When the Lakers floundered last season, it was easy to blame Coach Mike D'Antoni.
His biggest crime was not being Phil Jackson.
The team spent most of the year pushing through injuries (Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, Steve Blake, Jordan Hill, Antawn Jamison and Metta World Peace) and chemistry issues (Howard) -- and yet the Lakers won 28 of their final 40 games to make the playoffs.
By the time the Lakers faced the San Antonio Spurs, Kobe Bryant was out with a torn Achilles' tendon. The postseason ended quickly with a four-game sweep by the Spurs.
Bryant is set to return Sunday night when the Lakers host the Toronto Raptors.