Phil to return to Lakers: Everything old is new again.

Posted by: SPQR on 11/10/2012 - 02:10 PM
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When trumpets were mellow
And every gal only had one fellow
No need to remember when
'Cause everything old is new again

Dancin' at church, Long Island jazzy parties
Waiter bring us some more Baccardi
We'll order now what they ordered then
'Cause everything old is new agian

Get out your white suit, your tap shoes and tails
Let's go backwards when forward fails
And movie stars you thought were alone then
Now are framed beside your bed
Don't throw the pa-ast away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again

Get out your white suit, your tap shoes and tails
Put it on backwards when forward fails
Better leave Greta Garbo alone
Be a movie star on your own

And do-on't throw the past away
You might need it some other rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again
When everything old i-is new-ew a-again

I might fa-all in love wi-ith you again

- Everything old is new again: lyrics by P Allen and C.B. Sager.

Reports say that the old Lakers coach, Phil Jackson will meet with the Lakers today to see if he has the desire to become their new coach in the wake of Coach Browns sudden departure.

I suspect very soon the news will break that the Zen Master has accepted the job. Like most powerful, accomplished men, Phil has a powerful, accomplished ego. It was obvious during and after the Dallas sweep he was somewhat surprised, shocked and dismayed to end his career on such a dismal note. I don’t think Phil anticipated or really accepted going out that way. I think he envisioned going out as he ended so many of seasons, on top, the champion of the basketball world.

This team also contains someone who Phil has often stated is one of his favorite players: Dwight Howard. Howard’s mere presence here is a lure that Phil will find hard to resist.

The Lakers could have gone in many directions. Taking a veteran coach of their pick, or even going with a young, well regarded assistant, of which there are many in the NBA, whose names may not be known to us, but are certainly known to Mitch and Jim Buss.

That the Lakers are turning to Phil is no surprise. He was the savior twice in the last few decades. He is considered one of the greatest coaches in NBA history and the fact that he dates the daughter’s owner certainly does not hurt his resume and it does give a certain inside track to getting the job.

And there is another reason for Phil’s return. When the present seems dismal, when forward fails, people tend to put their backwards on and hope a return to an earlier, successful time will make their dreams come true again.

So with Phil’s return, the cycle comes complete. A new team, and redoux call to a coach, Phil Jackson to wave his magic wand and bring about what he has so often in his career: A return to the finals and championship parade. Indeed, for the Lakers, with their new team and new/old coach, everything old does seem new again. For the Lakers, it means a return and embrace of old familiar faces and the re institution of the triangle, or some bastardized form of it. And because in times of trouble and discord, people will quickly embrace an earlier, happier time, Phil will be welcomed and fans will fall in love with him again.

Since we have had nothing but rainy days under Coach Brown, we now return to Phil Jackson, hoping to replicate sunnier skies.

The question of course is, how old and how new is this team and coach? The Lakers are still a work in progress. Center Dwight Howard is playing terrific ball. But no more terrific than his predecessor. The bench still looks abysmal, just like the one that helped doom Phil his last year here. The defense looks as shaky as it did against Dallas and OKC. Our new point guard can’t get on the court because his old body is injured. And when he does finally return, will the old Steven Nash have enough left to help make this a new team, not just a copy of the old one?

And so Phil returns. A fresh new start to a new team. That is the FO’s hope and our hope. And it has to be, because if it’s not, things will get ugly. So Phil is back and new questions about this team will be answered in the weeks and months ahead.

Is this really new team, to be straightened out by our new/old coach, or really just another slightly changed iteration of the old team that lost to Dallas and OKC? A team that no coach can make new?

And what of Phil? Is the new coach the Phil of old, who helped two Lakers teams turn things around and find their potential in championship banners, or is he just the old Phil who seemed so disconnected his last year, who needed Kobe to tell him to make defensive switches that seemed so obvious to Kobe and even fans?

Is this the Phil with fire in his eyes and mind, who molded the Jordan Bulls and the Shaq and Kobe Lakers, or is he the ailing, physically and mentally enervated coach who purportedly asked the Lakers if he could only coach home games if he were to stay on as coach?

And the answers to those questions will show us exactly what happens to your new/old team and our new/old coach.

Right now for the Lakers, with the impending return of Jackson, everything old is new again. As to the question of whether it will be successful, that will be determined by if this team and coach are indeed something new, or really just something old trying to look new.

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