Regardless of the tumultuous season that has unfolded, the Lakers maintain no regrets on hiring Mike D'Antoni as coach instead of Phil Jackson. But if Jackson had returned for his third stint with the Lakers, it at least remains clear he'd use the personnel differently. Particularly Dwight Howard. "They just don't put the ball in the post," Jackson told Sports Illustrated. "They'll use a screen-roll to get the guy in the post. But there's no consistent plan to do it. "Yes, Kobe (Bryant) will go in there. But Dwight just doesn't get any touches. They've basically eliminated his assets." Howard entered the Lakers' game Tuesday averaging 16.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, his lowest marks since the 2005-06 season. Part of that reflects his 10-month old surgery, a torn labrum in his right shoulder and a reduced offensive role compared to his eight seasons with the Orlando Magic. "I don't have a lot of comment on that," D'Antoni said about Jackson's comments. "That's fine. Everybody has got an opinion." Jackson's obviously carries more weight. He won five of his 11 NBA championships in two separate stints with the Lakers (2000-2002, 2009-10). "I can do more for this team and I can do more and it starts with me," Howard said. "I'm working on a daily basis trying to get into better shape so I can do more. It is tough coming off one major injury. I don't want anybody to feel sorry for me. "It is tough. It's not as easy as I expected it to be. But I did come back early, doing the best I can. I'll continue to give more."
Phil Jackson critical of way Dwight Howard is used
L.A. Daily News | Feb 21