Hiring D'Antoni was terrible IMO. I felt like they only hired him because the were obsessed with re-creating "Showtime" when teams like that are long gone now and don't win championships. Hell, the Showtime Lakers were pretty much the last team to play that up-tempo style and win a title if I'm not mistaken.
Showtime was never going to work with Kobe and Howard on this team, no matter the PG. That's where D'Antoni has gone wrong.
He should take a step back and look at their careers.
has been a primary scoring option and top facilitator in the triangle offense almost the entire time he has been a starter in this league. Even with Shaq, Kobe started taking the most shots for this team back in the 2000-01 season, winning four of his five rings as the guy doing so.
has played in the "four out, one in" motion offense since he became a threat near the rim...basically most of his career, also. Van Gundy's offense catered Howard, and allowed four other players on the court to become three-point threats out of a strong Howard double-team, and that led them to the 2009 NBA Finals.
Both Kobe and Dwight were the primary scorers, and both created for their teammates. Kobe led the team in assists almost every season he has played with LA since the first championship...and has done so in every championship. Howard's assists were more hockey assists than anything, so you don't quite see that in the statsheet.
So what does a Showtime offense do for these two guys? It turns Kobe into Byron Scott, and Dwight is left trailing like Kareem would in his later years.
The difference is, Byron Scott never broke the offense to drop 30, and that's what's keeping us from being the worst team in the NBA.
The "offensive genius" we have coaching us right now...is a one-trick pony. He's not allowing Kobe and Dwight to maximize their effectiveness on the court. The point of bringing those two together was to force teams to double both, leaving two guys open...but if you're running your offense in a way that doesn't allow Dwight to catch down low AND doesn't allow Kobe to work his magic in the post, you're just not going to see consistent productive play.
When LeBron came to Miami, you didn't see him adjust to Wade, and you didn't see Wade adjust to Bosh. Both Wade and Bosh adjusted to the primary option and facilitator. Did that happen immediately? Nope, and as a result, the Heat started off rocky. Even in the 2011 Finals, LeBron did start to adjust to his teammates, and it cost them the championship. What happened in the offseason? He developed a post game, and the entire team stacked around that and won a championship with him leading the way.
Nash isn't even Dwyane Wade right now. Our coach has to recognize it, or we're going to fall short and watch Portland and Denver snag the last of the playoff spots out West.