一切似乎都变得很糟糕,所以接下来珍妮该怎么办?

发布:Jerry 时间:2019-05-10 22:51 阅读:342 点击收藏

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作者| Bill Oram
译者| Jarvis
校对| 小A & Jerry

珍妮·巴斯搞砸了这个事。虽然收到了警告,但她拒绝听从。随着尴尬的不断累积,她还需要看到什么事情的发生,才能意识到她授予球队未来决定权的那些朋友们正在辜负她的期望呢?

勒布朗·詹姆斯浪费了一年的时间,对安东尼·戴维斯的报价是羞辱且不稳定的,并且在最近的一次教练搜寻中,湖人没有成功聘请两个主要候选人中的任何一个。泰伦·卢是湖人管理层风波最近的受害者,因为罗勃·佩林卡没能和可能是地球上唯一一个既知道如何执教勒布朗·詹姆斯,又愿意重操旧业的人达成协议。

湖人接下来会走向何处?自从一个月前,在赛季谢幕战跳球前的几分钟,魔术师约翰逊放弃职位时,明显的蓝图就没有改变过。巴斯应该聘请一个篮球事务总裁来代替约翰逊,并且允许他雇佣自己的总经理以及全权负责搜寻新教练,但她把这些事情都丢给了佩林卡。她继续给科比的前经纪人机会来证明他更适合这份工作。结果,湖人队继续遭殃。

错误容易造成连锁反应。

寻找卢克·沃顿替代者的过程就是一场灾难,更不用说缺少支持,这导致沃顿一开始就与湖人分道扬镳。佩林卡和球队既没有撒一张大网来找寻主教练,也没有动用他们湖人的力量来试着从别的球队挖角现任主教练,而是选择了卢以及蒙蒂·威廉姆斯,助教位置上佩林卡的前大学队友朱万·霍华德以及前篮网和雄鹿主教练贾森·基德(之后更偏向于他)也收到了面试邀请。

佩林卡在搜寻主教练的过程中最从容的事就是让菲尼克斯太阳加入了谈判,并给威廉姆斯提供了一份大合同。这给了佩林卡必要的保护来让他将注意力放在卢身上(这是一个既透明公开又蹩脚的策略)。资深作家马克·斯坦在他最新的《纽约时报》邮袋中说道,那些支持卢的人“最终推断卢能上升到所有人一致同意接任沃顿的唯一方法就是——等到威廉姆斯不再有可能被聘的时候”。

佩林卡真的那么胆小,不愿冒险去选择教练们?对湖人的最高篮球决策者来说,真的很难……做决定吗?

佩林卡有两个候选人时候,他过分高估了自己的实力,而当他只有一个候选人时,他却低估了自己的实力。难怪卢没有感受到这份爱。

在这过程中,湖人从没有发出过这样的信号,他们认为这名曾经的湖人替补球员不仅仅是勒布朗剩余合同内的保姆。据The Athletic的沙姆斯·查拉尼拉说,湖人给了一份与詹姆斯剩余合同保持一致的三年1800万美元的合同。尽管卢毫无疑问地将他自己视为一个从2012年以来正在寻找第五任主教练的球队的长期解决方案,但湖人似乎并不这么看他。他们试图把基德硬塞给卢做助理教练,而不是给卢权力,自由组建他的助教团。这与沃顿任期的结束原因是一致的,当时,在导致双方关系破裂的诸多问题中,管理层更想聘请库尔特·兰比斯担任助理教练。

兰比斯和他的妻子琳达,珍妮近四十年的闺蜜,已经是这场混乱的焦点和中心,但没有人要承担比佩林卡以及忽略给他提供合法帮助的雇主更大的责任。在与卢的谈判破裂后,湖人有望重新开始他们的搜索,其中包括经验丰富的NBA主教练。或许有人应该警告麦克·伍森,弗兰克·沃格尔和利奥赫尔·霍林斯。尽管他们所有人都经验丰富,但这些新候选人不会做任何事情来激发球迷的热情,也不会激发人们对还得被困在这里至少两年的詹姆斯的信心。

不知道他现在对这个决定有什么看法。对所有关于是否湖人该交易勒布朗的讨论,更好的问题可能是,在离开之前他还能忍受多少无能。

没有人比巴斯更关心湖人的形象了。在她的任期内,她父亲建立起来的豪门现如今已沦为笑柄,这应该深深影响到她。这不是什么阴谋论,也不是媒体的错。

如果她无法做出扭转这一趋势所必需的决定,那么也许是时候考虑一下她是否应该让位,让她的弟弟乔伊和杰西·巴斯尝试经营一下这家家族企业了。

自从她父亲六年前去世以来,珍妮·巴斯有过许多机会来让球队走上正轨。一次又一次,她给湖人带来了重建的机会。相反,她雇佣了魔术师约翰逊担任篮球运营总裁。

珍妮是很有抱负,但湖人依旧是笑柄。

唉,机会像从前一样回来了!注意!这周的尴尬事件给了珍妮纠正错误的机会,她本应在两年前和上个月聘请到合适的人员。机会来了,让珍妮打破她擅离职守的习惯。

可能,只是可能,她最终会这么做的。

对的,就是这样。

原文
Jeanie Buss doubled down on Rob Pelinka, who just blew it. So now what?

