Ramona just said Walton was our first and only choice since they didn't interview anyone else.
Didn't get a chance to. They just jumped all over after Luke's first meeting and signed him without hearing the vision of anyone else. Including Messina's.
I've yet to see this offensive style Luke will bring(as he has no defensive philosophies I know about) primarily turn a team that was wading at the bottom of a conference and turn them into a playoff team.
I've seen it to wonders for a team that's already talented and needed an offensive change. And I've seen it turn teams that were top 5 in the league defensively into Finals Contenders. But I've never seen it take a struggling team on both ends of the court, and turn them into a playoffs contender. Not since it was first introduced in the early 2000s and the league wasn't ready for and hadn't adapted to it.
Saw Houston try, Just watched New Orleans try with Gentry himself, Watched The New York Knicks try.
The Warriors succeeded because of everything else they'd built prior to implementing it, and it was the offense that took one of the league's best defensive teams and put them over the top. Golden State prior to that built their team extremely well under the brilliance of Jerry West and put together great role players and fantastic draft picks, with a superstar in the making if they implement the right offense to this team. They went and got a fantastic coach that can maintain talent in Kerr(things he learned from Phil) and brought in someone else to implement the offense in Gentry. And it fit perfectly. But I've yet to see that system do anything for a team starting a rebuild or struggling at the 8th seed. Not since the early 2000s.
Aside from that it's been the same story over and over and over again, and while I'd love to hope the Lakers would be the "special different" case building from the ground up with it. I don't see it tbh. Hope I'm wrong.
The fact they apparently didn't even give Messina an interview yet to see what his vision was and weigh it against Luke's, pisses me off to the core. But it doesn't surprise me, and it sucks that it doesn't surprise me. Making a snap decision without listening to any other coaches vision so that it even gives you pause is the kind of decision making the FO gets hated on. And if Luke struggles, it's gonna come out that they never even gave Messina or other coaches an interview and it's gonna reflect really bad, that the Lakers went for the sexy pick as opposed to a well informed and educated decision. But this time, it would be the FO's own fault and would rest squarely on Mitch and Jim's shoulders.
All I can say is I hope I'm wrong. But I personally think the Lakers couldn't have been more wrong here, and it's an error that's gonna cost them their FO when it doesn't work out. But I really hope I'm wrong.
Edited by Majesty, April 29, 2016 - 07:04 PM.