LOS ANGELES For weeks now, I've been trying to figure out why the Lakers have been playing such lousy basketball. I've had about as much success coming up with answers as has Mike D'Antoni. The team has moments of good execution and great effort, but not nearly enough to compensate for the hours of horrible basketball they've turned in this season.
A lot of peopleincluding Laker icon Magic Johnsonwould tell you that D'Antoni himself is the problem. But there's no tangible evidence that he solely is the cause of the Laker woes.
They've only played 13 games under the coach who took over from Mike Brown on November 20th, and while they're 4-9 with D'Antoni at the helm, it's more than his game plans or the lack of adjustment to his way of doing things.
Fingers are pointed at the defense, but they're giving up fewer points (98.8) than they score (101.5).
Turnovers are certainly a huge part of the negative equation, with L.A. having given up 60 more turnovers than their opponents. ...