Phil Jackson would start his team with Dwight Howard, what about you?

jaxLakers Examiner: Last week, Phil Jackson told Dan Patrick that he would start a team with Dwight Howard over LeBron James, Chris Paul, or Dwyane Wade.

It kind of went under the radar, and I didn’t even really think about the implications until this weekend’s games. The Zen Master might be playing some of his patented mind games, but for argument’s sake let’s assume he’s being sincere.

I know all the Los Angeles Lakers fans out there are screaming, “hey what about Kobe Bryant!?!?” While I think Kobe is the best player in the game right now, his relative age makes it impossible to consider him over the younger superstars mentioned above. Sorry.

Howard seemed like a great place to start since it is much harder to find a skilled center (especially one as freakishly athletic as Howard) than it is to find a skilled perimeter player.

But then the playoffs came around, and this weekend’s games showed us exactly why Howard would NOT be the best pick to start a franchise.

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  • http://getgarnett.com golakers75

    Howard is sick dont get me wrong, but he can not take over a game when it matters most. i would take kb24 but if we take him out of the picture i will ride with CP3 the man is sick!!!!!!!!!

  • ilikebasketball

    that’s a really crappy article.
    kenny and charles both spoke about how you need to get dwight the ball at the last moments, instead orlando throws it to the shooters.
    did shaq create his own shots?
    did dwayne wade losing to atlanta by a crapload prove that he’s not worth having on the team, or building a team around, because he can create his own shots but not as good as a center that forces players to collapse to in the paint, leaving the shooters open? did chris paul having a crappy season compared to last years out of nowhere success prove that he’s only as good as the energy of the rest of his team, and therefor not good enough to build a team around?
    phil knows that the basis of a the greatest teams are always a center, because it works the offense from the inside out, and collapses the defense. from wilt to shaq to tim duncan.

  • WifelovesLuke

    9 Championships as a head coach and soon to be 10. I think this guy knows how to build a team.

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    he knows it
    i would take bron or wade though
    still dho was 11/13 yesterday he did not dominate more because the IDIOt of stan vg wants to win with 3 point shooting and does not feed the beast, without having a kobe type of player playing along

    he should have tuched the ball every possession, while he touched less than half the time

  • TheMachineDream

    ilikebasketball:

    “phil knows that the basis of a the greatest teams are always a center, because it works the offense from the inside out, and collapses the defense. from wilt to shaq to tim duncan.”

    Yeah, because those bulls teams of the 90s really dominated with Bill Cartwright, Will Perdue, Luc Longley and Bill Wennington.

  • ilikebasketball

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    good point.haha.

    but jordan is jordan.

  • LakersFirst

    NBA Championships are won through the BIGS (unless your initials are MJ).

  • FLUKE

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    I beg to differ. Michael Jackson never played with bigs. He liked small children. :]

  • you

    i would definately pick dwight over lebron or cp3
    only to play alongside kobe!
    they would kill it.
    just like shaq and kobe in old days.

  • ANITA LATTIN

    phil jackson if u win 6 ring with lakers iwill like to talk with u this is what i think trade ANDREW BYUNM ,DERRICK FISHER ,JOE SMITH ,AND CHRIS BLAKE for DWIGHT HOWARD GILBERT ARENAS because i think if you move Shannon Brown to point you and start him you will when more championships you will have a big starting line up like 96 thru 98 mj and pip and like had oo thru 02 i call you docter and da king basketball and give them matt barnes for JASON RICHARDSON AND WILL HAVE TEAM FOR DA THREE OR FOUR YEARS CAN I CAN HAVE A JOB WITH DA LA LAKERS FROM HERE AND IN PENSACOLA FLA MY NUMBER IS 912 6256

  • ANITA LATTIN

    and Phil jackson i know u have not 11 but 12 championship ring because cuz u have one New Knicks so that make u king of basketball if u win this year u cant not be touch in rings in my book u is a doctor and Shannon brown will have to start because if u move him to point will have big gaurd line up like u had in chicago and los angles what u had then it will be hard to get rebound offenseive and defenseive if u 52 or more rebounds a game it wll be harder to beat u