D'Antoni: "I hate when guys say, 'I didn't get my touches.' That doesn't make any sense. Everybody gets touches. The ball should go around."
Pau Gasol isn’t the only unproductive and slightly confused Lakers big man.
Dwight Howard, whom the Lakers have a monumental need to keep happy so he’ll re-sign with them at season’s end, expressed frustration after the Lakers’ loss in Memphis on Friday night about the Lakers’ teamwork in this early stage under Coach Mike D’Antoni and without injured point guard Steve Nash.
“We’ve got to find ways to get everybody involved, and when we do, we win,” said Howard after he had seven points and four rebounds.
Howard had a team-high five turnovers, but like Gasol did, Howard mentioned not getting the ball enough.
“Me and Pau got to be active,” Howard said. “We might not get it (the ball) as much as we want it, but we’ve got to find ways to help the team win.”
Howard acknowledged he and Gasol had “a couple bad games” in the losses in Sacramento and Memphis. He mentioned they need to do things to “impact the game other than scoring” … and then added: “Once we get going on the post, we’ll be good.”
There is an assumption that Nash’s return from a fractured fibula — though he suggested it won’t come early next week — and his passing wizardry will help get everyone more involved in the offense. But D’Antoni’s offense is meant to have open spacing, rampant pick-and-rolls and not many straight post-up plays — certainly not as many as Mike Brown’s did or Phil Jackson’s triangle offense would.
Feed the big dog and you might see Howard more interested and motivated to go chase down more than 1 defensive board in a game.