Bill Oram

This is on Jeanie Buss. She was warned but refused to listen. With the embarrassments continuing to pile up, what more does she need to see before recognizing that the pals she has empowered to direct the franchise’s future are failing her?

A wasted year of LeBron James, a humiliating and destabilizing bid for Anthony Davis and now, in the latest blow, a coaching search that has seen the Lakers fail to land either of their two primary candidates. Tyronn Lue was the most recent casualty of the Lakers’ dysfunction, as Rob Pelinka couldn’t manage to negotiate a deal with perhaps the only person on earth who both knows how to coach LeBron James and was willing to do it again.

Where do the Lakers go from here? The obvious blueprint has not changed from a month ago when Magic Johnson bailed on the organization minutes before tipoff of the last game of the season. Buss should have hired a president of basketball operations to replace Johnson and allowed that person to hire his own general manager and conduct a full-scale coaching search, but she doubled down on Pelinka. And she continues to give Kobe Bryant’s former agent opportunities to prove he is better suited for this job than his reputation would suggest. As a result, the Lakers continue to suffer.
Mistakes tend to accrue compound interest.

The search for a replacement to Luke Walton has been a disaster, to say nothing of the lack of support that led the Lakers to part ways with Walton in the first place. Rather than cast a wide net in their coaching search, or flex their Laker muscles to try to pry a current head coach from another team,Pelinka and Co. honed in on Lue and Monty Williams, with Pelinka’s college teammate Juwan Howard and ex-Nets and Bucks coach Jason Kidd (more on him later) also receiving interviews.

The most deliberate thing Pelinka did in the coaching process was allow Phoenix to swoop in and make a large offer to Williams. That gave Pelinka the necessary protection to turn his attention to Lue (a maneuver as transparent as it was lame). In his latest New York Times mailbag, veteran scribe Marc Stein said those who supported Lue “ultimately deduced that there was only one way Lue could rise to the level of unanimous choice to succeed Walton — by waiting until Williams was no longer available.”

Was Pelinka really so cowardly that he was unwilling to stick his neck out and actually choose a coach? Is it really that difficult for the Lakers’ top basketball decision-maker to … make a decision?

Pelinka overplayed his hand when he had two candidates only to underplay it when he had one. No wonder Lue wasn’t feeling the love.

At no point in the process did the Lakers signal that they saw the one-time Lakers backup as more than a babysitter for the remainder of LeBron’s tenure. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers offered a three-year, $18 million contract to line up with the remainder of James’ deal. While Lue no doubt pitched himself as the long-term solution for a franchise that is looking for its fifth coach since 2012, it doesn’t seem the Lakers viewed him that way.

They tried to foist Kidd on Lue as an assistant coach, rather than give him the latitude to assemble a staff of his choosing. That’s consistent with the end of Walton’s tenure when, among the issues that led to a breakdown between the sides, the front office preferred that Kurt Rambis be hired as an assistant coach.

Rambis and his wife Linda, a Jeanie confidante for nearly 40 years, have been front and center in the dysfunction, but no one bears more responsibility than Pelinka and the owner who has neglected to give him legitimate help.

In the wake of the Lue collapse, the Lakers are expected to reopen their search to include veteran NBA head coaches. Somebody should probably warn Mike Woodson, Frank Vogel and Lionel Hollins. Despite all of their experience, those new candidates will do nothing to galvanize the fanbase or inspire confidence in James who, lest we forget, is stuck here for at least another two years.

Wonder how that decision is sitting with him right about now. For all the talk of whether the Lakers should trade LeBron, the better question may be how much more ineptitude he will tolerate before demanding out.

No one cares more about the image of the Lakers than Buss. It should affect her deeply that, on her watch, the organization her father built into a powerhouse has been reduced to a laughingstock. It is not a conspiracy. It is not the media’s fault.

If she is not capable of making the decisions necessary to reverse that trend, then it may be time to consider whether she should step aside and let her younger brothers, Joey and Jesse Buss, take a crack at running the family business.

Jeanie Buss has had multiple chances to get it right since her father passed away six years ago. Time and time again, she has been presented with opportunities to reinvent the Lakers. Instead, she championed signing Kobe Bryant to a contract extension before he had even returned from a torn Achilles tendon and hired Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations.

Jeanie is the aspiring comic, but the Lakers continue to be the punchline.

Alas, opportunity, persistent as ever, is back! Knocking! This week’s embarrassment gives Jeanie a chance to right wrongs and set out to make the hires she should have made two years ago, and again last month. Opportunity is begging Jeanie to break from the mold of her own creation.
Maybe, just maybe, she will finally do it this time.
Yeah, right.

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