The Lakers made a great, quick, and decisive move by firing Brown, but how could they do that to Phil? These NBA players nowadays need the proper structure and discipline Phil employs which ultimately makes players respect a coach.
Will the Lakers win 50 games? Perhaps they get to 48 wins and get in as an eight seed. However, in the playoffs, a coach must make the right adjustment and substitutions as well as have a different game plan for every series. The trouble is D'Antoni seldom has a game plan. Rather, he allows Nash to run the team by creating off the dribble and sticking to pick and rolls. With Phil, the Lakers would play under the triangle but would make certain players the focal points in a series. In short, he would probably get the most out of his players and capitalize on opponent's weaknesses.