Former NBA player forward Lamar Odom believes the Los Angeles Lakers should look into hiring Phil Jackson as their head coach next season.
Phil Jackson is the right coach for the Lakers
This was probably one of the most disappointing seasons in Los Angeles Lakers' recent history, and the problems the franchise is currently having are multi-layered. The player personnel was obviously not suitable for winning a championship. The coaching staff wasn't efficient in coming up with a good game plan, while the organization also suffered from various turmoils in the front office. The Lakers will need to figure out how to become a winning team, and an excellent way to get everything on the right track is to hire a head coach who will know how to manage all the big personalities on the team while creating a system that will maximize all the talent.
Former NBA player and Lakers forward during those championship years, Lamar Odom recently gave an exciting thought that Phil Jackson should be the one coaching the team. In an interview with TMZ, he said Jackson would be a great selection because the team needs to start running a triangle offense. Odom is also convinced Phil Jackson would know how to coach LeBron, which wasn't the case with their former head coach Frank Vogel who was fired soon after their season ended.
"Phil Jackson, I know can coach LeBron with the triangle offense," Odom said. "I think that would keep [LeBron] around a little longer. Preserve him a little longer." I would love for Phil Jackson to be the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers."
Odom is aware of the fact the chances for Jackson to return as a head coach for the Lakers has a minimum chance. Nevertheless, he is convinced that move by the front office would bring the Lakers back to the championship contention.
"If he was to come back and coach the Lakers, I think the Lakers would be the pick — the fan-favorite."
Its highly unlikely Jackson will return
Phil Jackson is regarded as the best coach in NBA history and one of the rare coaches that is more than capable of and experienced in managing big egos and making them work for a higher goal. He coached the Lakers for multiple years in two separate stints where he won 5 championships, so you know he has a track record of success working with superstars.
The biggest problem in this equation of having Phil Jackson back is whether he is interested in this job after years of not actively working for any franchise in the NBA. On top of that, Jackson is 76 years old, and for him having this type of an important role might affect his health and ability to be completely immersed in the job. Even though Jackson is an expert working with athletes with inflated egos and would probably know how to reach someone like LeBron or Anthony Davis, Jackson himself never expressed any desire to coach LeBron. He always remained very distant in complementing his game, and there was even a moment where Jackson called out LeBron's inner circle, which obviously didn't sit well with LeBron.
It's improbable we'll see Jackson on the sidelines again, and even if he did by any chance come back as the head coach, it's more than evident the Lakers will need a revamp of their roster this summer. Having the oldest team in the league is not a recipe for success, so there will definitely be some changes to the player personnel even though the Lakers don't have many attractive options. Their front office will have to pull out a miracle if they want to be a championship contender next season.