Nov 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D

Los Angeles Lakers still searching for an identity


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.

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  • hookedonnews

    This team is coming together. It takes time to put a bunch of guys into a system and have them playing like a well-oiled machine. It also takes time to get the right player combinations. The game against NO is an indication of the kind of team they can be–and that’s without Kobe or Nash. Think MDA is doing a good job.