The recently formed super team that is the Los Angeles Lakers decided to fire Head Coach Mike Brown last week after an 0-8 preseason and beginning 1-4 in the first weeks of the regular season.
This didn’t come as a surprise to most. I would have liked to see the Vegas odds on how long he was supposed to last in Hollywood. I’d have bet and lost that he would have made it the All-Star break.
The pros and college differ in many ways, particularly when it comes to who they are playing for. In college it’s the name on the front of the jersey where as at the next level it’s the name on the back. A coach is trying to persuade players making way more money than them that they know what is best for the team.
A coach has to be personable and the team has to buy in. Brown is personable, but the Lakers never bought in to what he was trying to sell them, forcing a foreclosure.
He made it very clear that it was Kobe Bryant’s team. Yes, it is Kobe’s team, from a player’s stand point, not a coaching one. The respect line of player and coach was crossed early and eventually erased.
Zen Master Phil Jackson has surfaced as a strong candidate to replace Brown, the Lakers front office has met with him and will meet again soon.
Jackson has been brilliant in playing and winning mental games with men that have egos the size of the contestants on the Biggest Loser. Players buy into what he says, and his 11 championship rings speak for themselves, with five of them coming with the Lake Show.
It was Jackson who corralled the once wild stallion that was Michael Jordan. He convinced Jordan he could be the greatest of all time if he would simply practice what he was preaching.
Another horse in the race has been Mike D’Antoni, a former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach. It was rumored that Bryant originally wore the number eight because D’Antoni was his favorite Euro-League player while living in Italy as a child. How’s that for respect?
Newly acquired point guard Steve Nash flourished in his up-tempo offense where he won back-to-back MVP awards.
Even D’Antoni has mentioned that it’s Jackson’s job to lose. And I agree.
How will Nash, and Dwight Howard do in the Triangle offense? Will they be hurt by not having a full training camp if Jackson is hired? Those are a few of many questions that will be addressed.
Now it’s up to the Lakers and Jackson to decide who will answer them.