Los Angeles Lakers on Brink of Crisis Only Phil Jackson Could Fix

Thus far in Los Angeles, the Mike D'Antoni era has been just as underwhelming as that of Mike Brown. The Lakers are 1-2 and their vaunted up-tempo offense has produced a mere 96.7 points per game.

In turn, the Los Angeles Lakers are on the brink of a crisis that only Phil Jackson could fix.

Coach D'Antoni entered this situation with nothing short of extraordinary expectations. With the Los Angeles Lakers, anything short of winning an NBA championship will be considered failure.

So far, not so good.

The latest chapter in this D'Antoni book has seen the Lakers lose 106-98 against the Memphis Grizzlies. Although the final score suggests that this was an even game, the Lakers were dominated on both sides of the ball.

The final score simply suggests that the Lakers closed the gap. Unfortunately, they did so when it was too late and now fall to 0-4 on the road.

Frustrations are now beginning to boil over.


Lakers lose 106-98 to Memphis. Kobe Bryant walks off the court before the game was over

— Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) November 24, 2012  

So what will it take to get Phil Jackson on the sideline?

Many supporters of the Los Angeles Lakers will believe in their front office, regardless of what decision may be made. While that is an admirable feature of a diehard fan, it can blind them from seeing an undeniable truth.

Every organization makes mistakes. Even the the Lakers.

L.A.'s mistake was to confuse Phil Jackson's complex system with one that the team cannot comprehend. Especially when Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace are all so familiar with it.

But I digress.


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