Why him? He played his first three NBA seasons with Boston, where he was Bird's teammate. He went on to play 14 seasons with seven teams and was a member of the Lakers team that won championships from 2000-02. He never averaged more than 5.3 points a game, but was always a respected figure in the locker room.
Why not? Having been an assistant with the Lakers for three seasons, he might be in line to become their next head coach when Phil Jackson steps down.
Aldridge reported the other night that Phil wanted to see what Buss and Kupchack was going to do to improve the team before signing an extension. Phil wants his 10th and wants Buss/Kupchak to do whatever it takes to get him that 10th or he's not going to sign the extension. It's worth noting that Kobe also is pushing the improvements also this summer.