Posted April 08, 2013

Steve Nash says Lakers’ season has been a ‘coach’s nightmare’

Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D'Antoni, Steve Nash, Uncategorized
Steve Nash, Mike D'Antoni

The Lakers, 40-37, are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in years. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Ben Eagle

There’s been no shortage of drama for the Lakers this season. First they fired Mike Brown after a 1-4 start. Then they flirted with Phil Jackson before ultimately hiring Mike D’Antoni. And now they’re in danger of missing the postseason after months of reported locker room drama and injury after injury after injury.

It’s enough to drive a coach crazy, says Steve Nash, per Fox Sports and Sports Radio Interviews.com:

“I wouldn’t say he’s happy with where we are, just because it’s been a coach’s nightmare in a lot of ways. You’ve had a lot of guys either injured for great stretches, unfamiliar with one another, no training camp to really get the necessary hours in and finding our balance and who we are as a team. So I know it’s disappointing for him and frustrating because he hasn’t been able to really have a full shot at it.”

Expectations were high for D’Antoni given his relationship with both Nash and Kobe Bryant, but, as Nash points out, injuries to Pau Gasol (missed 33 games), Nash (27 games) and Dwight Howard (six games) made chemistry hard to come by. Hyped as an All-Star lineup prior to the season, the combination of Nash-Bryant-Metta World Peace-Gasol-Howard has only started seven games, all losses.

The Lakers (40-37) and Jazz (41-37) are locked in a tight battle for the No. 8 seed. The Jazz hold a half-game lead and the tiebreaker over the Lakers, who have made the postseason in each of the last seven seasons. Yet Nash, who has missed the last three games, says the Lakers aren’t worried.

“I wouldn’t say panic, but with our backs against the wall we need a sense of urgency.”

(H/T: SLAM Online)

19 comments
ElliotS
ElliotS

LeBron gets crushed for making the Finals and losing with the Heat in his first year with Miami. Kobe gets no blame for the atrocious season thus far. D'Antoni is a terrible Coach and regardless of not having a Training Camp, he's had more than 80% of a season with 4 future Hall of Famers and barely has them over .500 and by the skin of their teeth clinging on to a spot in the Playoffs. The blame goes 34% Kobe, 33% D'Antoni and 33% Jim Buss.

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

John Bryant is the answer = N Pekovic w/skills, someone  is going to find this diamond in the rough and get him cheap, may as well be Lakers.

Natural-Outlaw
Natural-Outlaw

Kobe is one of the most talented men in the NBA. Yet, does he make players on his team better? This has always been a rap against him. The answer is "sometimes". In all fairness, he has to have talent around him for Lakers to be a contender. Dwight Howard has been a bust as far as making the team better.

Pistolj7
Pistolj7

The nightmare's name is Kobe. A player of whom Phil Jackson wrote in his book as "uncoachable"

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Would love to read some "gee, I don't know nuthin 'bout basketball" columns from the legion of sports journalists who anointed the Lakers West champs when they traded for Howard and signed Nash.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

The Lakers problems are signing an over the hill guard (Nash), keeping around a washed up Metta World Peace, the fact that Howard has mostly been mediocre and ultimately the fact that D'Umtoni is a terrible coach.

Natural-Outlaw
Natural-Outlaw

Been a Lakers fan since 1970. The Lakers have had a bad season no doubt. They should have started rebuilding last year. They are getting a bit long in the tooth. 

kenc29
kenc29

Uhm, lemme see, he's got an old team, and he rides them, with a short bench, until they get injured. Is it a coach's nightmare, or did he cause some of his own problems?

salvaje50
salvaje50

Nothing would be funnier than the Lakers to have to give their #1 pick to the Suns, have the Suns win the lottery and with the #1 pick, draft a superstar that scores 40 every time he plays the Lakers.  That would be so cool.

JulesG
JulesG

@ElliotS I am not following your logic...so because Lebron got all the "blame" for the Heat's failure, you think that HAS to apply to Kobe? Why? There is a HUGE difference in their situations. Lebron took his talents to South Beach and was crowned King of the NBA. Now he was on a team stacked like no NBA team had ever been and they lost initially. Why? Because big names alone do not guarantee anything. Yet, Kobe needs to be blamed? This team never had a chance to gel, has had major injuries all season long, multiple coaches, issues with what offense to run and how each player fits, multiple rosters. I mean, I am not sure why them struggling is not acceptable, just because of the names involved? If they have time to be a better team, just like the Heat and any team like them, I bet they will be a better team. Their issues were not 34% Kobe's fault, especially with defense being the very worst thing for this team. I chalk that up to older players, confused players, one center playing at 70%, and a coach who cannot instantly teach defense. When those things are addressed, this Lakers team will fare better and people can stop trying to FIND reasons to lambast Kobe basically because they don't like him, good or bad Lakers team!

TheVon
TheVon

 @salvaje50 The only problem is Robert Sarver still owns the Suns, which means they'll get the #1 pick, Sarver will balk at actually having to pay McLemore or Noel and they'll end up drafting some giant bust. 

 

Gosh I used to love my team . . .

ElliotS
ElliotS

@JulesG Yes, it has to apply to Kobe. Kobe fans have crowned Kobe the best NBA player of all time, yet when someone tries to hold him to that standard there's an excuse. The Heat were not much different than the Celtics in terms of talent. They also had injuries at the start of the season. They had to learn how to integrate Wade and LeBron on the fly with a very young and inexperienced Coach. The Lakers have Kobe, Nash, D12 and Pau. Sure there's been injuries, but these are experienced players who all have a high Basketball IQ. The problem is that Kobe still plays like he's playing with Smush Parker. Look at when they began to hit their stride: When Kobe stopped jacking up shots and got others involved. Yes, they had a tough time with Coaches, though under Bickerstaff they played well. That is why not all of the blame goes to Kobe. But you have a typical Kobe sympathizer mentality. It's not Kobe, it's the age of the players (But the Boston Big 3 were all over 30). It's not Kobe, it's the defense (even though Kobe has not been even close to a good defended save for a couple games against the Bucks and Cavs when he guarded players much smaller). It's not Kobe, it's the confused players (Like Pau who can't even get more than a few touches because someone is still shooting like he's the only player on the team). It's not Kobe, it's D12 playing at 70% (Even though his minutes are down and his numbers per minute fall in line with what he always puts up). It's not Kobe, it's the Coach who cannot instantly coach D (even though 69 games is not considered an instant, it's 87% of the games played this season). 69 games... 6.. 9. That is a ton of games and people are still making excuses? There's no searching for reasons to blame Kobe, the proof is in the pudding. When and if these things are addressed, this Laker team will be far better and people can stop trying to FIND reasons to shelter Kobe basically because they worship him, good or bad Lakers team!

stuartmd
stuartmd

@ElliotS @JulesG You are absolutely correct.  You might see a better Lakers team without Kobe.  Howard and Gasol will become dominant again without being phased out of the game by "coach Bryant" who constantly breathed down their backs.  It was obvious that Kobe was inhibiting their games.  It's too bad because he has the talent to do otherwise.