Mike D'Antoni Finally Has His Say

By David Charnley
Chris Humphreys-US Presswire

The Los Angeles Lakers season has been somewhat of a circus show as the Lakeshow has struggled to a 15-16 start.

Nothing has gone straight forward for the franchise, as the season promised to be one of the best in the last couple of years with the likes of superstars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash arriving in town. A slow start to the season, an injury to Nash and the sacking of Mike Brown was not the start that any fan across the NBA would have expected.

Laker fans were right to be disappointed and it was no surprise that the bad start was to the amusement of fans from across the country.

Everyone has had an opinion on what is happening down in LA, whether it be Magic Johnson or Kobe Bryant, who has recently declared the side ‘old’ and ‘slow.’ Well, it is no surprise that coach Mike D’Antoni should have his own say on what is happening.

D’Antoni is still in an experimental stage trying to find what is best for his current roster and admits that the offense still needs work, as well as the defense.

D’Antoni does not want to run specific plays to get his players shots. Instead, he is focused on a free-flowing offense and one that requires his players to react to what happens on the court.

“The ball will find him. We don’t have to call a lot of plays, [Dwight] will be open,” D’Antoni said.

“We don’t want to call people’s numbers.  We don’t want to isolate.  We don’t want to go, ‘OK, you’re going here,’ ‘We’re going there.’  We want to play basketball.  We have basketball players and everybody plays off each other.  Some nights it’s [Howard].  Some nights it’s Kobe [Bryant].  Some nights it’s Steve. Everybody contributes, and to me, another team can’t scout you because you’re just playing.”

If the Lakers are to penetrate the latter stages of the playoffs then D’Antoni needs to get what he says right and get the likes of the big names–Kobe, Howard and Nash–firing because time is running out to get the recipe correct.

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