angrypuppy wrote:juninho wrote:As a coaach i ll take Phil but as a front office member i will take Mitch over him anyday. Also Kobe has no right to be impatient cuz he is the guy eats almost half of the cap. If he really wanted to win then he would take much less. Kobe is a great player but like Jordan he is a terrible gm.
I think that's a popular misconception. Phil in the front office would have been to usurp Jimmy's role rather than Mitch's, and they would have been great compliments. Mitch is one of the most astute GMs in terms of trading, cap space planning, and finding complimentary players. Two areas that I perceive him as weak are communicating with players and basic salesmanship, which is what you need when courting free agent stars. Coincidentally, those are the two areas that Phil would excel at.
Of course hiring Phil would have shoved Jimmy into the background, but that's where he belongs anyway.
With Jerry Buss gone Mitch doesn't have that pull to lean on. Jim certainly doesn't have it.