If the Los Angeles Lakers flop in the NBA playoffs after avoiding the embarrassment of failing to qualify for the postseason for the first time since the 2004-05 season, many fans know exactly where they will place a load of the blame and how to fix the problem.
“I think our coach needs to get it together,” said Liz Meres, 29, a longtime Lakers fan. “We don’t rebound, get back on defense or hustle. Phil needs to get back with the Lakers so we can get another ring.”
On the last day of the NBA's regular season, ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne report that sources say former Lakers coach Phil Jackson is ‘itching’ for a return to the NBA.
Now, it seems to fans, the Lakers are fighting for their coach’s job.
“If the Lakers lose tonight, I hope [Mike D’Antoni] is done,” said Lakers fan Luis Ramirez before the outcome of the Jazz-Grizzlies game was known. “I don’t like his ‘offense-first philosophy’ and ... everything else. Personally, I think we should have just stayed with Mike Brown. At least that guy stressed defense."