Hiring D'Antoni was dumb and shortsighted. Whoever was in charge of that made a horrible call. I don't care if Dr.Buss approved it. But the insane hatred for D'Antoni is misplaced. No, he isn't the worst coach ever. Frankly I don't think he could even do very much. He had the wrong personell, no offseason or camp, was unfamiliar with the roster and had an unprecedented injury curse. He did solve a few problems, and had the team playing effectively with several different lineups through the year. Kobe's minutes were a problem, but they were a problem under Brown too.
That being said, 75% injuries and general health. This was an absolutely broken roster from day 1. It was the Windows Vista of the NBA. Kobe being a legendary player covered for a lot, but the team was in far worse shape than anyone wanted to admit.
As far as players go - The bench played like a bench, Kobe did his part, D12 improved consistently and Clark faded late but still had a great run.
To me, Nash was the player that most let the lakers down. It probably wasn't even his fault with all the injuries and age. But he was an absolute non factor in pretty much every important game I watched. Absolute non factor.
Another thing to keep in mind: The Lakers just hired two former coaches of the year. Yeah yeah, I know, Brown just rode LeBron, D'Antoni just rode Nash, those awards are jokes and both coaches are playoff losers.
But really, think about that. Two former coaches of the year. The awards DO mean something, and DO represent professionals at the highest level being celebrated by their peers. Neither of those men are just armchair GMs on a message board brought in to do damage to the franchise. So, to everyone having a fit over D'Antoni being the worst ever... Take a breath and get some perspective. Yes, we should have hired Phil Jackson (the greatest coach of all time) but it isn't like the Lakers have been hiring from the local labor poole either.