Mike D’Antoni has been putting his foot in his mouth from day one, while constantly worshipping his favorite point guard Steve Nash. It seems like the coach has zero confidence in this team without him though.
The coach said:
"He gives us that threat on the floor that's good and I think he'll get better as his leg gets better. We're not going to do it without him. He'll battle through some injuries that he has, but he'll be ready to go Wednesday [for Game 2]."
Nash isn’t doing all that well. He’s sore and trying his best to play through it. Lakers reporter tweeted his status earlier, saying:
Steve Nash on his health: "It's not great, it's not going to be great." Definitely an "is what it is" scenario he has to make the most of.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 22, 2013
Nash thinks not having a chance to fully get in shape after returning from breaking his leg could have contributed to current issues.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 22, 2013
It’s not surprising that D’Antoni would invest his hopes and dreams in Nash, but he’s somehow forgetting that he has two of the best big men in the league in the post. 14 feet of all-star post player.
There’s no doubt that with the right players, D’Antoni’s system is effective and dangerous, but these aren’t those players, and saying things like that only shows how inept and unyielding he is. He’s the guy in the bomb shelter who has a breakdown when the guy who went out to see if everything is okay doesn’t come back.
So, Lakers fans, if you listen to the coach, your playoff hopes and dreams rest on the rickety, ailing, once-great legs of Steve Nash.