wcsoldier81 wrote:Terrible coaches choices matter less when you don't have a championship roster caliber ... 11-12/12-13 teams were not title worthy regardless of whom the coach could have been .
The major mistake the FO made ( Jim , Mitch or whoever it might be) was to not get younger quickly after the Dallas debacle and to not adapt to the new league style of play ... Pau was still tradeable for solid pieces after the CP3 fiasco , draft picks were not valued ect ...
Last years grasp at desperation was most likely Jimmy driven but for a good reason IMO.... It was for his Dad. They knew it was his last season so they wanted to give him the team he's wanted for a long time. That's why there was no Phil 3.0. The good Dr. didn't like the Triangle and he wanted a return of "Showtime". He tried to give it to him.
The failure to sign role players easily available to us and trade away our picks for basically nothing over the years was a Phil/Mitch driven process. Phil didn't want youth or true point guards. He preferred a narrow list of vets.
I find it interesting that some think not bringing Phil back was a mistake.... I don't like MDA that much but having Phil back would again put us in the mode of getting nearly washed up vets and ignoring the PG position again for what?.... a year or two. Just prolongs the inevitable. The only mistake was entertaining Phil IMO. That alone did more damage than hiring MDA.
I'm not sure I am buying that Jimmy and Mitch walked from Phil because of Jerry's dying wish. If that were the case then they are truly moronic. MDA's system didn't fit with last year's roster at all. I thought that was hogwash. Again, if they really thought that was the BEST FIT then we are truly in bad hands right now. A 39 year old Nash, a 35 year old Kobe, an aging Ron Artest and two post up players in Pau and Howard? That's crazy talk. Was when it happened, and proved to be ineffective during the year, which is why they ditched it in order to finally start winning.
I think as has been the case that Jim wanted nothing to do with Phil. This is well documented from his on air fights with Jeannie about Phil's coaching to his treatment of Brian Shaw in his coaching interview. I think that once again Jerry Buss fell on his own sword for his son.
It was not a mistake to entertain Phil at head coach. The guy has won more championships than any other coach and the other guy up for the HC position has never even sniffed the Finals. His system is conducive to regular season entertainment but not the playoffs.
MDA actually did a ton of damage to both Jim Buss's credibility and in my mind he's at least partly culpable for Kobe's achilles' injury. That's a potential career killer. Phil NEVER, repeat NEVER would have let Kobe call the shots that way, running himself into the ground. No chance he plays multiple games at over 45 minutes per with a busted wheel under Phil. Sorry. That was the sign of a weak coach. Brown couldn't reel Kobe in either.
So no, no freaking way did entertaining Phil ever come close to hurting the Lakers the way that Jim Buss's handling of the coaching hire did and MDA's hiring did.
They also look pretty pathetic losing Howard. Yes, Howard left on his own accord. I get that. I also get that a lot of people weren't sold on him being a franchise type Max contract player. But he wanted Phil as coach, and I don't think he would have left if he had him.