I'm still on board with Nash and Dwight, I give kuddos to Jimmy for that. For not having a starting PG and ending up with Nash (even in the tail end of his career) is excellent. Upgrading one of your key players (Bynum) for an even better one is a great move. I take those deals 7 days a week.
But that fateful weekend when Mike Brown was fired (right move) and MDA was hired (wrong move) is what I'm critical of. Jimmy's personal vendetta/power struggle with Phil Jackson may well be the thing that sets this franchise into a talespin. Other than Jim, I can't think of any reason why Phil is NOT the coach of this team.
So lets see now - we have two bigs and probably 3 of the best post players in the league by position. So who do we hire? Not Phil, who's offense can create post-up opportunities with not only our bigs, but with Kobe and Artest as well. Instead we hire MDA, who runs an uptempo 4-and-1 and classifies post-up possessions as "low energy plays". Did I mention we're the 3rd oldest team in the league?
Also - we've just traded for Dwight, who has had "motivation issues" and, to boot, "chemistry issues" with Kobe that date back Beijing in 2008. So who do we hire? The rah-rah, "it's all good" coach who glosses over defensive strategies like they're dinner plans. Who do we leave in the dust? The guy who's nickname is the ZEN MASTER.
And as fans, I know it's easy to turn a blind eye to some of the details - but it's not hard to tell. All photos of Phil were taken down from the Lakers facilities. Ball boys and trainers who were just FRIENDS with Phil where fired. Don't need to rehash what happened to B-Shaw and the rest of the coaches. Keep in mind - this is for a coach who netted you 5 rings and retired on his own will. Not a guy who was fired.
Oh yeah, the other guy is also in with the owner's daughter.
When I mentioned Jim in this thread, it's strictly about NOT hiring Phil. Everyone and their mother knows that Phil should be coaching this team. Other than Jim, what is the reason why Phil isn't the coach? That's why Magic gets on TV and outright says "I believe in the Lakers, I don't believe in Jim Buss". Hard to argue with him.
"that is greatness right there, you can't stop greatness" - Charles Barkley on Kobe Bryant, 2010 WCFs