Hmm this is some interesting insight... from ESPN.com
Apparently one of the reasons the Lakers also chose D'antoni was because they were sold on pick and roll sets.
McHale and the Rockets had explained how they'd tailor their offense to highlight Howard, and D'Antoni was trying to convince him he hadn't given this other way a real chance. He hadn't, of course. The Lakers had studied his production in pick-and-roll sets in Orlando carefully -- before hiring D'Antoni -- and concluded that he had been an excellent player out of those sets with the Magic. But almost from the start, he seemed uninterested in and uninspired by the offense. It was a constant source of tension within the team during the season. His Lakers teammates complained both publicly and privately, frustrated to no end. Eventually after the All-Star break, Howard made a better effort to get on board, but he never truly embraced it. ESPN.com
Then you look up the stats that say when he did run the pick and roll he finished it 78% effectiveness for 2nd in the league. If this report is true, then that would explain why some of his teammates don't see it as a big deal he's gone. Sounds like it could have been Dwight's decision the whole time. But alas... that's probably another reason why he tried Kobe's patience, if the guy complains about touches yet is intentionally not running nor committing to pick and rolls when he is the BEST center in the game at it, especially with a point guard like Steve Nash or a guy like Kobe there is a problem.
Suddenly all those times he wouldn't commit off rolls and would miss the pass or it'd go behind him cause he wouldn't look for it, or all those half hearted picks he used to set for Kobe and Nash and how he'd barely attempt to cut to the rim off some of them flashed in my mind.
I understand completely now why both Nash and Kobe were frustrated with him AND why they have more confidence in Gasol at the 5.
What a headache that must have been.
Edited by Majesty, July 07, 2013 - 06:34 PM.