Why D’Antoni’s L.A. Lakers Won’t Be as Lucky as the 2011-12 Miami Heat

November 24th, 2012 by Josh Benjamin Leave a reply »
Despite a busy summer that saw them bring in both Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, the Los Angeles Lakers have struggled to start the season. The team's record is currently 6-7 and they have yet to win a game on the road.

Oddly enough, some people are still comparing this year's team to the 2011-12 Miami Heat, and Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com was quick to chime in with his two cents. Yes, the Heat got off to a 9-8 start that season, but Markazi is right. That team responded with a 12-game winning streak and went on to make the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Dallas Mavericks.

Mike D'Antoni does indeed have the Lakers looking like a better team since taking over as head coach on November 12, but to say that his team can right the ship enough to make this year's NBA Finals is a bit of a stretch.

Yes, the Lakers do have a championship-caliber roster, but are still much different in comparison to the Heat team that took the NBA by storm two seasons ago.

First of all, the Miami Heat were lucky enough to have LeBron James that season. He is the best all-around player in the NBA, and his versatility is going to turn any t ...

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