Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 10:00 am  |  29 responses

Phil Jackson Says the Lakers Overpaid Kobe Bryant (VIDEO)

The two-year, $48.5 million extension Kobe Bryant recently signed remains a controversial subject. Bryant’s former head coach Phil Jackson, had he been in charge of the Los Angeles Lakers’ books, would have offered a smaller deal to the aging superstar. (The Zen Master also had pointed criticism of Dwight Howard’s game.)

Per the LA Daily News:

“They paid him more than I would have gone for,” Jackson said in an interview on NBA TV that aired on Thursday.

“What he’s given to this organization, what he gives back, he brings a certain sense of, ‘We’re going to win!’ ” Jackson said. “You got to have a guy on the team that doesn’t settle for second. That’s one of the areas where the value of Kobe, even at this age, is terrific.” [...]

“There’s a good chance that would have happened,” Jackson said of Howard signing an extension with the Lakers if he was the coach. “Dwight gave up a little bit early on the Lakers, but maybe it wasn’t for him. Maybe he just didn’t find the culture exactly what he needed to benefit and blossom from the game. But it cost the Lakers a lot. It cost them a draft pick.”

The Rockets (31-17) rank fifth in the Western Conference, while Howard has averaged 18.1 points and 12.5 rebounds.

“He’s doing, I’d say, OK,” said Jackson. “I think his game has gone backwards since he was in the ’09 playoffs and championship playoffs that year. His post-up game has not developed and that’s the one thing that I felt he can really advance himself with Kevin McHale as his coach and I just don’t know if that’s happened or not this year.”

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  • The Seed

    True about Howard, he is on a downfall. Kobe got more money, than I would have gave him too, but the Lakers choose to give him that amount. So hopefully they have an idea of what to do. Lets be honest, Jim Buss doesn’t know what he is doing. Bring Jerry West back, Phil Jackson will be the coach of this team in one to two years. BOOK IT!!!

  • JJ Jones

    Yeah maybe a little lol. If that was his salary but fore the achilles tear then I would say that its justified. I guess they saw enough that made them believe that kobe could return to his old dominant self.

  • JJ Jones

    Phil might be too old at that point unfortunately.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Boggles my mind that Jim Buss decided on that figure (with zero negotiations, mind you) BEFORE HE PLAYED A SINGLE GAME. There was no rush – he could have waited a little longer and let him play a couple of games before making an offer. 24 million is ridiculous. I think Kobe would have been OK with even just 12-14 million…no one else was going to pay him anything above 15 at the most.

    Love Kobe but this was a stupid move by the Lakers financially.

  • Conor

    Buss has regressed this organization to the mid-90s. No one can account for injuries to the players – the volume of which has been absolutely astounding for the past two seasons – but his decisions to hire Brown over Adelman, D’Antoni over Jackson, and to offer Kobe that contract prior even to the new year is reflective of his horrendous lack of managerial acumen. He just doesn’t seem to know what being a leader entails.

  • JJ Jones

    I think it was more about marketing than his actual production though. From that perspective it makes sense.

  • JJ Jones

    Dont forget the vetoed chris paul trade that set them back more than anything. Besides what has Adelman done exactly miss the playoffs year after year? Dantoni over Jackson was a Dumbass move no arguing that.

  • SGM

    Expensive marketing campaign

  • Charlotte Frank


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  • bike

    I think Phil enjoys taking pot shots at the LA organization any time the opportunity arises.

  • Anthony

    I’d have to say that this contract was more based on what Kobe has done for the Lakers as opposed to what he will do for the Lakers. Giving’em 48.5Mil now guarantees Buss isn’t the “Bad Guy” if Kobe decides he wants to play at the end of his extension and the Lakers decide not to pick up his option, or trade’em to a team that wants to sale tickets.

  • jrandz

    Dont think Jerry West is gonna be coming back anytime soon…

  • shockexchange

    This caption is a little off isn’t it. Shouldn’t it say, “The Lakers have been overpaying Horry Jr ever since he’s been in the league”?

  • patrick

    they could have done it in a way that didnt’ effect the salary cap..ie. hire company for an executive position after he retires and then pay him this 24$m then

  • angelman

    Do you have downs?

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  • Wings23

    I actually think this might be strategy by the organization. The Lakers are showing they are loyal to loyal players. This may attract big FA’s in the future. I can see players thinking in that light. They can just point and say that the Lakers know how to take care of their players and they’ll take care of me too even when I’m past my prime. It’s not like the Lakers don’t have the money. I might be wrong but its at least interesting to think about.

  • shockexchange

    That’s not funny Lake. Didn’t The Kang have to apologize for making a similar comment a few days ago. Show some class guy.

  • Conor

    I try to forget the Paul fiasco to maintain my basketball sanity.

    Adelman hasn’t had much to work with in Minnesota, personnel-wise as well as injury-wise. His old Kings/Rockets teams would obliterate these Wolves teams. Unfortunate that he’ll probably never win a championship.

  • underdog

    Exactly. It’s called a business decision.

  • pinoy808

    if u wanna sell tickets,keep kb24 but you aint winning games.
    its basically about the money.

  • JJ Jones

    Right most fans really dont think about the business side of the nba. Kobe’s brand is still huge globally

  • JJ Jones

    I still cant believe that trade was cancelled still haunts me to this day.

  • http://www.youtube.com/B4ULoveShine Tim_at_where

    If anything, that’s a direct shot at Jim Buss; the latter has been proven of having no basketball IQ whatsoever.

  • sim888

    Lebron made a statement while angelman asked a question :P

  • grgeblck

    really? What about Shaq? What about Gasol?

  • grgeblck

    Patrick should take over Buss.

  • jimmer

    I just watched it twice. The video doesnt even say Kobes name one time…. am i watching the wrong thing?

  • Wings23

    True, just trying to make sense of it because I don’t see any other reason. It’d have to be loyalty.