By LG

Written By, Clifford Santa Monica,

 

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO BLAME—THE SECOND COACH WITHIN THE YEAR??” Is what Jeff Van Gundy asked.

Well, let’s THINK about that one.

 

1)      Mike D’Antoni comes in, moves Pao Gasol out to the perimeter to shoot three pointers when his effectiveness and utility to the offense both improve considerably when he’s stationed within 15 feet of the basket.

2)      D’Antoni sat Pao during fourth quarters when his experience, skill and decision-making are most evident and, this season, sorely needed

3)      D’Antoni insisted on forcing an aged, slow, un-athletic, paper-thin club to play a system unsuited to its true capabilities instead of crafting a system that fit their talents

4)      D’Antoni somehow overlooked a young, athletic, skilled, intelligent and admittedly hard working power forward  (Earl Clark) for half the season before waking up and installing him in the lineup—a lineup that was glaringly deficient at the “4” all year long—particularly against young, speedy opponents. He did the same thing, as I recall, with Jeremy Lin when the two of them were in New York…

 

Yes, Jeff, Mike D’Antoni damned well ought to shoulder a fair amount of the blame for the dysfunction we Laker fans have been witnessing pretty much all year long…Makes a lot more sense than blaming Lawrence Tanter or the popcorn vendors, doesn’t it?

 

Clifford

SANTA Monica, Ca

 

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