JSM wrote:therealdeal wrote:I just know that Jim Buss, even if he did this, would face criticism. I don't blame him for wanting to prove (frankly) most of YOU guys wrong. I can't blame him for wanting to do it his way and wanting to be the one that brings the city back to the promised land. Especially if Phil can't swallow some of his own pride as well.
We'll see how much influence we fans have. We'll see how much influence the season ticket holders have. I don't know if it's enough.
Jimmy is going to face criticism for whatever move he makes right now, that's just the position he put himself into. Comes with the territory. But to a very large degree -- winning cures all. Winning makes people happy and makes people forget. Any oddsmaker in Vegas will tell you having Phil Jackson on your payroll in any regard will increase your chances to win.
I don't think just the fans and season ticket holders can get it done. It would take a talk by Kobe and/or Dwight. Dwight won't make any demands this summer, he knows his image can't afford it. But that doesn't mean he can't express his concern with the current coaching situation and describe what type of offense he believes LA would be getting the most bang for their buck with -- the triangle led by one Mr. Jackson.
I agree. Although I think some of the circumstance of the fans hating Jim wasn't necessarily his fault. He deserves wild criticism for his coaching decisions, but his personnel moves have been mostly great. His more personal decisions should also probably count against him a bit. I think he's become the number one blame option though and I think that's just silly. He's blamed for almost everything when it comes to the Lakers. I do think that if the Lakers began winning again he'd get some credit, but it would take a very, very long time before he got the credit he deserved. For instance, if we win a Championship within the next five years, how many people would be saying "we won in spite of Jim" or "call me again when he's won 10"? It's unfair, but them's the breaks.
I agree that it would take a joint effort by Kobe/Dwight/ticket holders/probably Mitch/the fans in general to get this ball rolling. That's one of the reasons I just don't see it happening. The ticket holders don't have as much to complain about as they did the first time Phil left: we still made the damn playoffs this year. Kobe isn't going to have as much leverage now that we're unsure of his return ability. And like you said Dwight likely won't try to rock the boat too much.