Initial Impact: Knicks Win, Lakers Lose
March 20, 2014
Both teams began the day in horrible shape, both out of playoff contention, both needing a change in leadership.
And Jim Buss passed on the opportunity and remains the top man in the Lakers’ muddled position.
Jackson leaves Playa del Rey for at least partial residence in New York, and right away he seems to be working things out with free agent Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony hasn’t said he’s stayingin New York but he says he’s willing to adjust his game if Jackson thinks that’s necessary.
So the Lakers, who coveted LeBron James, then downgraded to Anthony, now may do nothing more than hold onto Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, both supurb players but fighting the battle against age.
Jackson has never been a front office executive before but commands such respect in the NBA he doubtlessly will give the Knicks a boost.
They incorrectly reasoned that Dwight Howard would stay because the city of Los Angeles has more to offer than Houston.
Howard chose the coaching of Kevin McHale, helped out by the work of former Rockets’ star center Hakeem Olajuwon. And he’s thriving.
So where are the Lakers of next season heading? Do they dare bring back Mike D’Antoni as coach? Do they play the three-point shooting game again, the one that has them with 22 more losses than wins?
Will Jim Buss ever sacrifice authority to someone far better qualified than him to make player personnel decisions?