Hard to justify hiring the guy with zero rings compared to a guy with 11 rings.
BUT, with this roster Mike D was probably the better choice. Nash has history with him, Dwight worked with him before and Kobe actually likes him unlike Brown.
Financially too it might have been smart. Phil wanted 10 million a season but you have to payoff the current assistant coaches and bring in his old staff as well. That's a lot of dollars just turn and get a new coach. But still 11 rings...What can I say?
quote: Sources over the weekend said Jackson had made significant contract demands, including salary, personnel decisions and the ability to skip some road games, but ESPN NBA analyst Kurt Rambis -- who has since spoken to Jackson -- said that was never the case.
Rambis said Jackson told him there had never been any discussions of salary or restrictions on a potential return and that he and the Lakers had agreed to wait until Monday to negotiate. Jackson's triangle offense was seen as a benefit to Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol but not as conducive to the rest of the players on the roster -- namely point guard Steve Nash and center Dwight Howard.
Another strike against the triangle was that this Lakers team struggled mightily picking up the similarly complicated Princeton-style offense being instituted by former coach Mike Brown, who was fired Friday.
I played 4 years of college ball and later city "A" league in Southern California. Come on, an offense or defense too complicated to learn in basketball? There is no such thing. From the specific topic of a style of offense or offensive scheme basketball is a simple game. The type of offense chosen may not succeed for a variety of reasons but being too complicated to learn is an impossibility.