You know, like in the original Karate Kid when Daniel decided to resort to the crane kick that Mr. Miyagi briefly touched on during their training, like in Aliens when Ripley desperately runs for the massive robot/impromptu battle suit, or when all-time great Muhammad Ali unleashed all his fury on an exhausted George Foreman after the rope-a-dope.
Every main warrior of a story has a patented move or an ultimate technique to be broken out only in case of an emergency. This is what the Lakers ultimate technique looks like:
Point Guard: Kobe Bryant
Shooting Guard: Ron Artest
Small Forward: Lamar Odom
Power Forward: Pau Gasol
Center: Andrew Bynum
Not only does that lineup lack any major chink to attack on offense, but it maximizes the Lakers’ size and talent.
In the past, Jackson has shown great hesitancy in replacing Fisher in the starting lineup, presumably out of respect and loyalty.
Jackson has even gone as far as to intimate that the Lakers would have won the 2004 Finals had they started Fisher over Gary Payton (and that’s probably the most ridiculous basketball related statement Jackson ever uttered).
That said, Jackson will likely have no choice but to give serious consideration to running the lineup. Guarding LeBron James and Dwayne Wade individually has required a total team effort. Now that they’ve paired, it will be impossible to stop both of them.
To stand a chance against them, teams will need a combination of size, athleticism, and interior presence; the lineup maximizes all the above.
For matchup purposes, Phil Jackson was uncomfortable with running this lineup against the teams the Lakers faced during the 2010 season, but the Lakers didn’t meet a team quite like this year’s Heat–maybe no one has.
That’s why I think if the Lakers and Heat do meet in June and the chips are down for L.A., it's pretty likely that they'll resort to this lineup at some point, even if they don't start with it.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.