Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 11:30 am  |  30 responses

Kobe Bryant Looking to Properly Send Off Phil Jackson

Bryant realizes that this could really be his final season with the Zen Fella, and wants it to end on the highest note possible. From the LA Times: “Month by month, Coach Phil Jackson’s departure from the Lakers draws closer and closer. One particular player is finding a way to turn it into a positive. Kobe Bryant doesn’t need any added motivation, but he acknowledges the importance of winning one more championship under Jackson. ‘Yeah, for me especially because we’ve been together for so long,’ Bryant said. ‘I’m going to make sure I do everything in my power to send him off in the right way.’ Jackson, 65, reiterated Thursday that he would be done after this season. Jackson said last season was a ‘maybe’ as far as retirement, but added that ‘this year, there’s no ‘maybe.’”

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  • tRay

    And the fact that he wants to have 6 rings!

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    Ya Phil deserves another ring

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    In two years, people will be saying ‘Kobe can’t win a title without Phil Jackson, or Bryan Shaw’.

  • Ali

    No added motivation needed! Nuff said…

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Larry Brown is anxiously awaiting…

  • chinhooper

    why don’t you say:in two years,people will say phill or shaw can’t win a title without kobe

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Tom Izzo???

  • chinhooper

    larry is a great couch,but he wom’t fit for lakers,


    cause thatis not the case Chinhooper. Phil had 6 rings before Kobe

  • Ali

    Beam Me Up Scotty (Byron Scott) should have waited Phil out and stayed out the association for a year or two for his dream job i L.A. Taking over the Cavs a was serious mistake.

  • tRay

    CAN’T WAIT!!!
    -Bart Scott

  • J.C.

    In my experience Larry is a pretty uncomfortable couch.

  • http://bulls.com airs


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

    Kobe is gonna give back all those stupid books phil gave him

  • unrel

    straight up.. when phil leaves.. regardless of your opinion of who and how he coached.. he’s a living legend..

  • Red Star

    Would Phil be considered the greatest coach of all time if he didn’t coach the greatest players of all time? Hmmm, I wonder.

  • T-Money

    Jeanie Buss has said that Phil is leaving the Lakers at the end of this year but his next move is still to be determined. She stopped well short of saying that he was retiring from coaching altogether.

  • Max

    Phil, Greg, and Larry should buy a team, just to see what happens…

  • 32

    Is Pat Riley considered any less of a great coach because of Magic and co. back in his day? How about Red Auerbach? I can see why people would say that Phil wasn’t a great coach. But the bottom line is that even with all the stars he’s had he found a way to make it work. I mean remember when the Rockets had Hakeem, Barkley and Clyde? They didn’t win a title that year. So you can’t say it’s just about the players on the team. Some where down the line you have to make it work. And P. Jax found a way to make it work and has 2 hands worth of rings to show for it. I’m not even really a fan of his, more of a Jerry Sloan fan myself. But you’ve gotta give respect where its due. And P.J. has more than earned it.

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    Hey Red Star your comment is pointless. Did you think before writing it?
    Of course he needs great players to win, but they do need him to succeed too.
    That is just how it works in basketball.

  • Coney Islander

    Byron Scott and Brian Shaw will be fighting to the death for that vacancy.

  • float_world

    No way Byron Scott gets the job after all the goose eggs he’s putting up in Cleveland. He should have passed on that job and waited out Phil. Can you really see the Lakers bringing in a guy to coach Kobe after losing 50+?
    May as well hand Kobe the clipboard and let him draw it up cuz he won’t be listening to anything Byron has to say.

  • Brian

    Phil wins in threesss

  • Brian

    Phil always wins in threes

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear


  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Anyways, @ 32: I agree to some extent, but Barkley, Clyde, and Olajuwon were way past their prime when joining up in Houston.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Also, that’s not a good analogy at all, considering Rudy T, the Rockets’ coach, won TWO championships in a row with considerably less talent than Phil Jackson has EVER had.

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    I laugh my ass off when people say he’s only a good coach because of the players he has/had….that is the case for any aspect of life you morons. Every amazing coach has had the best players, get used to it.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ 32: Charles/Clyde/Dream is definitely not a very good analogy… If you’re implying that Rudy T. is not a great coach because he couldn’t win with those three players, know that they were way past their primes at that point–completely different from having Mike/Scottie and Kobe/Shaq/Gasol IN THEIR PRIMES.
    Also, Rudy T. won back-to-back championships with significantly less overall talent than Phil Jackson has EVER had to coach. Has Phil ever won a championship with anything less than TWO (or more) future Hall of Famers?
    If you’re going to talk about Clyde/Charles/Hakeem, why not talk about Kobe/Shaq/Malone/Payton?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Where do we find one of those Larry Brown couches? Would look nice next to my SVG recliner..