The 2012-13 season showed that D’Antoni doesn’t know how to use each player’s talents appropriately; Brian Shaw knows how to utilize all of his player’s strengths. D’Antoni was forcing Gasol to play near the high-post; D’Antoni overlooked Earl Clark as a viable small forward off the bench. The nepotism that D’Antoni practices is foolish at best since hiring his brother as an assistant coach. Brian Shaw is the first candidate that you need to attract Jackson back to the Lakers.
Phil Jackson has been traveling the nation promoting his new book, 11 Rings – appearing on The Herd with Colin Cowherd and the Daily Show to name a few. Jackson may also be contemplating putting down roots for his next endeavor; front office leadership. Pundits have overlooked the inevitability that Phil Jackson will marry Jeannie Buss and that commuting to work with Jeanie would save time using the car pool lane! The year 2014 is a tremendous opportunity for the Lakers to hire Jackson as a front office executive who can help Mitch Kupchak recruit elite players like Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving. Having Phil Jackson in an executive role in 2014 will drastically increase the chances for the Lakers to rebuild the team successfully. Players will be compelled to play under the tutelage of an 11-time champion coach, Phil Jackson.
By Loit Kaskla