Jersey Girl Sports Nation, didn’t you just know the Lakers were going to call Phil Jackson?
I can hear Kobe making the desperate 911 call now. Why wouldn’t he? Phil IS the Lakers and has the ability and ”zen”ness to get into the player’s heads and bring out the best in them. And doesn’t his triangle offense remind you of the complicated relationship between the management, Kobe and the coaches?
I can remember back when Michael Jordan returned to basketball after a baseball sabbatical. Excitement was in the air! Scottie Pippen had the number 23 written on the bottom of his shoes; after a game, he lifted his feet and mouthed to Jordan to come back while beckoning and pointing to his shoes. I suggest Kobe fed-ex Phil a puzzle with one piece missing…
Jackson has already met with Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak and Executive Vice President, Jim Buss. A 2 year deal is on the table and being discussed according to sources for ESPN LosAngeles.com‘s Ramona Sheldon.
Jim Buss is anxious to make a quick but smart coaching hire and salvage the Laker season before it goes from bad to worse. He is also looking to redeem himself and his decision making in light of the lackluster 1-4 start under Mike Brown.
You have to respect the fact that a team that just acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash and has a million dollars payroll would expect…no DEMAND a better record.
Personally, I never thought Brown had a strong enough personality to manage all of the star power on the Lakers. While Brown was known and respected for his defensive prowess, I questioned his implementation of the ”Princeton Offensive” that never made sense for the Lakers. It took Steve Nash out of his element and what he does best-pushing the ball down the court and engaging his teammates in the offense.
I have to agree with Charles Barkley who said ”Princeton has never won a NCAA title. I want my tax attorney to be from Princeton, but not my players or my offense.”
The Lakers are in a good position to entice Phil back, his longtime girlfriend is the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, Phil is healthy and in good spirits, and the challenge of leading the re-vamped Laker team to a championship may be intriguing to him. Money is not the only motivating factor to the all-time winningest coach (11 titles).
What do you think Jersey Girls? Will Phil come back?
Maybe not with boyfriends…but sometimes it is good to go back to your past. Speaking of boyfriends-just like a bad boyfriend, the Lakers are keeping all of their options open and while Phil is the number one choice, they are also courting a few back-ups.
Mike Dunleavy, former Laker coach who led the Magic Johnson era team to the finals before losng to the Chicago Bulls and Mike D’Antoni, former New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns are being considered should Jackson elect not to take the job.
Stay tuned Jersey Girls because it’s always ”Showtime” in Los Angeles.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,