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Former NBA Player Etan Thomas Gives Insights on the Lakers Coaching Circus

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Former NBA player Etan Thomas has some interesting insights into the silliness that has come to define the search for a new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.   It appears that the Lakers are doing all they can to ruin the last few years that Kobe Bryant has left:

1. It was reported that Mitch Kupchak called Phil Jackson in the middle of the night (after telling him that he had until Monday to make a decision) and told him that when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers you will — dramatic pause and Maury Povich voice — not be the new head coach. Hasn’t Phil Jackson earned the right to be treated with a little more respect than that?

2. Here is Phil Jackson’s official statement. After reading this, should Laker fans be just as mad as Fox News was after election night?

 

Saturday morning, Jim Buss, called to ask if he could come and visit. I did not solicit or ask for the opportunity, but I welcomed both he and Mitch Kupchak into my home to discuss the possibility of my return to the Lakers as the head coach. We talked for over an hour and a half. No contractual terms were discussed and we concluded with a hand shake and an understanding that I would have until Monday (today) to come back to them with my decision. I did convey to them that I did have the confidence that I could do the job. I was awakened at midnight on Sunday by a phone call from Mitch Kupchak. He told me that the Lakers had signed Mike D’Antoni to a three-year agreement and that they felt he was the best coach for the team. The decision is of course theirs to make. I am gratified by the groundswell of support from the Laker fans who endorsed my return and it is the principal reason why I considered the possibility.

 

3. How do you fire a coach after five games? That is not only insulting but just bad business. I played for Coach Eddie Jordan with the Wizards and that Princeton offense takes awhile to learn. Did everyone really think they would run it with the fluidity of Princeton overnight? That’s about as ridiculous as people thinking that President Obama was going to clean up eight years of mismanagement overnight, but that’s another topic.

4. Scoop Jackson listed a number of issues that Mike Brown had working against him. Are these legitimate things that should have been taken into consideration before his early axing?

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  1. The Lakers will NEVER be a champion will their new head coach as he has never cared about defense. D’Antoni is the modern day version of Doug Moe, who in the 1980’s coached the same way and with the same exact results. Brian Shaw should have had the coaching gig instead of Mike Brown, and the Lakers are repeating the same mistake by choosing D’Antoni over Phil Jackson. And don’t give me that jive about the triangle offense of Jackson’s being difficult as the Princeton offense; the Lakers were familiar with that offense under Jackson’s previous tenures.

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