No longer will Lakers fans enjoy the sight of Phil Jackson sitting on the sidelines during games. Mike Brown is the new captain in town, and most fans aren’t convinced he is the right man for the job. While I tend to agree with them, I am all for giving Brown a fair shot before maligning him too much.
But I couldn’t resist doing a little tongue-in-cheek piece on five reasons why Mike Brown is an improvement over Phil Jackson as coach of the Lakers.
So, considering all of the labor negotiations are anything but funny, hopefully this piece will keep you in stitches.
Phil Jackson was notorious throughout his career for letting his teams in Chicago and Los Angeles figure their problems out on the court, instead of calling a timeout like the majority of other coaches would have.
But with Mike Brown taking over, fans can expect to see more timeouts called when the going gets tough.
“The Zen Master” would often use various media outlets to throw barbs at opposing players, coaches, game officials and even his own players.
Given his reputation and the fistfuls of championship rings, Jackson was able to pull this off without much of a hitch.
But don’t worry, Brown won’t be ignoring the media anytime soon. Because now the opposing coaches, players, referees and team members will be zinging him.
It was a tradition of Phil Jackson’s to give players their own unique book to read on long road trips. For instance, in Ron Artest’s first season with the Lakers, he was given one of Jackson’s own books, Sacred Hoops.
With Brown bringing in a new offense, he will now have to give players the playbook on those long, tiring road trips to the East Coast. No more Kipling or Hemingway. Just unabridged Brown.
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The last few seasons, fans were accustomed to Phil Jackson sitting in his specially crafted, elevated chair to alleviate his ailing back and hip. Now, Kobe will be assigned this seat on the bench during timeouts and breaks.
Wait, Mike Brown is the new coach, but Kobe still gets to sit in the elevated chair.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Just Mike Brown’s only claim to fame as a basketball coach. Now I remember why fans are all biting their nails with him manning the ship.