This is going to be my final post regarding this discussion.
Once again, Kobe/Metta/Pau were all familiar with the Triangle offense. Ultimately, they ended up winning a championship together. Had I used the word "experts," I would have linked that directly to Kobe and Pau. Metta admitted the Triangle offense was difficult for him to consummately grasp. That's why Phil and Kobe would give him precise instructions on what to do and where to be, since that was the optimal way for Metta to learn. Here's a quote by Kobe regarding Metta: “He’s the kind of guy, if you give him specific, exact directions, he’ll follow them,” Bryant says. “But they have to be exact. But once you give them to him, he’ll follow them even if he has to run through a wall.” That didn't mean that Metta would perfect each play. Before Metta even played for the Lakers, the media doubted his ability to mesh with Kobe as well as successfully play within the Triangle. Phil made adjustments and made it work. They ultimately won a championship together.
I highly suggest you read Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson. It's an an autobiography that recollects all the events in Phil's life in a vivid, descriptive manner. I'm not saying read the entire book, but at least the sections where he reminisces about coaching the Lakers from ground bottom up. The man loved challenges. He connected with each and every player. He gave each player a book to read depending on their personality. Some received long books, while others often received shorter ones or simply quotes, depending on the individual's likeliness to read. One of his specialties was managing egos. If he could convince Michael Jordan to not worry about the scoring title and sacrifice his touches for the betterment of the team the very first year he coached MJ, there's no one else Phil couldn't manage. Before each game, everyone would sit in a dark room together and bond, think about their collective hard work, take deep breaths, et cetera. Coaching was more than simply X's and O's to Phil. He wanted to create a better, more stable environment for not only each player individually but the entirety of the team collectively.
We had talent. Kobe/MWP/Pau/Dwight was a highly talented team. Insert Nash into there whenever he was healthy. If Phil started coaching the team after the 9 games or so (including Bickerstaff interim), we would have ran a more stable, slow-paced offense. That means there would have been a LESSER chance of injuries. I shouldn't have to repeat what I wrote in my previous posts. MDA was running a lightening-pace offense with a team comprised of old legs. I don't think it's a coincidence that the two years MDA coached, our team has been plagued with a PLETHORA of major injuries. Morris/Meeks/Clark/Jamison/Sacre is not the deepest of benches. But the Lakers have never been the San Antonio Spurs. Phil maximized (not in terms of their complete potential but their role coming off the bench) Farmar/Vujacic/Luke/et cetera in the past. He could have made the bench solid. The last time we won our championship, our bench was ranked 28th.
I think WC confirmed that Dwight did not want to amnesty Kobe. Those were just rumors spread from the media. It's likely he wanted the team to himself and not want to wait. But he never requested to amnesty Kobe. I think Dwight would have a little bit of sense of what not to say. You ask why would they fire a coach for Dwight? Because that coach was Mike D'antoni. (They should not have even hired him in the first place. The management really couldn't have waited one more day to wait Phil's response?) MDA's stint with the Lakers led to losses, inability to manage egos, injuries, no defense...shall I go on? He's never even made it to the Finals. In the other thread, you mentioned how Dwight didn't respect or value Phil since he didn't respond to Phil's text messages about staying with the Lakers. The Lakers didn't hire the coach Dwight wanted. Coaching an entire season (which requires constant communication, an environment for familiarity to go, a test of intellectuality, et cetera) is far different than a text message telling Dwight to stay when the damage had already been done. Get real. Seriously.
There are obviously risks with trades. But between Dragic potentially leaving us vs. not having him at all...I think it's obvious which one is the one this franchise would go with. And if he did leave us, there could be a chance of a S&T. But bottom line is, we were able to acquire assets for equal/greater value than Pau at the time. It was a deal that should have been made. You trying to make ridiculous points to refute that is just plain foolish.
It's funny how you mention the Melo situation. In the Melo thread, you had lots of optimism and different viewpoints. I believe you quoted a Larry Coon tweet that mentioned how the Lakers/Knicks max situation isn't TOO big of a difference as people make it out to be. Besides, the marketing opportunities for Melo in Los Angeles would do wonders. You mentioned how the Lakers were straight to the point about offering the max without any "dancing around, BSing...and Melo knows that." And so on and so on. I'm not going to repeat what I wrote in my previous post. All the factors pointed to Melo potentially joining the Lakers and it didn't happen. It's hard to imagine other free agents joining us UNLESS Clarkson/Lin/Randle/Davis (or any other pieces shall we acquire) show lots of improvement or a blockbuster trade is miraculously made. Regarding Lance, it's sad to think the Lakers prestige and honor wasn't enough to at least attract a lower-tier free agent of his caliber (assuming the Lakers even offered him; there are conflicting reports now).
Many of your arguments consist of "There's no guarantee..." or "What if..." I'm not stating that Phil coaching us to a championship is a guarantee. I'm not saying Dragic does not leave the Lakers and we get nothing out of him (although Martin + Scola would still be enough assets)...to name a few of our discussion segments. But these are factors I would have gambled on. In one hand you could have had Phil (at least in a front office role) and a myriad of assets for our top players. In the other hand you end up with a severely injured Kobe, a question mark about our coaching, almost no top-level assets, et cetera. Now it's up to the FO to make smart, precise decisions. Clarkson/Randle/Lin/draft picks were great moves. We missed out on Lance. Hopefully we hire a smart coach and a capable starting SF. I'm going to be hopeful our team is highly competitive and convince FA to join us. We've made significant mistakes in the past...now let's right the ship.