I know it's only one game, but so what?
It's not too early for Laker Nation to panic. The Los Angeles Lakers were embarrassed by a Dallas Mavericks team that didn't have the services of Dirk Nowitzki or Chris Kaman. Steve Nash, who averages 17 points and nine assists per game for his career, was held to just seven points and four assists. Dwight Howard went 3-for-14 from the free throw line and Metta World Peace 1-for-8 from the field.
The newly implemented Princeton offense is not yielding the desired results, and the defense looks out of sync. The easy solution is to bring back the Zen master and his triangle offense to LA to restore order from all of this chaos. Eleven championships in 13 NBA Finals is enough evidence that he can get the job done.
Here are five reasons Phil Jackson will coach the Lakers this season.
Clearly Phil Jackson's accomplishments speak for themselves, but winning championships never gets old and he misses the game. Jackson expressed an interest in returning to coaching at the end of last season and had serious talks with the Orlando Magic before passing on the offer. Now that his health issues are behind him and his battery is recharged, he would relish the opportunity to make another title run.
Truth be told, Phil Jackson is the only coach Kobe Bryant has ever really listened to. If you watch his interaction with Mike Brown, the conversations appear to go in one ear and out the other. The Black Mamba realistically has three seasons left, and Phil Jackson is the perfect coach to end his career with. The triangle offense is where Bryant has found the most success.
Dr. Jerry Buss is not a big fan of losing. Jim Buss doesn't want to be the guy who gets the keys to his father's Bentley then drives it off the side of the road. Jeanie Buss has a certain amount of influence over the Zen master. Put all those things together, and you have a recipe for Phil's return.
From the very beginning, Mike Brown has had the look of a deer in headlights. The players treat him like a substitute teacher, and the Laker fans show him about as much respect as Rodney Dangerfield. Now that the Lakers have added Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the mix, the level of expectation is simply more than he can handle.
The Los Angeles Lakers are built to win right now, and there's no margin for error. There's no time to experiment with new ideas when your best players only have a few years left. Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash have played 16 seasons, Metta World Peace 13 and Pau Gasol 11 (not counting his professional career in Spain). If they don't win a championship in the next two years, chances are it will be a long time before they raise the trophy again at the Staples Center.