Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 at 10:45 am  |  26 responses

Phil Jackson: Training Camp A Bust

Via ESPN: “[L]akers coach Phil Jackson acknowledged that the setup leaves plenty to be desired as the foundation for a three-peat quest. ‘This training camp is kind of a bust. You just have to try to do the best you can in this training camp. We’ll try to incorporate these new players, embrace them, educate them in what we do [but] we don’t anticipate in the first two weeks that we’re going to gain any ground, so to speak.’ ‘I think I can respect [Jackson's] point,’ nodded Derek Fisher after Friday’s practice in El Segundo, just a few hours before the plane was boarded. ‘I do think it’s tough to prepare for the type of season that we have in front of us with a disjointed month here in October.’”

Aside from this trip overseas, L.A.’s dealing with Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum’s rehab.

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  • yo

    One thing is for sure, this type of honesty will not be coming from Miami lol

  • memyselfand9

    where are the lakers’ complains about having the least back2back games in the L?

  • LD

    I wonder if LeBron thinks race had something to do with the Lakers’ schedule.

  • @tvac32

    Once again another phil jax mind game.watch how the players respond in europe

  • The Philosopher

    The G.O.A.T. is making excuses early.

  • fizzrocket

    Anyone else tired of Jackson acting like he’s the king of the NBA? All you ever, ever hear him do is complain. Already he’s making excuses.

  • JTaylor21

    I wonder if Kobe’s past transgression had something to do with LA’s schedule?

  • karma

    Can someone ban this JTaylor dude? All he does is post stupid remarks in an effort to fan flame-wars on this site? F**kin noob.

  • sush_carter

    @fizzrocket…11 rings pretty much makes him king of the nba

  • Barry

    Phil ain’t exactly making excuses, he’s pointing out that new guys can’t get used to the system whenever Kobe isn’t participating, nor Bynum, and the triangle is hard enough to learn without missing key pieces of the team. And how is this a mindgame? How does this motivate or distract anyone?

  • larrylegend

    ppppfffff, phil, for boston it worked out pretty well in 2008. are u a worse coach than doc….? live in the moment.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    They left their three-peat in El Segundo…

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  • JalepinoSausage

    The Mind Games have begun …

  • fizzrocket

    @sush_carter: Every one of his championships has come with Jordan, Kobe, or Shaq on his team, let’s not call him king just yet.

  • Blackphantom

    This doesn’t surprise me. For as long as I’ve watched the NBA I’ve known Phil to be as outspoken as this

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    ain’t no mind games going on. They had a wack training camp lol, just watch NBA TV and see how their practices compared to every other teams practices went…pretty plain to see. Phil’s just keeping it real, but the truth of it all is none of it really matters. If the new guys can’t properly adjust to the system, they’ll just adjust to the bench- the Lakers aren’t sweating nothin

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @Fizzrocket – Jordan never won a championship without Jackson. Your point…?

  • fizzrocket

    Aaaand…you think that without Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan would have won zero championships. OK.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    second post make an interesting point. hmm, wonder how much the league favors la?

  • JoeMaMa

    Phil Jackson is either the luckiest coach of all time or the best coach of all time. Wait…he won how many rings? 4? WOW! No wait…7 RINGS?!? OH MY LORD! Wh…what’s this? NINE RINGS??! Impossible!! (and so on….) People on this site….good lord. I don’t have time to explain why Phil Jackson is a coaching icon, and one of the best all time in any sport (but not better than Coach Wooden). I’ll just agree with what he says. He’s working on his 4th threepeat. I’m still working on my first…in pick up stix.

  • Anon e Mouse

    @ JoeMama (feels so wrong saying that!) well said. Summed it up nicely bro, although the Coach Wooden comparison is arguable, I’m certainly not gonna argue the point. 10 in 12 at UCLA is no joke.

  • Anon e Mouse

    @ fizzrocket Please take a pause before posting just to think what you are putting out there for the whole Internets to see. Phil should be able to name his title! King may be understating it.

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    LOL @ these noobs….’making excuses early’….except, you make excuses when you LOSE. Phil has won the last 2 years NBA Championships, do the math.

  • PapaBearATL

    Phil Jackson is like this Super Philosophical Mind bending basketball guru! He is the Dalai Lama of the League! I don’t think Kobe or MJ are as dominant and successful without Phil. He does what he does and says what he says and he know’s the reasons why. Plus, without key pieces to the team, how do you introduce new teammates to the system?

  • http://www.acb.com Alan

    Greatest coach in pro bball ever (sorry Red), one of the best ever in any sport and one of the few who speaks his mind. We should be adoring him. I guess 11 is just too much for some people. Is hard to recognize greatness sometimes… lol