…but make no mistake about it. I will come June. The Lakers had a huge opportunity to upgrade their chances of winning another championship 5 games into the season. They fired coach Mike Brown and decided to bring in someone who could coral the mix of young, bright talent, some crafty veterans, and The Wannabe Kobe Bryant into one cohesive championship unit. I’ve said it before, I will say it again, and I will shout it from the rooftops comes NBA Finals time. The Lakers will regret not rehiring Phil Jackson to take the reigns of this team.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no problems with and a lot of respect for Mike D’Antoni. He’s a great guy, a players coach, and a brilliant basketball mind. Unfortunately, he only uses one side of the brain and basketball. The Lakers can’t be just good, or a contender, they have to be the best. You can’t win championships in the NBA, or any level of real sports, without defense. Offense may score a lot of tickets, and make players and fans happy. It will sell tickets and buffer stats, but it can’t produce championship results.
Call me old school, but I side with The Great One:
Offense scores points but defense wins championships.
The Lakers needs a strong, established leader, to focus and hone their skills into one ship with all the sails catching wind in the same direction. The Lakers need to understand the basketball reality that offensive excellence alone will not produce the results they most desperately need in L.A. This is especially true with Kobe’s career starting to wind down. The Lakers don’t need an offensive-only-minded coach that has already taken (and lost) his best shot at winning a championship with a younger Steve Nash and a herd of young stallions to run and gun in Phoenix.
I hate to say I told you so…but I will…come June…because the Lakers will be watching the Finals and regretting they didn’t rehire Phil Jackson.