He may gotten screwed out of coaching the Los Angeles Lakers this season, but Phil Jackson continues to exert his influence (and voice his considerable opinion). Dwight Howard told the media that the Zen Master sends him encouraging texts about his back injury, and that they help the limited center keep perspective. Per ESPN: “Here’s the quote from Dwight Howard today, talking about how he and Phil Jackson keep in touch … ‘I’ve had people really just help me out,’ Howard said. ‘Guys like Phil [Jackson], he texts me and he understands how it is to come off back surgery. He just said it takes a full year to recover, so you can’t beat yourself up over the things that have happened this year.’”