Here are some stats that I put together:
We're 31 games into the season and the Lakers sit with a 24-27 regular season record.
The Lakers are 3 games under 50%. Statistically, the Lakers cannot lose more than 10 games to have a chance at making the playoffs.
In 2010-11, the Western 8th seed had a record of 46-36.
In 2009-2010, the 8th seed was 50-32.
The 2011-12 record is moot since the season was affected by the lockout (66 games, instead of 82). Kobe and Nash control this team - not D'Antoni. It is obvious that Kobe, Nash and Howard do not see any benefit from having a coach like D'Antoni. When D'Antoni tries to talk to players - no one seems to listen.
Thoughts by Loit Kaskla