I don't like that Phil is trying to manipulate his way into the FO or coaching position. If he didn't retire 2 years back, he would have continued with his job, correct? It was up to him. He saw Kobe was injured, Pau was mentally gone and Lakers had an aging squad that couldn't be rebuilt via FA. He chose the easy way instead of regrouping the team for championship. Just in next season we wanted to trade Pau for CP3, it failed but Mitch tried it. Mike Brown and D'Antoni had both unfortunate years. Both started their seasons without a training camp, Brown had to deal with Bynum's drama and post-lockout [expletive]tiness, D'Antoni had to deal with the most ridiculous year of all in terms of collective injuries. Phil would have been no different in either circumstances. He coached the team that got swept by Mavs. He couldn't deal with THAT, and other things and walked away. Now of course he'd want to come back. He will have the most dominant center after Shaq era at his disposal. And [expletive] loads of cap space next year. It is 1999 for him all over again. The opportunities are there, he just needs to 'teach' some triangle. Oh goodie.
I'd love to see this team succeed but I can't stomach this knowing that this is exactly his plan. And doing it with under the title of "promoting his book".
I'll ask this. How long do you think Phil will coach? 2 years? 5 years? 10 years? No. Answer is whenever he feels ready to jump the ship. He's a smart bastard that doesn't want to be part of losing seasons. Call it ego, ring collection or whatever. There is just no work ethic there. There is no loyalty. Mitch and Jerry Buss have seen that from far away. They won't do it all over again. It is gonna be same mess after 2 years and in a likely playoff struggle, will we call for the "Zen Master" again? No, I don't like that. I don't want that. This organization needs to move on one way or another. They chose to do it with Mike Brown and then D'Antoni but their views are conflicted. Pressure of winning puts great stress on FO. There is just no planning. You have to be patient and read the situation. Mike Brown was not at fault, and neither is D'Antoni. If you cannot identify these things, then you also don't have the correct mindset to do team related business. And if that means buh-bye to Dwight, so be it.
Fanbase is too emotional and passionate, rightly so since winning is in Lakers culture. However, you need to look at the full picture instead of bangwagoning.
Ima let you finish but.... he coached our team when Smush Parker and Kwame Brown were our starting point guard and center....
Phil didn't bail on us when there was no end in site and we "lost" our center and he was part of the rebuilding project during the dark years.
In fact HE came back the very season after we missed the playoffs and the future didn't look too promising.
I may be critical of Phil at times but one thing I know he isn't is a coward, and it isn't just me saying that, evidence proves it.
IF he wanted to bide his time he wouldn't have had anything to do with us after missing the playoffs. Nor trying to tackle "coaching" Kobe again. But he did, he did when we were a team that through his coaching and Kobe's greatness were able to make the 8th and 7th seeds.
These were dark years, he was coaching us to what appeared like a darkhorse season where we looked like we could do damage when Bynum started coming into his own, Bynum went down and our season looked bleak and then we got Pau Gasol.
But that doesn't take away the fact that Phil came back to coach us one year removed from feeling that Kobe was "uncoachable" he took that challenge again on a team that had just missed the playoffs when he didn't have to.
The only reason he left after getting swept by Dallas was his health, sure, I feel like he lost the locker room(outside of Kobe) but his health was also declining, and because of the recent story about his cancer and what he revealed(and regretting it) it tells more to the story.
His health was the only thing that kept him from returning, but when Mitch and the Lakers offered him the job(before the thinking period and before they made a rushed decision) they made sure that Phil told them that "health wise" he could coach the team. And Phil told them his health was good and he could but that he needed to think about it still.
Phil isn't being opportune because we look like a championship contender with our roster. Phil came back when there was no end in sight and we'd just missed the playoffs and stayed with us through a rebuilding project which lead to 3 finals appearances.
Despite his age and despite his health, he has earned the right to say yes or no to a team that wants his services, if he wants to coach a contending team so be it, if he wants to coach a rebuilding team or lead their front office so be it.
If he wants to manipulate his way back on the Lakers after selling a book which is eerily similar to the last time then so be it. If the front office doesn't want him, no manipulation would work.
But being that they "offered" him the job outright apparently first they obviously have interest.
Bringing him around the TWC place and having him on their Lakers channel shows talking about the Lakers and Kobe, obviously they don't mind having him involved with the organization.
So if they hire him, alright, if they don't, alright. But Phil is far from a cowardly old man looking for one last hurrah. When you have as many rings as he has you don't "need" a last hurrah. 9 times out of 10 the last hurrah needs you.
And that's all I have to say about that.
Edited by Majesty, May 23, 2013 - 02:00 AM.