Perhaps the greatest disappointment in the history of the NBA, the blame for the Los Angeles Lakers' losing record falls on the entirety of the roster. However, the onus of the blame lies with Mike D'Antoni.
Although critics are quick to point out lack of bench scoring, Pau Gasol's regression or Dwight Howard's failure to live up to the hype, it is clear that the Lakers' greatest weakness is the fact that their system is a terrible fit for the talents of their roster.
The only man with the power to rectify this weakness is the coach.
D'Antoni is a man whose reputation revolves around his brilliant offensive mind. However, with the Lakers struggling on both ends of the court, it is clear that the system itself is in need of some adjustment.
Given this point, the fact that the Lakers continue to regress as the season progresses shows that not only are the players losing confidence, the coaching staff isn't making the necessary adjustments in order to right the ship.
Consider the Brooklyn Nets, whose early season struggles seem like a thing of the past since P.J. Carlesimo took the head coaching reins from Avery Johnson and sped up the tempo to coincide with the rosters' athleticism and talent.
If D'Antoni could recognize that the prime reason for their struggles lies in the system itself, he would be able to make some adjustments to his offensive mantra that could benefit the team.
However, D'Antoni has a host of weaknesses that makes it extremely hard for him to create change that would help the Lakers on both ends of the court.