5 Reasons Phil Jackson Will Coach The Lakers This Season
I know it's only two games into the season, but so what? It's not too early for Laker Nation to panic. The Lakers were embarrassed by a Dallas Maverick team that didn't have the services of Dirk Nowitzki or Chris Kaman. Steve Nash (who averages 17 points and nine assist per game) was held to 7 points and 4 assists. Dwight Howard went 3 for 14 from the free throw line and Metta World Peace 1 for 8 from the field. Then they let Portland run roughshod over them last night. The newly implemented Princeton offense is not yielding the desired results and the defense looks out of sync. The easy solution is to bring back the Zen master and his triangle offense back to LA to restore order from all this chaos. 11 championships in 13 NBA finals is enough evidence he can get the job done. Here are 5 reasons Phil Jackson will coach the Lakers this season.
1. Ego. Clearly Phil Jackson's accomplishments speak for themselves, but winning championships never gets old and he misses the game. Jackson expressed an interest in returning to coaching last season and had serious talks with the Orlando Magic. Now that his health issues are behind him and his battery is recharged he would relish the opportunity to make another title run.
2. Kobe Bryant. Truth be told Phil Jackson is the only coach Kobe Bryant really listens to. If you watch the interaction between Kobe and Mike Brown the conversations go in one ear and out the other. The Black Mamba realistically only has 3 years left and Phil Jackson is the perfect coach to end his career with. The triangle offense is where Bryant has found the most success.
3. The Buss Family. Dr. Jerry Buss is not a big fan of losing. Jim Buss doesn't want to be the guy who gets the keys to his father's Bentley then drives it off the side of the road. Jeanie Buss has a certain amount of influence over the Zen master. Put all those things together and you have a recipe for Phil's return.
4. Mike Brown. Fro the very beginning Mike Brown has had the look of a deer in the headlights. The players treat him like a substitute teacher and Laker fans show him the same level of respect as Rodney Dangerfield. Now that the Lakers have added Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the l=mix the level of expectation is more than he can handle.
5. Championship aspiration. The Los Angeles Lakers are built to win now and there's no margin for error. There's no time to experiment with new ideas when your best players only have a few years left. Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash have played 16 seasons, Metta World Peace 13, and Pau Gasol 11 (not counting his professional career in Spain). If they don't win a championship in the next two years chances are it will be a long time before they raise the trophy again at the Staples Center.
Here is a link to this story on Bleacher Report. Laker Nation is definitely chiming in on this one.