Antoni's "Suns" ball, doesn't work for a Kobe system.
Laker's work perfectly with a big man(like Shaq), who can coexsist with Kobe. You get two support guys who are great defenders, and have kobe shoot most the balls, while your "Shaq" does a lot of tip ins, and offensive rebounds. Nash isn't the PG I would have picked for this team. Chris Paul is who you want, or just someone who is a team player.
Gasol is not the same big man and now you don't got Bynum or Odom, or a Derek Fisher. You find someone who can play the roles they did, and you might have a chance. But I think people are right, the one thing you can't replicate was Phil Jackson's coaching.
This quick, fast pace Antoni/Nash ball, where you run and gun is not effective with this team, it works for Houston, but its sloppy street ball that won't win Championships. Especially when you playing with 30+ year olds who don't got young legs.
I think Lakers would be better offer getting a big "young" "cheaper" "effective" 7 footer for Gasol, and figure out the howard situation, get him healthy or scrap him. Then I would smack Antoni and Nash, and tell them this is Showtime, and this is Laker Land, accept it or leave it.
Then play the kind of ball that won this team championships! Antoni's system at best will get you a Western Conference loss.
All great things come to an end...even in basketball -Me