With the Los Angeles Lakers moving forward with Mike D’Antoni, the veteran head coach has embraced the challenge of putting the pieces back to together in order to get this once dominant team back to form.
Although the team choosing D’Antoni over Phil Jackson is still fresh in everyone’s mind and arguably the wrong decision at the time, the Lakers will head into an uncertain future with D’Antoni at the helm.
Along with D’Antoni having a lot to prove in his second season with the team, Kobe Bryant’s return from surgery on his Achilles remains a hot topic. Kobe has made a remarkable recovery from the severe injury suffered back in April, but the five-time NBA champion still doesn’t know whether or not he’ll suit up on opening night against the Los Angeles Clippers in late October.
With Kobe’s timetable uncertain and so much changing with the departure of Dwight Howard, D’Antoni will be facing the toughest challenge of career. All the odds are against the Lakers heading into the 2013-14 NBA season and many believe the team may be headed into a downward spiral for quite some time due to the new CBA restrictions, but D’Antoni remains optimistic and believes things will be much different next season.
D’Antoni will make an effort to tune out all the chatter and criticism directed toward him next season and believes the team’s chemistry will be much improved in the meantime.
Although ESPN predicts the Lakers will finish 12th in the Western Conference next season as this team struggles to compete in a highly competitive conference, anything can happen from here on out while no longer dealing with high expectations.
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