After the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a 113-90 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Lakers’ head coach Mike D’Antoni began to question what kind of identity his team had, saying, “We don’t play slow or fast. We don’t do anything with a purpose. We’re trying to get that.”
The loss dropped the Lakers to 3-5 on the season.
“We’re trying to clarify what playing hard means because sometimes I think it’s misconstrued in the press by me, not by you guys,” D’Antoni told Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. “But being able to anticipate what’s happening, being mentally alert, they’re all trying, but a lot of times, we’re like one or two steps behind because we didn’t anticipate or get to a spot we needed to to be able to benefit from playing hard, if that makes sense. So, it’s not a character issue. It’s just a matter of execution.”
D’Antoni may have to insert Jodie Meeks into the starting lineup because of Steve Nash’s health problems. The Lakers have been starting Nash alongside Steve Blake in the back court.
The Lakers will return to the court Tuesday when they host the New Orleans Pelicans at 10:30 pm EST.