Look people, it's safe to assume they brought in D'Antoni to try and run the Steve Nash offense. Problem is Nash is 38 and he might do his thing this year, but he will be falling apart due to his age very soon. Maybe he can handle this season, but I'm not sure if he's got another year in him to RUN the offense with starter minutes. He might be effective off the bench for a couple more... but you see, it means pretty much they are all invested to win the championship THIS year. So D'Antoni makes sense as long as Steve Nash is the starting point and plays enough minutes and that comes with a limit time wise. Otherwise Mike D'Antoni is not the man they need.

Again Howard might not re-sign after this year and the rest will get one year older and slower. If they lose Dwight after this year, they HAVE to rebuild around Kobe. As Matt pointed out, Kobe has a no-trade clause in his contract (I missed out on that). So they will have to keep Kobe, unless Kobe himself and the franchise decide to change that...

So it all comes down to the Lakers chemistry. When built through big trades, all great teams either develop chemistry immediately (Boston) or it takes lots of time (Miami). It looks like Lakers need time, which they don't have for reasons mentioned above. This year I just don't see them beating Spurs (add Thunder, Grizzlies, maybe Clippers) in a playoff series, when Lakers are still developing chemistry.

About the Steve Nash offense. For it to work, Kobe needs to start playing way more off ball and spot up much more. I'm sorry if I don't see that happening. Pau Gasol wants to post up and for a good reason. He gets tired quickly when he needs to run up and down the court. He likes the half court game much better (watch some Laker games from past and present - you will see him always coming back late on D when pace is fast). Dwight might become a problem when opposing teams start to go for the hack-a-Dwight strategy during playoffs...

I really have difficulty seeing where the chemistry can come from. Starting with the coach who's only good for Nash. Gasol and Kobe being at their best in half-court situations. Their savior in all this mess could be Dwight, but with his atrocious FT-shooting he might also be their downfall.

My original post was about the trading, should Lakers still suck come trading deadline. This post is more about why I think they might suck. I might be wrong on all accounts and they may develop amazing chemistry once Nash gets back. All of this is for consideration only. I think it's the point of a forum.