Sunday, August 18th, 2013 at 12:13 pm  |  22 responses

Mike D’Antoni Says Lakers’ Chemistry Will be Better This Season

Could the loss of Dwight Howard, an All-Star and one of (and probably the) best centers in the NBA, actually make the Lakers better? That’s Head Coach Mike D’Antoni’s theory. Per the LA Times: “Addition by subtraction? The Lakers can only hope, despite their very public courting of Howard that started a mere eight weeks ago and crashed and burned barely a week later. ‘We’ve definitely improved our shooting and I think the chemistry will be better just because the uncertainty has gone away,’ D’Antoni said. ‘A lot of people will know their roles better and what’s going on on the floor better. Dealing with free agency day to day, we won’t have those problems.’ The Lakers added Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, Wesley Johnson and veteran center Chris Kaman. ‘We’re real excited about some of the possibilities and trying to develop some guys that will turn into good players,’ D’Antoni said. ‘It’ll be good for them, good for the Lakers. It’s always exciting to have young guys like that who are willing to learn, willing to work hard.’ … Yet D’Antoni thinks the Lakers can improve upon last season’s 45-37 record … if they stay healthy. ‘I don’t see why not,” he said. ‘I think we can be better because I don’t think we reached our potential last year. Our lack of defense came mostly from lack of energy from guys that didn’t feel right in their place on the team. Defense is energy, concentration and the desire to do it. If something is sapping that energy — distractions, injuries, not feeling good about the team — then you’re not going to put your heart and soul into it and it comes out on the defensive end. They just didn’t feel each other.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    is steve nash the nba’s all time leader in high fives and butt slaps?

  • berkamore

    After Jim Buss, this. Stay classy, Lakers. This is getting pathetic. They are kind of like a hot girl or a spoiled child who can’t believe they didn’t get their way. smh.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange was spurned by Pam Grier and Lola Falana at the same ____ time. It didn’t matter though, he was better off without two the finest women to ever walk the earth.

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  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Knowing him, he probably had that little smirk on his face while making these comments. Dwight has to be laughing about this somewhere. Mike should have been a man and mentioned Dwight’s name because it’s painfully obvious who he was talking about.

  • danpowers

    so antoni is trying to tell us that the lakers defense will improve after two guys left who combined for 4 defensive player of the year awards and countless all defensive team honors? yeah mike, the knicks community really misses you lol

  • Flyguywitabowtie

    D’Antoni is coaching for his life this season. I dont think he’ll last…

  • Yep

    Yoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, Lakers are not gonna be good, but ESPN put them as 12th? Idk about that…but if LeBron had that roster, they’d probably win a chip or at least get to finals.

  • Ugh

    Or white dudes who are told ‘no’.

  • Madubbs

    where was lebrons name in this article ???

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    Lakers are not gonna be good, but ESPN put them as 12th? Idk about
    that…but if LeBron had that roster, they’d probably win a chip or at
    least get to finals.

  • raylikenoother

    Thought Kobe was gonna come back…thus how could the chemistry could be better?

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Hey danpowers. Yes I think it’s not out of the question that the Lakers defense will improve with Dwight and MWP elsewhere this coming season. With everyone that is on the roster putting in a full effort on both sides of the ball, the Lakers are going to surprise a lot of people. Dwight will certainly play better in Houston than he did in LAL and that is part of the equation. With the lineup, the pressure, the injuries and all of the drama that Dwight was subjected to (along with everyone else) it’s without question that everyone in the LAKER camp will be breathing easy this season and that will lead to better efforts, in turn leading to better results. Lakers will have a 50 win season this year.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Was Dwight, Pam or Lola?

  • grgeblck

    cyxuzoqytowi is more convincing than Dacre’s 50 wins for Lakers.

  • Busta213

    Haha awesome

  • danpowers

    hey dacre. you could be right, but this doesnt seem very probable.

    just look at the names on the roster who surround bryant and gasol.

    nash is 39 years old now and will turn 40 during the season. no matter how great and durable he is, he will be a BIG liablity on defense and not really able to make up for this on offense during an 82 game season + maybe playoffs.

    gasol is still capable of 20 and 10 and even if youre very optimistic and believe in kobe bryant’s over humanly skills, you know itll take quite some time after a torn achilles tendon that he will put up the same production as he did last year.

    they surround this three guys with players who are arguably not even starting material. some e.g. jordan, johnson or young could grow into that this year but this is far from certain.

    alot of big IFs (of the kind “if andrew bynum stays healthy for 82 games”) have to go right for them to fullfill that 50 wins prediction.

  • shockexchange

    Nice try Dacre. By answering that question SE would be incriminating himself. Shock Exchange out.

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    Shots Fired

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I agree with that, there are some BIG “if’s” here. I’m happy to look at the situation with rose coloured glasses.

  • danpowers

    as a knicks fan im perfectly familiar with that perspective. good luck for this season lol

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Likewise ^_^