Let me make sure I got this striaght. At the begining of the season, the previous coach Mike Brown was the reason the Lakers were not playing Laker basketball so …he was fired. A call was made to bring in Phil Jackson but after not either being on the same page or a apparent change of heart by Laker management, they bring in Mike Dantoni, all offense no defense. The Laker thought they righted the ship and was ready to win. Not so fast, Dwight Howard isn’t Dwight Howard,because he is still recovering from back surgery from the offseason, Steve Nash hasn’t returned yet to run Dantoni’s offense, so in his absence Chris Duhon is ummm running the point. Gasol is hurt and is feeling out of place in Dantoni’s offense, and Kobe is feelign his window of winnig another championship to tie him with Jordan at 6 could be slipping away before this gets going good, and the Lakers overall are frustrated and can’t fire Dantoni(he signed a 3 year deal)so in the background …Laker legend Magic Johnson is saying that Dantoni isn’t running the right offense for this team while the problems for the Lakers start at the defensive end. If I didn’t know any better this seemed like the Knicks of a few years ago. This is anything unlike what the Lakers are used to in the past. The one thing that works for the Lakers is the fact that they have time, the rest of the season to get things righted, to get things back to how the Lakers play basketball. Mike brown wasn’t the right coach for this Laker team, I’m not sure that Dantoni is either but he isn’t going anywhere. So it is up to the players who are on the floor to play, and stop looking for the injuried to walk in the door to save them. If Duhon can’t run the point in Nash’s absence get someone else in that can. The talent is there, two time MVP Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant the owner of 5 championship rings and Dwight Howard defensive player of the year, is more than enough to turn this around. However,when you are the Lakers it’s about winning championships and we all know championships are won on the defensive end. So where do they go from here?Laker legend Majic Johnson seem to have an idea of what they need to do:
”You can’t run with these guys,” he said. ”There’s one guy who can get up and down the court and that’s Kobe (Bryant). You’ve got to take that ball inside. That’s how you win games.”
Johnson said the Lakers have two of the best 7-footers in the NBA in Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard, and the offense should revolve around Gasol, who missed his fifth straight game Tuesday night with tendinitis in his knees. Point guard Steve Nash has missed 20 games with a broken left leg he sustained on Oct. 31.
Johnson called Gasol ”the best passing big man in the NBA.”
”His game is catch it on the low block and face his man,” the former Lakers star said. ”The first question should’ve been, ‘Where do you like it because that’s where I’m going to give it to you.”’
When it comes to the Lakers’ dismal defense, Johnson agrees with D’Antoni and Bryant.
”We can score points but the defense is breaking down,” he said. ”We have to correct our defense. Every night guys have to come with passion and urgency.”
Johnson said he thinks that once Gasol starts playing well, the Lakers will follow suit with Nash’s help.
Kobe is equally frustrasted with the play of the Lakers, something he is not used to:
”This is one of the most challenging stretches of my 17 years, and the most baffling, too,” a puzzled Bryant said after losing to the Cavs. ”We have the talent and personnel to do it, but we’re not, and it’s baffling. It’s extremely frustrating.
”It doesn’t make any sense. We’re still finding ways to lose games.”