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After an off-season full of question marks, the Lakers were able to split their first four games this past week. With an impressive victory against the Clippers and a embarrassing loss against the Warriors, Lakers fans now have an idea of what to expect the rest of the season.

With Mike D’Antoni implementing an 11-man rotation, the Lakers are starting to find the right combination of players that will help them win games. In last night’s victory over the Hawks, Xavier Henry started at small forward while Nick Young came off the bench. It was the right call as Henry provided energy to the frontcourt while Young was able to focus on being the number one option off the bench. However, the Lakers couldn’t have won the game if it wasn’t for Jordan Hill’s energy on the boards.

This week, the Lakers are on the road as they face the Mavericks, Rockets, and Pelicans. In order to have a successful trip, the Lakers will need to limit their turnovers and play with good energy against three playoff-caliber teams.

Lakers Nation News

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Lakers News: Xavier Henry Will Remain Starter Against Mavericks

Lakers News: Steve Nash Talks About Lakers’ Large Rotation

VIDEOS: Lakers Vs. Hawks — Kaman Speaks Up, Nick Young, Xavier Henry

Lakers News: Chris Kaman Wants More Minutes Alongside Pau Gasol

Lakers News: Nick Young Wants To Be Sixth Man Of The Year

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Lakers Rumors: Is Steve Nash Already On The Trading Block?

Lakers News: Nick Young Discusses His Move To The Bench

Lakers News

Dwight Howard Says He Understands Lakers Fans’ Distaste For Him [LA Times]

Lakers Rumors: Steve Nash May Get Traded To Raptors Before Trade Deadline [Lakers Examiner]

Lakers Move Nick Young To Bench, Start Xavier Henry [LA Times]

Defense Real Reason For Lakers Benching Young [NBC Southern California]

Wes Johnson Providing Quality Minutes For Lakers [Syracuse]

NBA News

Kevin Love Among Four NBA Players To Get Flop Warning [ProBasketballTalk]

Report: Front Office Influencing Bulls Rotation [Bleacher Report]

Z-Bo: I Want To Retire In Memphis [Bleacher Report]

Michael Redd’s Career Reportedly Over [SB Nation]

Carter-Williams, Love Are Players Of The Week [SB Nation]


VIDEO: Mike D’Antoni Addresses The Frustrations Some Of His Players Are Having

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  • Gregory Choa

    The switching out of X. Henry & N. Young was a great move – kudos to MDA. Now, as to this business of getting Jordan Hill more minutes, not sure exactly at whose expense this is coming…Kaman or S. Williams… For instance, against Dirk tomorrow night, I’m still in favor of starting Shawne at the 4 for defensive purposes, but against the Rockets and Dwight, I can see how starting Jordan Hill or Kaman alongside Pau could be beneficial. So long as the guys are OK with seeing their roles getting juked around from time-to-time, I think the Lakers should be OK.

    • jeremy

      i wouldnt mind seeing the switch at the 4 for match up reasons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

    Kaman should start with gasol as their first five, having williams on the second/bench mob will help balance the rotation. Also, limiting nash to 20 min or less of playing time, giving farmar

    • Daryl Peek

      Agreed with all except the Farmar part. It’s more important to build a rhythm with the starters because they will eventually have most of the minutes. The minutes distribution were seeing now is very rare for any team. The Spurs don’t run this deep on a consistent.

      • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

        If Farmar will be a big part of the future, he needs the tutoring

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Steve Nash is the perfect tutor for Jordan Farmar.Nash The Teacher.

        • Daryl Peek

          That happens in pratice

          • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

            Yes but you have to apply it in court and if you are working on a limited minutes, you will never get that confidence and momentum you needed. Nash should not play until he is fully recovered and should

          • Daryl Peek

            Farmar is averaging 22 minutes a game. There’s nothing limited about that. That’s more than enough time to work things out.

            Again, it’s much more important to define starter roles and build a rhythm up because that becomes the bread and butter any team leans on.

          • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

            But that’s the big issue, win or loose, the starters role are not defined and being outscored by the bench mob

          • Daryl Peek

            Catch 22. On one hand your asking for Farmar, Hill, ETC… to get more minutes for development purposes which cannibalizes starter minutes and leads to lack of starter rhythm.

            Bottom line, no ones getting it done. The biggest problem I see is lack of on the court leadership and heart. That falls on Pau and Nash. Nash gets a bit of a pass due to well known injury status. At some point MDA is gonna have to make a tough call we all know he frets, shut Nash down til he fully recovers.

            Pau is talking the talk but not walking it! He has to be the guy with Kobe out. I’m extra critical of him this season simply because of all we know he can be as a player, all he’s been through the past few seasons, what’s in front of him right now, and how he’s repeatedly said he wants these responsibilities in Kobe’s absence.

            I don’t care who’s coming up short besides him or what the particulars of D’Antoni’s rotations are. Pau has to lead when he’s on the court, and do so by giving 100+% effort every night! His lack of offensive rebounds, blocked shots and low post touches are his and only his fault. The offensive flow is stumped because of it. The defensive communication is non existent because of him. Everyone knows MDA gives players the freedom to be as successful as they can be in his system. He’s not discouraging anyone. He’s even shown the flexibility to give PT to players he feels don’t fit his system … Hill, Kaman, and he benched Williams, a Fav of his in the process.

            Everything is set up to be CENTERED around Pau, something he asked for. It’s on him to man up.

  • LakersFanInHouston

    So I woke up this morning to that article in which Kaman was speaking out about his playing time and Saying he wanted to play with Gasol more. Gasol said he also wants more time with Kaman and Hill. But what Dantoni said says it ALL…He just whined about having a hard time getting guys minutes. It’s like he’s not even a Head Coach. He seems incapable of hurting peoples feelings. Plus his silly Williams project is not worthwhile. Why is he rehabbing a twice busted drug violator on the Lakers dime? I don’t live and die by the PER ratings but when it is this lopsided you gotta notice…

    The TOP RATED LAKER PER players after just 4 games are:

    Hill @ 27.5 and Kaman @ 19.6.

    Guess who is the worst? I know you already know…

    Williams @ 5.2

    After Gasol the #2 & #3 rebounders

    Hill & Kaman

    The only two players on the entire roster to grab 2 or more Offensive Boards per game

    Hill & Kaman.

    It’s not that Williams isn’t a starter, it’s that he probably shouldn’t even be playing any minutes and Hill and Kaman should just get those minutes.

    Problem solved.

  • jeremy

    i think to be honest it shouldnt matter who starts, it should matter who finishes games. willams can start all he wants, but as long as mike has the best 5 on the floor in the 4th in tight games all that matters to me.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers are always expected to win,we have a rabid fan base that just wants wins.Figuring out the right rotation is highly advised IMO,Lakers fans are the biggest fan base in the NBA and they don’t take losing lightly.We expect a lot of wins and more championships.Mike D’Antoni is looking miserable in the interviews i have seen,his body language looks poor and he just looks down in the dumps,basically down on his luck in LA.

    Maybe he is just that way all the time nowadays,but i remember a much happier MDA in his Phoenix glory days.MDA resigned in New York after having conflict with Carmelo Anthony among others,plus losing games all the time led to his abrupt resigning in New York.

    He just seems on edge and highly frustrated with the way things have played out with the Lakers,maybe he just feels disrespected by people it very could be anything.But he just seems unhappy IMO.Just no big deal many coaches feel unhappy just look at Pop with the Spurs he is always mad and never smiles.MDA just needs to win most games and all things will take care of themselves for him.

    The pressure is on no matter how low expectations are presented to be,it’s just a set up for his demise if he really believes the Lakers have no expectations to make a playoffs appearance.Also another championship is expected in the near future while Kobe Bryant is still a active player for the Lakers.MDA has too much pressure IMO,The hot seat stays warm 24/7 in LA.MDA is being criticized unfairly by some fans and media in LA.Give him a chance maybe he might actually help us develop some young talent and get enough wins to make the playoffs and then a run for the gold.MDA has my full support.

    Go Lakers!

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