Re: Lakers need energy guy
Absolutely. Winning isn't just about players sacrificing to what the coach has done, but the coach also must sacrifice to adjust to what the players can do. It goes both ways. Phil Jackson would ask the players that were underperforming to do the simplest tasks. For example, Kwame Brown was doing poorly because of these unrealistic 14/9 expectations everyone wanted him to do.
Phil Jackson spoke with Kwame and told him "just play defense and get rebounds...everything else will fall into place". Kwame after that averaged 15/10 for the second half of the season, and was a crucial piece in nearly upsetting the phoenix suns in their prime.