Ok, not breaking news any more re. Mike Brown being fired, and I guess it's no surprise that the rumor mill is firing up massively as to who will be his replacement. ESPN reports that Phil Jackson is open to a return to the NBA,
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told reporters Friday afternoon that the team's brain trust -- Kupchak along with Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss and executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss -- already has put together a list of potential replacements for interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff. Among the "four or five" names on that short list is Jackson, according to a league source.My own sources (ok... a friend-of-a-friend who lives in LA... hardly concrete, but worth stating!) state that Phil Jackson has been seen today at LAX. Coincidence? As Franklin D. Roosevelt famously once said, "There are no coincidences."
Additionally, I do not believe that the Lakers would make this move unless all their little ducks were neatly in a row prior to this happening. Whoever the coach-elect is, I expect him to be in place before the next game - a home game vs Sacramento on Sunday... or at the latest, before the Spurs on Tuesday. This will happen fast enough to make heads spin. Still, if you want to win at sports or gambling, you have to take chances.
LA will definitely be looking to insert a coach that has instant gravitas with the players. It won't be someone like Brown... and is there a single coach alive with more weight than Phil Jackson? Quite literally, in the league's pantheon of coaches... Jackson sits above all others.
Wow, I find it hard to believe that you guys are being critical of the best choice out there. I came here to give my condolences for the hiring of Mike D'Antoni. I may be a Knicks fan but I am a basketball fan and as happy as I was for LeBron to get the Championship monkey off his back, I was thrilled that PJ was coming back to give the Heat some competition.
Now, some folks got what they wished for -- a worse option than allowing Brown to continue with the Princeton offense which was nothing more than the triangle and used exceedingly well by the Nets and the Kings the year the Nets won the championship (with Byron Scott as Coach for the Lakers)
Mike D'Antoni is the worst big name choice you could possibly get. Why? HE KNOWS NOTHING AMOUNT HANDLING BIG MEN. HE IS PHILOSPHICALLY OPPOSED TO DEFENSE BY DEFENDING. FOR HIM DEFENSE IS MORE OFFENSE; HE CANNOT MANAGE A GROUP OF STARS BECAUSE HE COWTOWS TO THEM. This is a disaster. Jerry Buss has too much ego for his own good.
The Knicks will win games because he will let them play and shoot. But they will never ever ever win another championship as long as Mike D'Antoni is the coach. Someone did not do their due diligence. Just check the way the Knicks play now versus how they played under D'Antoni.
I would feel sorry for you but clearly Laker fans would rather have a coach that focuses on part of the game instead on one who would coach part-time and develop a mentor.
Just more proof that any idiot can own a basketball team if he has enough money to blow/
@Lives "Being critical of the best choice out there"? How so?
Because I called him a "part-timer"? Hell, that's what Jackson would have amounted to being, and I'll stand by my comment that I do not want a guy who's half-assed about the job. Develop a mentor? Mentee perhaps? How would Phil develop his own 'mentor' (would that be Tex Winter?)?
Interesting you make the Freudian slip of calling the Lakers "the Knicks"... and really. You'll talk the Knicks up after less than half a dozen games? Just as I'll not write the Lakers off on their performances thus far this season, I'll not crown the Knicks as... well... anything yet.
And didn't the Knicks get to be rated 5th in Def efficiency with Mike D at the helm? Sure, Woodson had a lot to do with that... but at least realise that he has a helluva lot more to work with at LA than he did at New York.
Lastly: ridiculous to say "never". But for David Stern's suspension of Amare, they'd both be likely to already *HAVE* a ring.
I don't know even if Phil Jackson can right this ship. He's coming into a very tumultuous and dysfunctional time for the team--a factor that will definitely turn him off as he usually likes everything stable before he arrives. He's probably doing his girlfriend Jeannie a favor talking to her Dad, but I doubt anything is imminent.
@slapdoghoops Dunno about "favour"... I think Phil misses it all, and I think that if the Lakers cave to his requests, he'll do it.Having thought about it tho', I definitely do not want them coached by a part-timer, and that's what PJ would end up being. Bad for his legacy (the way he went out last time was bad enough), bad for the team.
@WithMalice @slapdoghoops There are subplots in the relationship between Phil and the Busses that probably will never come to the surface. But I think that Jerry Buss entertained the idea of getting Phil back because winning titles is still above everything else. That said, Buss was probably turned off by Phil's demands. He knew Phil's heart wasn't fully invested in coaching again. Maybe the demands was Phil's way of turning it down without looking like the villain.