Breaking Down Adjustments Mike D’Antoni Still Needs to Make

Mike D'Antoni, head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, said it best when he told the media, "We're 3-5. I think mathematically we're still in the race."

That sarcastic, yet accurate line comes courtesy of Lakers Nation, and it helps put an inconsistent start to the year into perspective.

Nobody expected the Lakers to be great during the 2013-14 NBA season, but following an early statement victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, expectations began to rise for the most optimistic of fans.

Unfortunately for the fanbase, the party was short-lived. 

Following the big win, the Lake Show has gone just 3-5. The playoffs are still up for grabs if the team can improve, but with every loss that takes place, the postseason looks more and more like a pipe dream that simply won't come true. 

If long-term success is going to be a realistic goal, establishing a clear-cut rotation has to be priority No. 1. No team in The Association should run a regular 11-man rotation, but that's exactly what D'Antoni is doing at this point in the process.

Those in favor of the rotation will point out the case study of Xavier Henry. The 22-year-old has found success because of D'Antoni's willingness to swap roles at any moment, and as a result, he's been more effective than his alternative, Nick Young.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, it's also causing distress to players like Chris Kaman. According to Arash Markazi of, the big man is cautiously waiting for an opportunity to play more minutes on a more regular basis.

Kaman has the fourth-highest PER on the roster—third-highest among players who see regular action—yet he's playing fewer than 18 minutes per contest, making him one of just three rotation players who can make that claim.

Experimentation is fine for a while, as the 22-year-old Henry proved, but once Kobe Bryant returns t...

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