Asking Phil Jackson to help with coaching research criticized

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for a new head coach and need all the help they can get. With senior management unsure how to go about it, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson is reportedly helping Los Angeles find the right one.

The Lakers have their work cut out to find a new mentor. They fired Frank Vogel after three seasons after the Lakers’ last two seasons didn’t exactly meet expectations.

Vogel helped the Lakers win their last title in 2019, a season marred by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, their trip went haywire from there despite the arrival of big names. This list included the likes of Marc Gasol and Russell Westbrook.

Jackson, who has 11 NBA titles to his name (including two with the Lakers), would advise the Lakers on his journey as head coach, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported.

While that might make sense, fans aren’t entirely on board with the idea.

Fans shared their take on the move. One pointed out how the Lakers went with Vogel because Jackson and the crew had their hands on the whole process.

Another fan pointed out how Jackson handled the New York Knicks. Named team president in 2014, Jackson failed to make the Knicks a contender and ended up parting ways with the franchise in 2017.

The Lakers are hoping to find a new coach ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft on June 23. Many names were mentioned, such as Quin Snyder and another former coach, Mike Brown.

Either way, the Lakers want a coach with a strong voice who can command stars and veterans. Finding the right fit can be tough, especially with LeBron James.

The four-time NBA champion is in the final year of his contract with the Lakers and re-signing him could very well depend on who the Lakers’ next head coach is.

Phil Jackson could join New York by the end of the week. Reuters

Brandon D. James