I don't understand the MD hate at all. First things first, Phil is not our coach and Phil will never again be our coach, get over it.
Believe it or not, D'antoni's system works, Kobe, Dwight, Metta, Nash, Jamison, Clark, Hill, Meeks, Morris & Duhon are all capable of playing to the best of their ability in this system, our offence is slowly but steadily getting to where we envisioned it at the start of the year. Even if you have your issues with it, compare it to the Hybrid Princeton crap Brown was running.
Our defence was shocking, but it is getting better, the last 3 games to me has been a totally different Lakers team defensively, theres communication, energy and hustle, people have a role now and know what they're doing, give props to D'antoni for that one.
Really the only difference between us an the Miami Heat tonight was execution. Having two seasons together over us was a key factor. Now that the players know what works and what doesn't, it can only go uphill from here.
The only issue I have is Pau Gasol.. I love the man and all that he has given to this franchise, but it's time to go. It's not up to D'antoni to bend over backwards to fit this system around you, everybody's had to give up some part of their game for this system. If we can get some solid wing defenders and 3 pt shooters in return for Pau, come playoffs time, I don't think theres much that can stop this team. We all just have to be patient and have a little faith, it's embarrassing reading some Laker fans comments sometimes, we have no dignity in losing.