SpencerHarrison wrote:He's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. This may be heretical, but I think D'Antoni has done okay. His few key decisions have been responsible, winning ones.
*6th man Pau to ride Clark.
*Adjust offense to the players.
*Move Nash off ball
*Play shorter bench. This is controversial right now, but nobody was arguing when Jamison and Blake went off at home.
I think you're being a bit too kind.
I was neck deep in work when Pau got benched, but I can give you the point that Clark was a pleasant surprise. He has cooled down, and Pringles is thinking of putting Pau back in the starting line up when he returns, but the move provided a spark.
The rest of his moves are ones that he had no choice at all but to make. He couldn't run the typical Dantoni offense even if he wanted to because we dont have the personnel to do it. And the way Nash is used is out of necessity because at his age there isnt really another way to use him.
The shorter bench I dont really have much of a problem with and I actually agree with Doc's assessment of the players at the end of the bench, but a few minutes here and there from the scrub squad to give the main guys some rest wouldve been fine in my book as well.
My biggest problem with him as usual is his lack of concern (or inability) getting this team to be a decent defensive squad. Angrily calling a timeout then stomping out onto the court after a breakdown defensively and then telling our guys "we have to get stops" is basically his way of coaching defense.
On the other side of the ball Im not complaining, but it doesn't take a "offensive genius" to get these results with a squad like this IMO.
"Come hell or high water we're gonna be there again. Its just something about the Lakers organization. Mitch is really, really good at it, he's really really good man...."