jlkr wrote:They wouldn't have to keep triangle ... but the correct hire was Adelman, not Brown. Adelman already had a proven track record of knowing post offense and knowing how to use two post players together. Took a 4th quarter choke job in a 7th game that ran overtime for the Shaq-Kobe Lakers to beat the best of Adelman's teams. Heck Adelman got a seriously undersized Houston team to a 7th game against the Lakers in 2009. You may call that one smoke and mirrors or call it the Lakers playing down to the competition, but you can't deny Adelman's Rockets team came to play. The man knows how to coach and he is not afraid to tweak his system to fit the players he has available to him. Better yet, he had Kobe's respect and endorsement as the next best candidate if the FO didn't want Shaw.
^^ This all day. I am with you jlkr. To answer the question, no, it wasn't a good decision. Not in a lockout season with no time to adjust to a new system. Not with the players we had at the time - Kobe, Gasol, Bynum and Fish, i.e. no real point guard. And no, because we needed some kind of continuity to have the best chance to do well in a shortened season. The teams that did the best had no significant changes to speak of in Miami and OKC.
Adelman or Shaw would have been the best choice as many of us were arguing at the time. With Shaw you had the triangle and you had a person in charge who Kobe and the others trusted. Yes, there was a gamble in that he had never been a head coach before, but Shaw has been such a leader that Phil trusted him and groomed him and Kobe endorsed him.
I was in favor of Shaw but once Adelman's name came up and I thought further on it, Adelman became the clear favorite to me. His offense was closely related to the Triangle with possibly a little more interplay between the high post (Gasol) and Kobe with some pick and roll and cuts. Regardless, it was close enough to implement without much problem.
Personnel-wise, we still needed to upgrade at the 1. But Sessions would have been a nice fit at PG for Adelman, and he came about mid-season. Ron Artest played some of his best ball under Adelman so that was a no-brainer fit.
Well, what could have been . . . I would give a lot to have seen Pau and Dwight and Pau and Bynum play under Adelman. I think we could have seen a revitalized Gasol. This year it's a moot point because his injuries have totally undermined his play.
Jerry Buss and Mitch were both on board for Adelman. Jim hired Brown and that was truly a mistake. Next time Jim should let Mitch pick out the coach.