Originally written November 12, 2012 on roundballchat.com:
Mike D'Antoni is burdened with bringing the 2013 Los Angeles Lakers to a place based off of expectations rather than the realistic capabilities of this particular group of guys. The NBA’s most fascinating team made a drastic change earlier this week and now they take their rightful place as…well still the league’s most fascinating team.  The change I’m of course referring to is the ousting of Mike Brown as head coach, a merciful ending to a marriage that never should’ve been consumated but now ushers in a rather risky era of Lakers basketball.  The decision the Lakers had to make after firing Brown was who to hand the keys over to to lead the team into this 2-3 year window to win titles.  Who would be able to exact the most out of this Nash/Kobe/Gasol/Howard quartet while Kobe and Nash remained relevant, Gasol remained physically capable and Howard of course remained under contract.  They began flirtations with ex-Lakers coach Phil Jackson immediately, and we’ll get to Phil lat...
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