khmrP wrote:I dont have as much of a problem as most do with mgmt. decision to go with MDA, however there is no argument when it comes to how badly mgmt. has handled this whole process. They disrepected and mislead not only us the fans but Phil even more so, I cannot understand how you could treat Phil so badly after all he's done for this franchise over the years.
^^ Great post khmrP. You and I went back and forth a little in the other big thread, but on this subject we can completely agree. While I personally think the decision to go with D' Antoni was a bad one that I'm not in favor of, the bigger issue here is how the Lakers FO - and I think Jim Buss rightfully takes the brunt of the blow since he is active day to day owner and ran the interview process - mishandled this whole thing.
They could have done a lot of things differently, but in the end they pissed off Phil, they pissed off the main body of their fan base, and they've done a disservice to the coach coming in because of the way they bungled this.
Just like you said, we're not used to Jerry Buss's Lakers organization running things in such a shabby manner. We were always the classy organization. Now you have Phil Jackson, most decorated NBA coach in history calling the dealings "slimy." His agent just trashed the organization for this. Now Magic Johnson is stepping into it and calling out Jim Buss directly.
I said in another thread that the FO was going to take this on the chin, and deservedly so. How they expected anything less than a crap storm after the way they ran this, I just can't fathom.
The titles of most of the articles were quite right IMO: it's the fans who suffer the most from this. We were the ones led to get our hopes up for something that wasn't going to happen.
At the end of the day I just wanted the Lakers to take more time than last time - to really interview more coaches and make an informed decision, not the jump the gun reaction that Jimmy had with Brown. They had a golden opportunity to right the mistake they made last time. And then they make a bigger mess of this one. Sorry, but Jim's just going to have to take the heat.
Like I said last time around, we'll have to see what happens whether the actual coaching hire decision was a good one or a bad one. Others have counseled me here not to prejudge D' Antoni. I have no choice but to go with it, that part is true. But I'm incredibly skeptical of this hire because on the surface -- all things being equal and forgetting the feud between Jim and Phil -- it would certainly seem that Phil would be the guy you want because he's done this before, taken a great roster all the way. Even if he was poo-pooing them slightly saying he wasn't sure they'd get past Miami, you know that he likes to try and squash expectations somewhat.
We shall see. But I'm very disheartened with the apparent direction that Jim Buss and perhaps Jerry are going with, which seems to me to put more emphasis on a visually appealing product for television (and new 3 billion dollar contract) than on getting someone in who will have the highest chance to win a championship. To me that was Phil or the less "sexy" candidate Jerry Sloan who is another outstanding coach, and didn't even receive a phone call I might add. That reminds me of the way Jim Buss just seemed to dismiss Adelman last time.