KareemTheGreat33 wrote:If he didn't try to be cute with the starting line-up, I think we'll have a reversed record right now...but insisting on his 2 point guard starters and stretch four crap really put pressure on the bench to make up for being down early on and losing steam at endgames.
+1. And of course, it's not him being cute but actually believing that Nash and Blake backcourt is the way to go. That's what troubles me. When/if Nash ever returns prepare yourself for that starting lineup again. I think the only reason he stopped was that Nash is hurt. Otherwise we'll probably have to put up with that until Kobe returns. It's awful.
It's one of the reasons I'm truly hoping Nash retires. I don't want him as an option for D' Antoni to continue using, forcing Blake to the 2 where he sucks. Blake should just be our starting PG for the rest of the season. Nash isn't bringing enough to the plate.
MDA has a soft spot for the small back-court. maybe for all small players (relative to their position). He seems to think that playing guys out of position makes the team faster and creates mismatches that opponents cannot counter. But that's simply not the case. What ends up happening is that the smaller lakers playing out of position gets brutalized on the other end by bigger, stronger players playing their natural position.
It might be different if all the lakers smalls were gazelles who could not miss. But some of them are injured caribou out there.
MAD seems fixated on playing one way, and is either pathologically nostalgic for his Phoenix days, in denial about the current condition of his favorite players. or just not a very smart coach. Not having the horses is one thing; having some horses but handicapping them is quite another.
Many of us always thought he was a horrendous hire. And I think most of us have accepted that, for better or worse, he will be around through the end of the season. But when we see our most pessimistic pedictions come true, and when we see MDA do some of the same lame things we thought he would do if given the reins, it's like picking at a scab never giving it a chance to heal.
I won't be content about the laker coaching position until MDA is fired and a stronger coach is put at the helm.
Part of me still can't believe the lakers hired him. That was just one of the worst decisions the FO has ever made.