The Lakers say Jerry Buss, Jim Buss and GM Mitch Kupchak decided the triangle wouldn’t be as good as pick-and-rolls and picked the droll guy with the West Virginia accent who’s relatively conventional but has 11 fewer titles than the Zen Master of Disaster.
Fat bleeping chance.
Here’s what we know for sure: As the Lakers-Kings game ended Sunday night, Mitch Kupchak called D’Antoni’s agent, Warren Legarie, at home.
“Let’s do a deal,” said Kupchak, according to LeGarie.
“C’mon, Mitch, you’re not using us, are you?” said a stunned LeGarie, according to LeGarie.
Kupchak assured him he was in earnest. LeGarie pulled himself together and a deal was soon done.
“We were as surprised as everybody waking up and reading about it,” LeGarie said the next morning.
If Jerry, Jim and Mitch may well have agreed a flowing, unstructured offense was better than the triangle for their team, Xs and Os are a thin basis for dropping a coach with 11 titles like a hot rock.
What else could it be?
No. 1, this has “Jerry Buss” written all over it. Only Jerry is decisive enough, and powerful enough, to turn this around on a dime.
From the decision to fire Brown immediately to the decision not to take the well-worn path to Jackson’s place in Playa Del Rey, this is about Papa Bear stepping in to help his cub at this critical juncture.