The Los Angeles Lakers suffered another embarrassing loss last night to the Chicago Bulls in a nationally televised game. The Lakers look like a team that is lost and beyond repair. Their spirit is definitely broken and there are a lot of problems with this team, but the biggest problem is the coach Mike D’Antoni.
D’Antoni has struggled to adjust to the roster he has and hasn’t been able to reach the team. The roster he has isn’t capable of playing the up-tempo style he is trying to implement. The frightening thing about this whole issue is that he hasn’t been unwilling to tweak his style for the roster he has. If that is going to be the case he has to go as soon as possible.
Another problem with Coach D’Antoni is that the players don’t respect him. His rotations are so random and unpredictable the players don’t know what to expect. The role players go from playing 30 minutes a game to getting DNPs which is one of the many reasons why the team is suffering.
The biggest problem with D’Antoni is that he is not willing to even emphasize defense. The games are won on that side of the court. He hasn’t made any improvements in that area for a team that has struggled mightily for a while in that department. He has Kobe Bryant guarding point guards which are a tough task at this point of his career and still expecting his to produce well on the offensive end.
To save face the Lakers must get rid of Coach D’Antoni and go in a different direction. They have made two bad hires in the last two years and they need to start fresh before this off-season and free agency starts.