Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Anticipates ‘Top Five’ Pace This Season

mikedantoniWhen Mike D’Antoni first joined the Los Angeles Lakers, not many people saw his offensive system working well with the aging roster. Despite the backing of the front office and even the players, D’Antoni just could not get his style of play to function in Los Angeles.

D’Antoni spoke to the Los Angeles Times, and he talked about what he expects from the team this upcoming season. Although D’Antoni wants to keep it a high-paced offense, he understands what the players are and aren’t capable of.

Which kind of pace does D’Antoni envision the Lakers running this season?

“It won’t be crazy,” he said, “but we want to push it and get a nice pace. We want to get some easy buckets before the defense sets up, so we’ll be up in the top five probably in pace, but it won’t be breakneck speed.”

Steve Nash ran the D’Antoni to near perfection during his days in Phoenix, but the Hall of Fame bound point guard has lost his step over the years. Although Nash is still one of the best pure point guards in the league, it was hard for him to play in D’Antoni’s system when nearing the age of 40.

However, it appears as though D’Antoni is making the necessary adjustments to the offense and is molding his style of play based on the players he has.

—————————————————————————-

Ryan Kelly’s Future With The Lakers Is Uncertain

You May Also Like

Metta World Peace Says Lakers’ Grammy Trip “Not Successful”

After a comeback win against the Charlotte Bobcats which “irritated” Kobe Bryant,…

Jordan Hill, Antawn Jamison Impress in Lakers Full-Court Scrimmage

With training camp right around the corner, the Lakers are preparing themselves…

NBA Rumors: Nicolas Batum Prefers To Remain With Hornets?

With the salary cap set to make a huge jump this summer, a number of players are set to cash in big…

Lakers News: Alex Caruso ‘Eagerly’ Waiting For 2019-20 NBA Season To Resume

It feels like it’s been an eternity since the NBA suspended operations on March 1 after Rudy Gobert tested positive for…