I am the last person to blame a coach, usually, but as time goes on it's becoming painfully obvious that Mike D'Antoni deserves a lot of the blame for the Los Angeles Lakers losing season.
First of all, management got a ton of praise for putting this team together, but a lot of that goodwill got taken back when they failed to hire Phil Jackson. Yes, Phil didn't lead the team to victory his last year, but if there's anyone who could manage this team of personalities, it was him. Look how long he had Andrew Bynum acting normal!
However, D'Antoni is the coach. He's never won anything, and yes, his offense is built for Steve Nash, but his defense is built for every team that the Lakers play, and it shows in their record.
There have also been a lot of injuries that he has had to deal with, and while the bench isn't great, it's workable. The Lakers' starters are old, there's no getting around that, but their bench is also fairly young. A bench player's role is to come with energy, keep the other team from scoring, and make baskets when possible.
In their loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder, D'Antoni's questionable rotation was painfully obvious. Darius Morris and Devin Ebanks are two of the youngest players on the team. Between the two of them, they scored 14 points in 14 minutes. Some of this was garbage time, but even in the meaningless minutes, they still had their desire to play.
That is what the Lakers need from their bench, and in general: a desire to play and win. D'Antoni doesn't seem to recognize this, or really care. The Thunder are a much faster team than the Lakers, so instead of sitting exhausted shooters, who weren't shooting very well, and letting the fresh legs wear down the Thunder, D'Antoni left his tired starters in the game.
Some of the blame definitely falls on the players' overall desire to win, and injuries, but D'Antoni's unwillingness to deviate from a system that clearly isn't working is more at fault. If there are able-bodied, excited guys on the bench, and what you're doing isn't working, change it up.
There's still hope for this season, but only if he can overcome whatever it is that's keeping him from playing the best guy for the job.