V.V.V.V.V. wrote:I agree that we dodged a bullet when Dwight didn't resign. He was the wrong guy to be the face of the franchise, and the wrong guy to play with Kobe during his twilight years. But I don't believe that Jimmy should get kudos for that.
Suppose that Dwight WAS the right guy for the franchise going forward. Then Jimmy really messed it up for us big-time. He tried to woo Dwight with billboards that made it look like we were desperate. He pissed Dwight off by bringing in Kobe, the teammate he is jealous of, to the meeting and lets him patronize Dwight. He brings in the coach he never should have hired, MDA, to the meeting, as a vote of confidence for MDA over Dwight's wishes. He won't let Phil and Jeannie go to the meeting, despite Dwight likes and respects them both, and would probably let Phil talk some sense into him. Can you imagine Jerry West doing the same to Shaq? Or Jerry Buss?
So whether or not Dwight was the right guy for us, Jimmy completely mishandled the whole situation, and is responsible for him leaving. I'm convinced that a better coach, and a better pitch to Dwight about how he was going to get the keys to the organization soon, despite what Kobe says when he's feeling competitive, would have sealed the deal. And I don't believe that Mitch and Jimmy wanted Dwight gone, so they [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.] the pitch to drive him away. It was clear that they wanted him, and believed that signing Dwight was better for the Lakers than not, and giving him time to grow to appreciate the Lakers was the best bet. But even if Jimmy did sabotage the meeting on purpose, because he didn't like Dwight anymore, that again is the wrong move. Signing Dwight and letting him attract other marquis players would have been better than having no one, with the possibility of flipping him for some other star if it doesn't work out.
My belief is that it was Jimmy's insistence on keeping his coach choice, MDA, that drove Dwight away. He was beligerent enough to bring MDA to the meeting, even when anyone could have told him that it was a bad choice. I don't know why Kobe was invited either, since it would clearly rub salt on the wound. Jimmy should have insisted that Kobe stand down. Overall, the whole thing was IMO completely mishandled.
And the unrestrained hate for Dwight lingers on. Maybe it's a personal thing, but I really don't see to much Dwight did wrong that makes me glad he's gone. He annoyed the hell out of me last season but I'll also allocate the blame equally: horrible coach, too little depth, injuries, and Kobe's dominant persona.
In no way, shape, or form did we dodge a bullet. We traded our best trading piece (Bynum) for him then lost him for nothing.
Maybe Dwight is not the main guy on a dynasty team but he's easily a great #2 and an unparalleled #3.If he stayed and we stayed healthy, I think we'd have a shot to win. (Given we did what we did this off-season along with resigning Dwight). If LeBron and Melo decided to stay next summer then we would have rode them out one more year and built a new superteam of Howard/Love/Rondo. That's certainly a dynasty level team and we could have still won a ring before then.
Instead, we're going to strike out this coming summer *unless you consider Melo our savior and we''re goign to be good enough not to get a top 3 pick in a superstar heavy draft.