The coach is not the whole problem. You just have to admit it. The personnel is the problem. For once. Jeezus christ.
The bench of the Clippers, OKC and San Antonio is better than the Lakers bench. The starting 5 sounds great but the only great is Kobe. I lived in SW Floria and saw Orlando games and Dwight was never as impressive as Bynum was to me. Howard gets into more foul trouble (silly fouls too), misses more FTs, and has a few offensive moves. Howard will always be in foul trouble b/c of slow Nash and slow Artest.
I thought Artest would be in shape like end of last season. He still appears slow.
Gasol is what is he is, erratic. Nash will never be better than Paul, Westbrook, Lawson in the playoffs.
During the season Nash is great with a run and gun offense.
Lakers need to change the offense to what works and not go all out on a new system. Let the new sets play into the offense. Kobe should demand better players instead of waiting for mgmt to sign somebody and then approve it. See what the Clippers got, Nuggets, & the Mavericks got OJ Mayo. We tend to get washed up players on the decline (Blake, Jamison, or keep unproven players) and think it is a Figueroa parade.
Lakers will probably be alright though. All those guys know the 2nd half is what counts. San Antonio does those pushes almost each year. And the Lakers focus better when they play road games in the playoffs. So, no worries if they get it together. Even if they do focus & get it right, the Clippers bench is awesome. I can honestly say in Kobe's later years, his team has not had better talent than Jordan's last 3-peat run.
Yeah, I know, STFU is what somebody will say but it is true. I knew what Howard was all the time. And I personally had a really bad herniated disc at beginning of 2012. Believe me you don't play the same as you did before. I almost went to Dwight's disc surgery clinic in Marina Del Rey for my back work but didn't have $50k to drop down. Luckily my physiotherapist got me back to 95%