Phil Jackson may or may not be the answer for the New York Knicks.
But if you're a Lakers fan, you better hope he accepts the challenge of remaking the Knicks into a relevant franchise.
Considering the mess the Knicks are in, I'm not so sure Jackson is up to the task. But the best thing that can happen to the Lakers is he takes the job.
There, I said it.
The Lakers need a clean break from Jackson once and for all. And that's never going to happen until his heart, soul and focus is 3,000 miles away with another team.
Jackson didn't step down from the Lakers four years ago, he merely stepped aside. And from that moment on, he's cast a shadow every bit as large as his 6-foot-9 stature and imposing as all those championship rings he's collected.
It hovers over everything the Lakers do, their every fault magnified by the presence of their former coach and the possibility of him returning to wave his magic wand and fix all their problems.
That isn't his fault. He's earned every bit of esteem and respect after guiding two franchises to 11 NBA titles.
And it's only natural Lakers fans would pine for his guidance considering the trouble the franchise is in and his proximity as the fiance of Lakers vice president Jeanie Buss.
After all, he was the coach during a magnificent Lakers run in which five championship banners were hoisted at Staples Center.
And as long as Jackson stays unemployed lounging around the beach here in Southern California, he will remain the go-to answer for Lakers fans unhappy with the current state of affairs.
The problem is he isn't the right man for this Lakers task, neither as the coach nor the executive in charge of overseeing a rebuilding job.
The Lakers require patience at the moment, their long-range success requiring prudent decisions affecting the next five years and beyond, not just next season or the one after that.
It's hard to imagine a coach who openly showed disdain for young players, and doesn't have a history of developing them, suddenly acquiring an appreciation and understanding of a rebuilding process that relies heavily on the construction of a young foundation.
Jackson didn't build great teams over his illustrious career. He assumed control of ready-made championship contenders and elevated them.
That's no easy task, and many have failed where Jackson succeeded.
But the Lakers require so much more at the moment, and nothing about Jackson's past suggests he is sufficiently wired to orchestrate the arduous process of building a championship team virtually from scratch.
And whether fans want to accept it or not, general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president Jim Buss have a history of remaking the Lakers, lest we forget the bridge they built between the trade of Shaquille O'Neal and the rebirth with Pau Gasol.
Those were tough times, and there was loud and open criticism of Buss and Kupchak while the Lakers rebuilt.
Not unlike the anger and doubt Lakers fans are currently expressing.
If fans would take a moment or two to reflect, they would remember the Lakers are essentially in the same spot now as they were in 2005.
Buss and Kupchak successfully navigated the Lakers back to contention. And while the late Jerry Buss certainly had a role in that process, his son's voice and influence were growing louder and greater.
Point is, Kupchak and Jim Buss have shown they are up to the task of building a championship team.
It just takes time.
I know, I know. Nobody wants to hear about patience or process or long-range development. Especially Lakers fans accustomed competing for NBA titles every season, not rebuilding periods.
They want it immediately.
So does Jackson, and therein is the problem.
Jackson's sense of urgency might conflict with the long road facing the Lakers. And where there is urgency, sometimes long-range mistakes are made.
Just ask the Knicks, who had a boatload of money to offer LeBron James four years ago. When he declined, they foolishly dropped it on Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.
The Knicks didn't have the discipline or patience to pocket the money and wait to spend it more wisely.
And it cost them.
The Lakers presently have the salary-cap space to sign a max free agent this summer, but they're probably better off waiting until the following summer to fill it.
Frustrated Lakers fans might not want to hear that, knowing it might mean another long, difficult season in 2014-15.
Jackson likely shares that feeling. That's why it's best he moves on from the Lakers, officially and once and for all.
That isn't to doubt his greatness.
It's understanding his skill-set and the task ahead of the Lakers are not a good fit.
Vincent Bonsignore is a columnist for Digital First Media at the Los Angeles Daily News. Follow him on Twitter @DailyNewsVinny.