I really don't want to expand on Laker talk especially when I'm ecstatic about the 9ers SB bid and especially since we really don't know what this team is really made of till the playoffs start. We're seeing some improvement and hope...finally...but its still a long road to rectify this travesty.
I've been a staunch prognosticator of how terrible of a coaching hire this was and I don't really intend to keep burying D'Antoni, but let's make no mistake about D'Antoni being neutered by management when they came out and "supported" him after meeting with him. This came fresh off of Kobe's comments about things needing to change, Howard openly expressing that he didn't believe in the system along with Pau expressing how he was not being utilized properly. Even Nash implied that he would change up his approach for something that would work for the team.
Kobe is operating from the the elbow and using how the defense defends him to get open looks for his guys. We're getting our bigs where they like the ball and the offense is definitely noticeably going inside out more.
That has nothing to do with D'Antoni's system. It didn't work and now we're relying on our talented team to do what they are comfortable with to at least make a playoff bid.
Also notice the rotations. D'Antoni is known for shortening his rotations, but has opened it up after "the meeting." We essentially have a lame duck coach that can't be fired due to save face, compensation and PR. Like others have said before me....we're going to try to win in spite of this guy. I'm sure he was "persuaded" to stay the f out of the way and let the team try to play to their comforts.
Dude gets paid to pretty much monitor minutes and stay the f out of the way. I'm definitely in the wrong profession.
EDIT: Thanks Punk