I can't speculate on Howard...but I can speculate on Dr. Buss...we're comparing a 1 year sample size to a 30+ year career.
And what is he primarily known for? Winning. You tell Dr. Buss, you want uptempo or a better shot at a ring, you know he's choosing the latter. Especially if that ring puts us as one of the most winningest franchises in all of the land. There's no doubt he wanted Showtime again, but we're acting like there was never any deviation from the triangle. Phil in his latter years actually encouraged more uptempo because he had the personnel to do that with. Showtime was given to the fans because it was it was what the fans wanted to see in this town...well, the fans wanted to see the triangle again...only this time it never came.
After claiming due diligence in finding a new coach, the Lakers rushed into bringing in MDA, who was on the other side of the states, still recovering from knee surgery. Not only that, but we were 5 games into the season...who else were we competing with for his services? The way that all went down was not very Dr. Buss-like...
And that includes the offseason. Jeanie said it best....the closer wasn't there. With the right people around the situation, which includes the Doc and Phil, I'm sure a marquee free agent chooses to stay AND take the extra guaranteed money. Its really unheard of.
Lastly, if you think about the NBA and just how close knit it is, you can't ignore all the red flags. Nearly every basketball head has nothing remotely flattering to say about Jimmy, yet they gush about Jeanie. That isn't a mere coincidence. The media swings alot of its propaganda, but you can't ignore all the people that were close to the Lakers who have commented on the current status of our FO. You have Jeanie stating that she wasn't part of the decision making process....so you have an ill man, a jaded man and a yes man making the call. The fans once again demanded a candidate. The Doc supposedly picked a guy he has no relationship with and that has never worked under the Laker umbrella over his own soon to be son-in-law. Very peculiar.
I guess this is something we just won't see eye to eye on Roo.