D'Antoni is by no means a bad coach, and he certainly inherited a rough situation, but either way, there is obviously something horribly wrong in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Lakers have become one of the most bizarre disappointments in sports history. This is a team that many picked to win the championship after assembling what years back would've been a fantasy team you could only hope to see in an All-Star game or NBA 2K.
However, NBA games aren't played on Xbox, they're played in real life, and in real life, the Lakers have been the epitome of mediocrity, and it a lot of it stems from their coaching.
Again, D'Antoni is not a bad coach, but he is a terrible mismatch for this organization. D'Antoni's system is all about small ball. Pick up the pace, pick and roll, drive and kick, set up quick shots—traditionally, his offense is all about controlling the game and maintaining a quick tempo.
Because his system is traditionally set-up to play like that, it is a horrible idea that he is tasked with tailoring his offense with a team of guys that frankly aren't built to run at such a pace for 48 minutes.
With Kobe being required to guard the other team's best player and shoot as much as he does, he's going to have no legs by the end of games. Steve Nash isn't quite the same anymore, and guys like World Peace, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard work better in half-court sets.
What makes the mismatch even worse is the fact that D'Antoni is by no means a defensive mastermind, so considering there is a system essentially being run for the wrong personnel, they are unable to make considerable strides on the side of the ball they are as equally terrible at.
The Lakers are just a flat-out mess, and D'Antoni is beginning to show that he's failing to adapt to the circumstances. Also, considering he's effectively shattered the confidence of a player like Gasol who has a reputation for being sensitive to criticism, he's squandering the piece who might be the answer.
He has two seven-footers who could easily be a huge mismatch problem, but instead, guys like Metta are shooting way too much and the offense becomes stagnant because Kobe is relied upon to make the majority of the baskets.
Kobe is undoubtedly capable of scoring with the best the league has ever seen, but there are nights where the team lives and dies (and they're dying much more than their living) on his shots.
You can get away with his contested pull-ups for some nights, but if he's tired and his shot is off? Forget it, they just can't score and they can't stop anybody, either. It's just an all-around bad relationship, and one that Lakers would be wise to sever it at some point.
This is a team that doesn't mesh at any level, and with awkward player meetings and a plummeting record, it's clear that the inevitable Lakers rebuilding process is rearing its ugly head sooner than expected.
D'Antoni is demonstrating his failure to adapt, and he's also demonstrating his failure to curtail these wildly conflicting personalities.