Lakers Looking to Focus on Improved Defense
“I (Coach Mike D’Antoni) would say 99.9 (percent) on defense and 0.1 on offense,” D’Antoni said with a sarcastic smile. “Does that satisfy you guys?”
He was making a joke with the over exaggeration, but the truth is, the coach actually has been making an effort to get his team to understand that their success this season will start with stops on the defensive end.
“It seems like he’s harping a little bit more on defense now,” Shawne Williams, who played for D’Antoni in New York, told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “He’s spending more time on defense. It used to just be a lot of offense and he used to try to tell us, ‘Defense comes from within,’ but now, everything starts with defense and then we let that dictate the offense.”