Mike D’Antoni and Steve Nash’s Chemistry Will Prove Jerry West Wrong

When the Los Angeles Lakers opted to hire Mike D'Antoni over 11-time NBA champion Phil Jackson as head coach, there was reasonable doubt amongst the NBA masses (via ESPN Los Angeles). For some, the concern was D'Antoni's lack of defensive expertise, and for others, it was concerns over his inability to win an NBA championship with Denver, Phoenix or New York.

The latest to weigh in on the issue is Lakers legend and NBA logo Jerry West. Just don't jump the gun on his comments, as D'Antoni and Steve Nash's chemistry will prove West wrong.

According to Adi Joseph of USA Today Sports, West sees flaws in the current Lakers team. Mr. Clutch is mostly concerned over their status as a championship contender, which is clearly the only acceptable thing for the Lakers to be.

But is West right in his criticism?

“A lot of people think they have a championship caliber team,” [Jerry] West said. “They may and they may not. When I look at this Lakers team I see flaws in it, but I think they are very capable and certainly injuries are going to be a part of that. But the most difficult thing to do when you have really good players is to hire the right coach.”

“Will Mike [D'Antoni] be the guy to lead them (to a championship)?” West asked. “I don’t know. But I went to bed the other night thinking Phil Jackson was going to be the coach, and it didn’t work out that way. Why?”

To be fair, the NBA logo has an undeniable point. Jackson was the better fit for this team, and selecting D'Antoni over him is a decision that we can only describe as questionable and potentially underwhelming in terms of results.

With that being said, this isn't your typical D'Antoni unit. This is one of the greatest collections of talent in NBA history being thrust into the control of an offensive mastermind.

The only real question is how do you slow down this army o...

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