Hi everybody! While I'm busy
throwing rocks at bottles in the yard preparing the WotW, I thought you might enjoy...
The Lakers: See what happens? The Knicks start winning and the
world goes completely insane. The
Lakers opted for the New York Knicks' sloppy seconds, even though the perfect
candidate already more-or-less had the job. And no, I'm not talking about Phil
Bernie Bickerstaff. That's right, I said it.
Phil Jackson may have more rings than he has digits on his hands to wear them,
but I'm sticking with Bernie. Why would I possibly suggest this madness? It's very
simple. I'll quote a tweet from ESPN reporter Arash Markazi: Kobe on
Bickerstaff: "He's good. He's getting the f--- out of the way."
He's getting the fuck out of the way...
I just wanted to let that line sink in. What we have here is essentially a top-of-the-line pick up team. You have the beast down low, the world's most
versatile power forward, Kobe, and eventually Steve Nash to be the ringleader.
A coach that gets the fuck out of the way is exactly what's needed, and you
don't have to pay him much either. This way,
instead of trying to force everybody into some ill-conceived system, Mike
Brown, they essentially just play and find their way into a rhythm.
Now, I'm not really suggesting that the Lakers
shouldn't have eventually selected Phil Jackson, but they didn't even milk this
situation for a good dead coach bounce, which was clearly underway. By keeping
Bickerstaff longer, the Lakers wouldn't be burning bridges with Jackson, as
they just did; they'd simply be dealing with the situation in a thoughtful
manner without making it look like the sky was falling. You know, the exact
opposite of what they just did.
Defense: So, a defensive minded coach who's
notoriously bad at designing an offense wasn't the guy for the job, hmmmm....
Oh, I got it! An offensive minded coach who's notoriously bad at defense,
somebody get Pringles on the phone. And get me a Banana Nutrament, damn
Childhood memories: When Kobe was growing up in Italy (the beginning of
the Godfather Part II), Mike D'Antoni was
the man. He won 5 titles of his own in the Italian league, and set the all-time scoring record for his club. Naturally, Kobe idolized him, and despite the two men having
been adversaries in the NBA, Kobe's affections haven't appeared to wane. At least
not judging from his recent "I love him" quote. I wonder how long that's
Phil Jackson: According to an ESPN source, P-Jax was expecting to have a job this week.
I'd be shocked too if I was the Michael
Jordan of coaches, and the Lakers chose to go with the coaching equivalent of
Damon Stoudamire. I bet Jackson misses these days:
When the Lakers called to tell Jackson that they had instead chosen Mike
D'Antoni to be their next head coach, he was "stunned," according to
the source, because he had been under the impression "it was his job to
turn down," although no formal offer had ever been made.
Maybe the Lakers can bring him on as a
consultant, so he can occasionally, mid-huddle, tell Pringles to shut up.