This is not LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh working through their growing pains during a 9-8 Heat start to the 2010-11 season. This is a Lakers team that has yet to play a single game intact under the D'Antoni system. For now there is nothing but chaos, chaos exacerbated by Pau Gasol's knee issues.
The best (and worst) thing about an NBA season is that it is 82 games. We figured that by now, the Lakers would just be bored with it all, the only real entertainment provided by Dwight Howard and Jack Nicholson yukking it up.
They'd be largely marking time until the playoffs.
Instead, there has been high drama, coaches coming and going, offenses installed and stalled, Dwight a fright at the line. If Steve Nash had been playing during this slow start, I'd say the Lakers should sound an alarm.
But let's see them after Nash returns from injury in a week or so. The offense will run smoother and Mike D'Antoni will be a much better coach.
Turnovers (average of 16.3 per game in Mike D'Antoni era) and trouble seems to lurk around every corner considering that seven of the Lakers' next nine games are on the road and that there is no fixed date for Steve Nash's return.
Backup point guard Steve Blake was scheduled to have abdominal surgery Wednesday and won't be back for at least six to eight weeks. Dwight Howard seems in denial about his considerable free-throw shooting woes. At least Magic Johnson hasn't tweeted about the Lakers since Monday morning. Then again, the day is not over yet.