If that sounds like … duh … no basketball team has ever played together as well as they do.In the game before they had 45 assists. The record for a season is the 1984-85 Lakers’ 31.4. Without a Magic Johnson, the Warriors are at 31.8.Mike D’Antoni dreamed up the modern NBA open-court offense in Phoenix in 2004. The Spurs took it to the next level, culminating in their 2014 title run in which they zipped the ball around so quickly, the Heat got dizzy trying to follow them and toppled over in a five-game Finals.The Warriors are like the Spurs with way better shooters, including the best 1-2 combination the game had ever seen in Curry and Klay Thompson and now (hiss, boo, etc.) KD.They’re — finally — wise to the danger of burning themselves out chasing records like last season’s 73 wins. With three upset losses already, they went into the weekend on a more comfortable pace … in which they would win only 71. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Now that he has helped the Warriors build a budding dynasty, can the Lakers have Jerry West back?Here’s what a monster they have built in Golden State:The Warriors took the Clippers apart by 17 points at Staples Center in last week’s so-called showdown but it could have been a lot worse. Despite the Warriors’ vaunted firepower, they shot 23 percent on 3s, making just seven, fewer than the Clippers. Steph Curry went 0 for 8 from the arc. Kevin Durant was 5 for 17 from the floor.How did the Warriors make up for that? By playing together. Of course, when they get up for an opponent, you could ask the Clippers, whom they don’t like and have beaten seven times in a row, what comes next.Not that I saw this level of domination coming. I thought goofy/inevitable expectations would weigh the Warriors down but they haven’t.I didn’t expect a seamless transition to the KD era but they’ve had one.I thought success would bring turmoil as it has so many other places. Nope.The Warriors’ key is their marvelous chemistry. They’re like each others’ best friends, starting with the sunny Steph, who is everyone’s favorite Warrior, and driven by the gung-ho, high-kicking Draymond.To be clear about West’s contribution, he’s merely a highly-paid consultant … as much as Jerry is ever merely anything.It’s hardly coincidence that he was behind two Laker dynasties, one he inherited with Magic and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one he built from scratch with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant; then turned Memphis, which had never won 25 games, into a 50-win playoff team before joining the Warriors.Coming off a 36-46 season under new management in 2011, the Warriors were looking for nothing less than credibility. As Joe Lacob, a classic know-it-all new owner, but one smart enough to hire someone he knew he had to defer to, later noted, “Our feeling was, even if we made some mistakes, at least if we had Jerry West involved, how much of idiots could we be?”That West is working for a division rival is an accident of Laker history they should stop repeating.If this is a Golden Oldie — I like to make this pitch annually — the Lakers are approaching a watershed moment. With Jeanie Buss preparing to nudge her brother, Jim, to the side — darn, did I give away the ending? — it will be a continuation of this Looney Tunes saga not to pursue West, whose contract with the Warriors is up next summer, in whatever capacity works for him.If it would be wildly popular with Laker fans, there are reasons why this is a long shot … just no good ones.Jerry Buss revered West but didn’t think he needed help coming off the Lakers’ 2009-2010 titles and wanted to let Jim take over the basketball operation without being eclipsed by a legend.Jeanie has no concern about protecting Jim but her preferred choice to take over would be her fiance and current New York Knick president, Phil Jackson, assuming he’s available.Jeanie has a legitimate reason to hire Jackson. She’s responsible for the entire organization, knows she’s no basketball expert and feels — as she said before he went to New York — that Phil would make her better at her job.If the Lakers want to make it work, West could fit easily with any of their configurations in an add-on position like consultant.He and Jackson won a title in their only season together, co-existing easily even if each of them wondered where the other’s head was.The problem with West, who’s totally personable but wound tight as a violin string, is not any issue with anyone on the job, but keeping him on the job. He didn’t have to leave the championship Lakers he had built in 2000 and were about to go on a three-title run but he was emotionally exhausted enough to be spooked by the romance between Phil and Jeanie.Nevertheless, as a fit, we’re talking about Mr. Laker, who has worked with Phil, Jeanie and coach Luke Walton, mentored GM Mitch Kupchak and raised the director of player personnel, Jerry’s son, Ryan.Consulting is a good compromise between being in the action without getting burned out for West. If it would be unorthodox to pay him $1 million or more just to consult, that’s what the Warriors did to get him out of retirement at 73 when he had been out of the game for four years.At 78, West is still doing what he does … in Oakland.If anyone needs West, it’s not the Warriors, who are all built, but the Lakers who not only know what he can do but need someone to do it again.