Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 1/24/13
The Lakers are 17-24 and have replaced the Jets as sports biggest mess right now.  Pundits argue daily about who might be the problem. Is it Kobe, Dwight, Pau, the owner, or the stubborn head coach who won’t adjust his system. The Lakers had an air out your difference team meeting, which we know is code for panic. There was a ton of confrontation going on, and according to coach Mike D’Antoni, it’s because his team refuses to accept their roles. D’Antoni is not pleased, and per the L.A. Times, the coach feels like his team conducts itself like an All Star team. “You never want those kind of meetings because that means we’re in trouble a little bit. That doesn’t happen when you’re 40-1,’ Coach Mike D’Antoni said. ‘It needed to be said, it needed to happen, and now it’s up to us to make positive stuff out of it.’ ‘Everybody gets the ball and goes one on one and then they play no defense. That’s our team. That’s us. We’re an All-Star team. And we haven’t learned that there’s a pecking order. There’s the one guy, the two guy, the three guy and the four guy. It might not be the same guy every night, but somebody’s got to accept being the fourth guy. And if you’ve been the first guy all your life, that’s hard to accept. And that’s what happens in All-Stars and that’s what happened with us. And we haven’t overcome it.’ That was definitely a unique way of thinking about things, except for the fact that he does have 4 All Star caliber players on his team. At that point I would assume it’s on D’Antoni to mesh that All Star team or various degrees of talent together correctly.  
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