The Los Angeles Lakers lost their third game in a row on Sunday to the Denver Nuggets by a score of 112-105. Can we now declare the Lakers experiment a failure? What experiment you might ask? It's two fold. The first aspect has to do with lining up the team with All-Stars to help Kobe get another title.
The stars that were brought in to LA were Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. So you now have Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol. That's an All-Star lineup. You'd think you could win with that lineup, wouldn't you? You would if you felt you had a coach that knew how to coach All-Stars.
That leads me to the second part of the experiment. That was hiring Mike D'Antoni. It was believed that D'Antoni could put together a potent offense. He has. The Lakers offense is among top five in the NBA. The problem is that it was believed that a potent offense could trump a good defense. That's ridiculous and it's proving to be laughable.
D'Antoni believed that all the Lakers had to do was to score more. Score more and more and more. They are scoring over 100 points in the majority of their games but they are also giving up more points than 80% of the teams in the NBA.
D'Antoni's system doesn't focus on defense. It has many Lakers fans asking if it addresses defense at all. I don't think it does. The Lakers are one of the worst teams defending the ball. They suck. It's that simple. They suck. They suck. They suck on defense.
Earlier in the season it was believed that the team's savior would be Steve Nash. It was believed that once Nash would return he would change the course of the season for the Lakers. It was believed that D'Antoni's system would be a great fit for Nash.
Nash has only played in five games but things haven't gone the way the Lakers expected. Nash isn't the Superstar he was expected to be under D'Antoi's system.
Sure the team scores tons of points or should we say that Kobe scores tons of points. Kobe is the only one flourishing under the system. Well he sort of is. Kobe isn't flourishing on defense. None of the Lakers are flourishing on defense.
I guess we can say that right now it looks like the Los Angeles experiment is a failure but it might be too early to declare that. Things aren't looking good right now but there's lots of games left in the season. I personally think that things will not get much better.
If the team does find a way to make the playoffs, it will be a low seed and their playoff experience will be short lived. At that time we can declare the experiment a failure. Anything less than a championship would be considered a failure. The Lakers were built to win now. Kobe doesn't have lots of time to build a winner. The Lakers must win now.