I'm not sure why anyone would be surprised by the lack of defense of a D' Antoni team. He's unconcerned with it. Always has been.
This is part of why the majority of Laker fans let out a collective groan when we hired D' Antoni. We let out the same collective groan when Mike Brown was hired for the opposite reason - we knew the offense would be heavy Kobe ISO.
We substituted a guy with one weakness for a guy with the opposite weakness. Brown was so controlling, so slow down that it was a crawl and boring on the offense. D' Antoni's idea of defense is making more shots than the other team.
To me and to most Laker fans it was clear in both cases that we weren't getting the best possible coach each time. We could have had Adelman last time; we could have had Phil, or Sloan or McMillan this time around.
But honestly, of the two coaching hires, I'd say this D' Antoni is much worse in most respects. First, his system is such a poor fit for the personnel. At least with Brown the focus was on the D, which is where they needed the most coaching and help. Secondly, they had a chance with this hire to correct their last mistakes and to get an excellent coach. Instead they rushed their hire once again, this time without any due diligence at all - no call to Sloan, no call to McMillan, and a total diss to Phil. And what was that crap with Dunleavy? Are you kidding me? Considering Dunleavy over Sloan and McMillan? Was that for real or just another ruse to scare Laker fans into accepting D' Antoni because look what we could end up with? Horrifying.
The jury isn't completely out on D' Antoni, but those opponent scores: 125, 126, 112, etc. shouldn't be a giant surprise. Nor should the losses in those cases. The problem I see is what Lakerswiz is talking about, how is this going to change? This coach isn't going to focus on defense. And if they aren't, then I agree with Revgen, kiss the playoffs goodbye.
Something has to give at some point, either the Lakers hope for the playoffs, the players changing, or the coach's philosophy and approach changing.
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