Kilroy wrote:Jim's involved more because his dad is older and can't carry all the Ownership load... So he was definitely more involved in the interview process than Jerry.
The issue is whether or not Jerry had any veto power over the decision to hire Phil... Which it seems like he exercised.
It doesn't really matter... It's impossible to blame all our issues on any one person in our organization.
I think if Mitch co-signed on D'Antoni, then I doubt Jerry would have veto'ed even if it was his final say. If Mitch was all in on Mike, then I will chalk it up to a bad decision, and even good basketball guys make bad decisions sometimes.
But if Mitch really preferred Phil and either Jim OR Jerry chose Mike instead, then this is the much more egregious sin IMO. Mitch is the only real basketball guy out of the 3. Jerry has obviously been a great owner but that's a different thing than GM.