Nah, it's not all on D'Antoni, but Gasol is still an NBA player. Excellent coaches put players in position to maximize their contributions and abilities, no matter how big or small.
In a double-post, Gasol can facilitate, and it sticks him closer to the rim (to grab o-boards). If he's not going to make any shots, if he can't score...at least he can still do those two things.
D'Antoni has not made changes. It's not by choice, but because he can't. He's not the offensive mastermind people initially thought.
On the contrary, in actuality both Artest and Dwight co-existed in the post very well.
There is a reason why lineups with Artest at the 4 and Dwight at the 5 were effective.
Artest knew what to do, didn't screw up spacing and was willing to do such.
You can't tell me it's all on D'antoni when we've seen Artest and Howard both in the post effectivelyt together.
We have both probably also seen D'antoni try to run double post, the guy has been quoted numerous times about how often he tries to run stuff like that trying to get Gasol involved down low with Dwight.
Each time the same result happens.. Gasol will screw up the spacing or take dominant position(despite not having the ball) which will lead the double straight to Dwight and once it's there Gasol woll back away and eliminate himself from the play and 8 times out of 10 it would result in a turnover.
I've seen the same play numerous times and Gasol is too smart a player to do that.
I keep saying he doesn't "want" to double post with Dwight, he sees it as a sacrifice. He wants to be starting center on this team.
Gasol isn't gonna double post properly with Dwight, if you or anyone else hasn't seen that since January it's a lost cause. We can scream at D'antoni "all you gotta do is this!". But the reality is everytime he's tried Gasol screws it up with his spacing and causes turnovers.
Let's not forget, Phil Jackson even got to a point he couldn't reach Pau.
Pau is unreachable right now. He wants to be starting center, until he gets it you won't get. Proper double post out of him this season unless HE is the 5.
So a lot of it is on Gasol, they run the double post set up, Gasol gets in the wrong position, leads his defender straight to Dwight, that's not D'antoni, that's Gasol. It's not that D'antoni can't coach it, it's Gasol doesn't want to do it.
We ran Ron and Dwight both in the post to great effectiveness, obviously D'antoni knows how. Gasol just isn't gonna play ball. Simple as that.