Do you believe that Mike D'Antoni is the coach to lead any roster that we have to a 17th NBA Championship.
This roster? No.
But neither is Phil.
Do I think that a 70-73 year old Phil Jackson would lead this roster to a championship in any of the next 3 years before Kobe retires? We would need a very strong roster for that to happen, and in the next 2-3 years prior to Kobe's retirement it would be more on the roster we assemble than the coach of that roster.(to start things)
What I mean by that is, if this roster remained pretty much the same for the next 2-3 years, do you see Phil leading them to a championship? Do you see Lionel Hollins turning Gasol and Kaman into Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.
Remember Lionel Hollin's entire offense aside from trying to go through both bigs(which is working wonders for Pau currently...) pretty much had no rules along the perimeter, so guys were always isoing.
When you have shooters on a team like this you want the ball constantly moving, it's the same philosophies Phil would teach and honestly when we have the ball moving it LOOKS like triangle plays(which I'm sure Rambis has sprinkled in)
But the main problem with this team is not the coach, the coach has gotten 11 guys to play their hearts out, and there is one guy that's not.
If the entire team wasn't listening to D'antoni or playing hard for him I'd understand the perspective, but the fact of the matter is everyone is playing their hearts out for him and this organization and the only guy that isn't is Gasol.
It is not like we have a championship roster currently, but what we do have is a team that has the capability to be a dark horse(if Kobe returns healthy) and ONLY IF Gasol steps up.
IF we had Phil it would be the exact same way. We'd be depending on Pau to step up as well as Kobe to return healthy and we wouldn't get a higher seed.
Gasol is a bigger problem than D'antoni right now, because every other big is excelling in this system except Pau who is supposed to be the best guy out of the three big men we have. When 11 guys are playing at a higher level than they have in their careers and putting their heart and soul on the line for this team and ONE guy isn't and it's messing up all the good the other players do, it's the one player more than it is the coach as D'antoni has 11 other guys believing in this.
The only thing that could be done to fix it is moving Gasol or benching him and we can't afford to do either right now.
Edited by Majesty, November 10, 2013 - 11:02 PM.