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Magic Johnson is questioning new coach Mike D'Antoni's system with the slumping Los Angeles Lakers, saying ''it doesn't fit the talent the Lakers have.''
The Lakers (9-12) are 4-7 in their last 11 games since D'Antoni took over from the fired Mike Brown. They opened a four-game trip on Tuesday night in Cleveland.
Earlier in the day at a Dodger Stadium appearance, Johnson criticized D'Antoni's plan to make the Lakers a running team. He says Kobe Bryant is the only player who can run, so the team should focus on its inside game, led by Pau Gasol.
Gasol was expected to miss his fifth straight game Tuesday night with tendinitis in his knees, while guard Steve Nash has missed 19 games with a broken left leg he sustained on Oct. 31.
According to Johnson, D'Antoni's first question in taking over the team should have been to ask Gasol where he wanted the ball and then give it to him.
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He played for them, coached them and was a team vice president and part owner until he sold his shares in order to partner up with the new Dodger ownership group.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are crumbling. The primary response to their recent addiction to losing is that they are waiting on point guard Steve Nash to return from injury to get the party started.
New coach Mike D’Antoni’s system has flourished in the past with Nash at the helm.
Cutting to the chase, it’s going to be some time before Nash returns according to his recent comments...
Pau Gasol will remain a starter when the tendinitis in his knees subsides to the point that he can play again.
For the time being.
Subject to change.
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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash told USA Today Sports that he's unlikely to play for at least another two weeks, as he continues his rehabilitation from a broken leg. Nash has been out since fracturing his left fibula in a collision with Portland Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard on Oct. 31. "I think it will be at least another two weeks," Nash told...
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CLEVELAND -- Mike D'Antoni stood outside the visiting locker room and stared at the ground.
His eyes were bloodshot, his hair a mess, his tie out of sorts. It was as if he had spent the previous 48 minutes tumbling in a clothes dryer.
"The state that we're in, that's inexcusable, and we've got to figure it out," he said.
D'Antoni was speaking after...
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