LOS ANGELES (AP) - Magic Johnson is questioning new coach Mike D'Antoni's system with the slumping Los Angeles Lakers, saying ``it doesn't fit the talent the Lakers have.''
The Lakers (9-12) are 4-7 in their last 11 games since D'Antoni took over from the fired Mike Brown. They opened a four-game trip on Tuesday night in Cleveland.
Earlier in the day at a Dodger Stadium appearance, Johnson criticized D'Antoni's plan to make the Lakers a running team. He says Kobe Bryant is the only player who can run, so the team should focus on its inside game, led by Pau Gasol.
Gasol was expected to miss his fifth straight game Tuesday night with tendinitis in his knees, while guard Steve Nash has missed 19 games with a broken left leg he sustained on Oct. 31.
According to Johnson, D'Antoni's first question in taking over the team should have been to ask Gasol where he wanted the ball and then give it to him.

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Pacers vs. Spurs Pick Are the Indiana Pacers going to keep it competitive tonight when they take on the host San Antonio Spurs...
Thumbnail Nets vs. Pistons Pick Are the host Detroit Pistons going to end their four-game losing streak this afternoon when they battle the Brooklyn...
Thumbnail Knicks vs. Lakers Pick  Are the New York Knicks going to secure a road win this afternoon when they play at the Los Angeles Lakers?...
Thumbnail Magic vs. Celtics Pick Is it going to be a dominating performance this afternoon at 1PM ET by the Boston Celtics when they host the Orlando...
Thumbnail Clippers vs. Jazz Pick Are the Los Angeles Clippers going to secure a seventh consecutive victory tonight at 9PM ET when they play the host Utah...

NBA Team Pages