Phil Jackson at Front of Lakers' Head Coaching Dilemma

Ralph isaacAnalyst IJune 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  (L-R) Derek Fisher, assistant coach Kurt Rambis, Sasha Vujacic, Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, head coach Phil Jackson, Lamar Odom (C), Shannon Brown, Pau Gasol, Adam Morrison, Trevor Ariza and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate on stage during the 2009 NBA Championship Victory Parade at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

I understand Phil Jackson's health is a concern, but the Lakers should refrain from making Kurt Rambis their head coach.

I know he is knowledgeable on the triangle; he knows the Laker players well. But there's a big difference between being an assistant coach and a head coach.

Leadership is a major requirement to be a head coach—a characteristic which I believe Kurt Rambis lacks.

He was disastrous in his first stint as an NBA head coach. I don't think he has the mental toughness to command Kobe's respect. Without Kobe's respect he certainly won't last long.

Players like Kobe Bryant are sharks; once they smell blood in the water they feast upon their prey.

Does Kurt Rambis have anything he can teach Kobe that Kobe doesn't already know? Phil always had something new to show his players.

Rambis was the one who orchestrated that Laker defense in the beginning of the year. This was the same defense that was easily figured out by opposing teams 10-15 games into the season. He never adjusted to what opponents did. Several Laker players commented on that fact.

Greg Popovich is not leaving the Spurs, Pat Riley is too old, and Hubie Brown is also long in the tooth. The only thing Kurt Rambis has going for him is his familiarity with the triangle.

The two other choices for the Lakers would be Coach K or Jeff Van Gundy. I prefer coach K. In my opinion Jeff Van Gundy is a little too overbearing.


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