Only Phil Jackson Could Bring This Group of Lakers Superstars Together and Win

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, CA - MAY 11:  Former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers Phil Jackson during a news conference at the Lakers training facility on May 11, 2011 in El Segundo, California. The Lakers were swept out of their best of seven series with the Dallas Mavericks four games to none. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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As the search for the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers gets underway, one familiar name should be at the top of the Lakers' wishlist—Phil Jackson.

As Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports first reported, the Lakers have fired head coach Mike Brown after a tumultuous 1-4 start to the season.

"Mike just called saying he was relieved of his duties," agent Warren LeGarie tells Y! Sports about the ex-Lakers coach.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 9, 2012

After an offseason highlighted by the addition of point guard Steve Nash and center Dwight Howard, there's no doubt that the Lakers had more in mind than what they've seen thus far. The new coach will face more pressure than just about anyone in the Association to right the ship immediately.

No one is more cut out for the job of leading this team to an NBA title than Phil Jackson.

Quite simply, the Zen Master has a resume that's second to none. 11 NBA Championships, a career winning percentage over 70 percent and a history of dealing with the biggest personalities in basketball history say that he is capable of taking this talented roster straight to the top.

For those that doubt Jackson could make an impact right away, consider the last time Jackson signed on to be the Lakers head man.

In 2005, the Lakers had to deal with the sudden departure of Rudy Tomjanovich due to health issues 41 games into the season. All Jackson did then was resurrect a struggling, mediocre team and take them to a playoff berth over the latter half of the season.

This situation is much easier than that one. Back then, the roster was blatantly subpar. Aside from Kobe, the Lakers had to lean heavily on Lamar Odom. 


The Lakers have one of the most talented and deep rosters in the NBA. 

Many names are sure to be thrown into the ring in the coming days as the Lakers search for the right man to take the job. Mike D'Antoni, Jerry Sloan and every other big name currently unemployed will certainly be in the running. 

However, only Phil Jackson is the fit to take a team like this one to the top.