Lakers News: Bringing Phil Jackson Back into Organization Would Be a Mistake

If the Los Angeles Lakers are going to bring in Phil Jackson, they might as well just try to go all the way and make him the head coach again. But hasn't that option been eliminated already?

According to NBA insider Ric Bucher, both Jackson and Jeanie Buss would be open to some sort of more formal working partnership between the former head coach and the Los Angeles Lakers. Buss said:

He wants to be supportive of me and the organization. He has no contractual obligation. He would listen to anything where he might be able to help. If we asked him to fill in on the broadcast because someone was out, I'm sure he'd do it. Just because everyone puts him as a coach doesn't mean that's the only thing he's capable of doing.

As great a basketball mind as Jackson is, even he can't salvage what is the Lakers roster.

Even though he's recovering well from his Achilles injury, Kobe Bryant is still a 35-year-old with a lot of mileage on his body. Who knows what kind of player he'll be when he returns?

The rest of the likely starting lineup is Chris Kaman, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Nick Young. Wesley Johnson, Jodie Meeks, Steve Blake and Jordan Hill can come off the bench, too.

This is a team that has virtually no chance to win a title and will struggle to earn a playoff berth. Bringing in Jackson is not going to radically alter that.

But there are plenty of roles he could fill with the organization, right?

Maybe we should ask Mike D'Antoni if having Jackson work as a color man would be a good idea. There's nothing like having the "Zen Master" sitting courtside, possibly questioning some of your in-game decisions to all of the fans watching at home.

Perhaps D'Antoni would like having Jackson behind the scenes working with the team's front office. That's sure to build unity among the fanbase. Every Laker fan would band together against D'Antoni.

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