Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
You've heard it time and time again: The offense wasn't the issue for the Lakers, the defense was. Despite that, it would seem that the Princeton offense played a role in Mike Brown's ouster.
Mike D'Antoni has a reputation as an offense-first, defense-never game planner. In all fairness to D'Antoni, though, I'd say that building a defense around Amar'e Stoudemire is like building a house on a swamp.
Still, reputations frame perception, and the Lakers would fuel a negative one with a defensive collapse. They're on thin ice when it comes to that side of the ball, especially with Dwight Howard still on the road to recovery.
His rehab hasn't exactly been linear. Some nights, he's Dwight. Other nights, he's slow and ineffective. Howard had better show up if this debut is to go smoothly.