Phil Jackson is a legendary coach in the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers are a downtrodden franchise with little legend, except for “The Shot” and “The Decision”, connected to it. Could the two come together to change the fortunes of the team and skyrocket the narrative of the man? We say here it may be the best bet for both parties involved. Lets take a look at both and whether they Could and whether they Should:
The Cavs have an opening at the top of their basketball operations. Interim GM David Griffin does not have a firm hold on the GM job and could either stay or go with Jackson coming in. With Griffin Jackson would have a solid personnel guy to handle a lot of the work that may not interest Jackson, including scouting trips and contract negotiations. Jackson could take on a CEO type role with the Cavs where he is the face of the franchise, gives the team direction and waves his rings at free agents. Jackson could be set atop the flow chart, just below Dan Gilbert, and decide who he wants in the GM and coaches chair, leaving the possibility of keeping both Griffin and Mike Brown.
Jackson is not a GM type and has little history in talent evaluation and contract negotiations. Jackson also has a history of only working with the best players in the league, whether that was Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or Shaq. The Cavs should make a run at Jackson because he could help lure the best in the world, LeBron James. Having Jackson and Pat Riley fight over James would be fun and the Cavs would now have the type of leadership and stability at the top that could lure big time free agents to Cleveland. Having Kyrie Irving, a bunch of young developing talent, cap space and draft picks also helps. The Cavs could change the direction of their franchise in a heart beat without having to overhaul their roster, instead they overhaul the top end of the executive structure. We promoted the idea of a Jackson/Brian Shaw combo before Mike Brown was hired.