Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
When Mike D'Antoni was hired this season, many were excited at the possibility of witnessing Steve Nash implementing D'Antoni's famous "seven seconds or less" offense flanked by the likes of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.
The reality of the situation is that the Lakers are actually a better team when they aren't ripping and running all over the court. According to ESPN, the Lakers are 10-5 this season when they have 95 or less possessions in a game. In games where they have 96 or more possessions, L.A. is 5-11.
Slowing the pace may give Gasol and Howard more back-to-the-basket opportunities, therefore freeing things up more for their teammates in the half-court sets and quite possibly helping make Kobe more efficient than he has been thus far.
Is D'Antoni so stuck in his ways that he won't consider slowing things down even with Nash now back in the lineup? It may go against everything he's known as a coach, but given the older and slower roster he possesses, it may be in his and the team's best interest to try and dial it down a little bit.