situation where the team was under-performing and was in need of a change. He also brought a totally different offense which is going to take time to get acclimated to. Also, the person who is going to run the offense is out for a while with a leg injury.
D’Antoni as well has to adjust to new personnel because he has never had a center like Howard or a shooting guard like Kobe Bryant. As a coach, it’s going to take time for D’Antoni to adjust his lineups and rotations to see who fits his system.
The overall view of the Lakers suggests that they need to be reevaluated right around the all-star break. There is too much going on and way too early to make any serious judgments about this team. Patience is going to be key for the media and also fans because the NBA season is a marathon not a sprint.
A key tip for Laker fans is to just relax a bit. There is no need to overreact to games that are taking place in November. Once there is a large sample size of this team then we can make some intelligent observations.