Los Angeles Lakers intriguing future

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

While it may not seem like too big a deal, Phil Jackson’s move to become president of the New York Knicks, helps the Los Angeles Lakers out immensely. While he hasn’t coached in the last couple of years, or had any official position with the team, other than being Jeanie Buss’s boyfriend, he has been a giant shadow hovering over the Lakers franchise. The man had won 11 championship rings as a head coach, five of them with the Lakers, which incredibly is one more than Pat Riley, who seems to be more associated with the Lakers than Jackson is (which tells you how ridiculous it is how many championships Jackson has won). The internal power struggle with the Lakers in the last days of the Jerry Buss, and now have seemed to undermine the future of the franchise.

Jim Buss didn’t want Phil Jackson around, he wanted to be the one to turn the Lakers around, the top guy around. Obviously, this is foolhardy, as Jim Buss will never win a popularity contest with Phil Jackson, but Jackson wasn’t going to take these Lakers of the last couple years any farther than they have gone. Yes, he is a great head coach, but having Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Pau Gasol all in their primes seem to solve many issues other coaches have. The league, in general, seems to have phased out Jackson’s style of play, as his coaching tree is rootless in the league today, with the exception of Brian Shaw. I doubt Lakers management wanted to pay Jackson an absorbent amount of money to pontificate the Triangle to a bottom tier team.

Kobe Bryant realized later on in his career how important Phil Jackson was to him, and that still holds to this day. He believes Jackson could come back and help lead the Lakers back to the promise land. That very cleary wouldn’t have happened, but now that players and fans alike know that Jackson is with the Knicks, they can stop day dreaming.

The Lakers, as stated here before are not in the best cap situation, due to shoddy contracts (hello, Kobe Bryant), but they have the resources to withstand luxury tax hell, due to their ludicrous TV deal. They are the Lakers, which will seemingly hold some sort of intrigue to future star players, and once Bryant is off the books, they will truly be able to move on financially, and to a new era. While Bryant is around, the Lakers can’t truly move on to their next great era, something that he probably knows to be true, but due to his enormous pride would never admit.

The Lakers, much like the Celtics, are hovering around, record wise, to where they should be among the top five or six picks. The Lakers haven’t been in that situation in quite awhile, so adding a good player that high in the draft would prove very valuable to them going forward. If only Jeanie Buss could get Jim Buss out of the way, the Lakers could climb back into contention much sooner than thought.

  • Chrmngblly

    I have no idea what that Mathew guy just said.

    I am concerned about the little rat-faced boy we now have assisting Mitch with the draft and deciding who to keep and who to let go. Please add or subtract somebody to change the decision-making structure that brought us the CP3 veto, the D12 fiasco, the Nash debacle, Mike Brown and now Mike D’Antoni.

    As Dr. Buss would have told anyone about playing poker, there are some things you can’t learn if you watch for a million years. What is going on with the Lakers right now is not good. Jimmy is not naturally good at this–sorry about your ego bruises. I recommend getting Magic to consult with Jim and Mitch on these decisions. If somebody else has a better plan, I want to hear it.

  • Matthew

    The picture now is very clear. The kingdom of darkness is behind all this for the Lakers. Look at the numerous injuries to the players. Now someone is not ashamed to talk about taking his money, his god? or his pride? Are the Lakers just now only into money business or into real competition? Does the top management lost its good roots, no more foresight at all about the better future of the franchise? Their latest decision makings are simply not what LA really have wanted..