Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  15 responses

Phil Jackson: Lakers Lacked Chemistry, Clutch Play

Phil Jackson publicly looked back at his old team for the first time since he walked away from the NBA, during a radio interview yesterday, and said the Los Angeles Lakers failed in two critical department last season. From ESPN: “There is nothing that could have gone worse for a basketball team than the way we finished our season last year,’ Jackson said . ‘Struggling with New Orleans … and going into the next round [against Dallas] we needed everyone to start playing well and we just couldn’t find that little magical thing that you always hope you have as a coach, the chemistry that makes a team work well.’ Dallas swept the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals, and Jackson saw some of it coming. To lose an 18-point lead in the first game [against the Mavericks], not being able to outscore your opponent on your home court in the fourth quarter,’ he said, ‘to give them life in the very first game of the Dallas series was foreboding what was going to happen to us. We didn’t have the ability to play in the clutch like we had in the previous years.’”

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  • http://Zogs.ca Zogs

    They basically lacked a healthy Kobe bryant

  • Thor

    Should have done better even without Kobe at all. I think Phil knows what he is talking about

  • robb

    They looked tired of winning. Not Kobe, but he was too banged up.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Shots fired at Kobe.

  • Bambe

    the mavs were just too good


    Bynum certainly didn’t help with team chemistry. Ship his arse out. lol

  • Riggs

    i dont like the lakers or kobe, but i would love to see dwight howard there.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    I blame Kim Kardashian

  • http://forumblueandgold.com jbn74sb

    PJ didn’t do sh-t to stop any of this last year. He was never the most involved or animated of coaches, but this last season, he looked as if he had taken Michael Jackson’s propofol injections before each game.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    PJax never said that about the bulls.

  • JEr dawg

    It starts with the coach. He got pay cut, he was sitting duck anyways, checked out 3/4 of season. He is too proud of admitting to any fault.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh Kobe fans, blaming it on his health. That Mavs team was losing to NOBODY

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @JEr dawg + jbn74sb – Yeah, totally. If Jackson proved anything in his eleven championships it’s that he doesn’t motivate his teams and doesn’t put enough work in. You nailed it.

  • SwaGG_SeaN

    Mmmmm…… interesting….I think its time for world metta peace to be served his walking papers.

  • Stefano

    following PJ from many years you can easily understand what he means.
    Watching the games, during the regular season they seem just be keep good shape because behind their minds was the feeling of their regrouping postponed to the play offs. Results of Play offs has been the up and downs of the regular season.
    The only critic to be moved to PJ was that his players were not be able to be focus for more than 3 years but I think it is not a fault of PJ but from his players (see what happen in 2004). Goodbye, we miss you PJ