Lakers fans still clinging to the slim hope that Phil Jackson will come back in some capacity… had better hope the Kings actually stay in Sacramento. Word is if they move to Seattle one of the first orders of business will be to hire the Zen Master as team president. Phil has let it be known he wouldn’t mind being back in the NBA in some capacity next season, though in a front office role.
But it would mean that key former Laker honchos will increase their presence in the league — everywhere but L.A. Golden State outperformed the Lakers and has been better than anyone predicted in the playoffs. And while he doesn’t supervise the day to day operations, and can’t take the lion’s share of credit, former Lakers icon Jerry West is an adviser to those who do run the Bay Area team. And they look like they are going to be good for a long time.
Then there is that team on the brink of a dynasty in Miami. The architect of the Heat is non other than former Lakers coach Pat Riley who has won three titles in South Florida as coach or team president.
And the Lakers are left with Jim Buss. The pampered son of the late, great owner who has yet to accomplish anything on his own. A seismic shift on the NBA landscape?
Could be. Take it from a Dallas Cowboys fan. There is no guarantee a franchise will continue to flourish under less than sterling leadership.