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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 at 11:40 am  |  26 responses

Phil Jackson Thinks Andrew Bynum’s Increased Role Ruined the Lakers


Phil Jackson may be out of the public eye for the most part these days, but put him in front of a microphone, and the Zen Master still knows how to generate headlines better than most. As part of the well-publicized interview set to air on HBO tonight, Jackson — in addition to calling the New York Knicks a “clumsy” team — claims that Andrew Bynum’s ever-growing role within the Los Angeles Lakers’ offense (spear-headed by Jim Buss’ ever-growing influence within the organization) led to their doom this season. Per Deadspin: “But to hear Phil Jackson tell it today, he left because of some pretty serious philosophical differences with Jim Buss, the Lakers’ personnel guru. In his first lengthy interview since packing up for Big Sky Country, Jackson tells Real Sports that he and Buss had very different ideas on how to best utilize Andrew Bynum: ‘Jim saw Andrew as a kid and thought Bynum was going to be a great pick for our team. But in the process he’s wanted to have Andrew to have a bigger and bigger role, and I think he’s hired his coach to have Andrew have a bigger and bigger role. And that kind of disjointed the symmetry of what the Lakers were really about. Andrew is an All-Star Center, he did a wonderful job. But what happened was it took Pau out of his game and it took the team away from some of their game. They changed the style dramatically.’ […] Regardless of moves made and not made, this isn’t Phil Jackson’s team anymore, and it was slipping away from him for a few years, in part due to Jim Buss’s emphasis on a new way to evaluate. ‘He’s got some ideas about how the game should progress, how talent should be picked up.’ Interviewer: ‘Are they the right ideas?’ “They’re his. He’s a guy that believes a lot in statistics and in numbers and in stuff like that. I’m a guy that believes in what the product is and I see and can touch, and feel, and watch run up and down the court.’”

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  • Fat Lever

    Fixed….”I’m a guy that believes in what the product is and I smoke, err, see and can touch, and feel, and watch run up and down the court. Basically roll that sh!t, light that sh!t, smoke that sh!t’

  • Jay Cutler

    Damn those newfangled numbers and statistics. I wanna win by gutfeel (and have Kobe, Shaq, MJ, and Scottie since numbers don’t matter).

  • http://thefrontofficenews.com JT

    Phil gonna mess around in write another book lol

  • kobesBESTfriend

    not 2 mention the iq drop off on the sideline from the zen master 2 mike brown!!!

  • bdogg

    phil is partly right but my thought has always been that the lakers really need to get younger and uptempo the offense. kobe is probably the best athlete on the team and he is the oldest or close to it. SMH..trade pau for gay and we are in business!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    He’s got some points.

  • http://www.nba.com danfields

    somebody give jax a job please. first the knicks statement now his old team, he seems to be bored which seems to be the reason why he is acting that funny nowadays…

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

    I agree 100%… Lakers made a huge mistake letting Bynum be the go-to post scorer in place of Gasol. Gasol was, is, and always will be the better player–they didn’t get 2 titles ’cause of Andrew Bynum. Funny how Lakers fans all want Gasol traded now. lulz.

  • OTB

    Having actually watched Laker games other than the ones shown on national TV, I agree with him. Bynum, as good as he was, led to a sharp decline in Pau’s production. You can say its because he sucks, but Gasol (from 08-10) was THE primary option in the post, where he belongs. Gasol was a much better passer than Bynum in the post, and was as good of a scorer. Mike Brown and his incompetent ways relegated Gasol to the top of the key and the extended mid range area. Gasol rarely shot mid-range jumpers his first 3 years, and last year he was shooting 3 pointers and shots from 20 feet out. Its not his game. The offense runs much, much more smoothly through Gasol than it does through Bynum. Also, the fact that Mike Brown can’t coach (offense) to save his life doesn’t help.

  • OTB

    But the good thing is that because they are trading Pau (who I believe should have his number retired by the Lakers) this summer, it will be a easy Kobe/Bynum based offense. There will be no odd man out in the post.

  • Gogs

    totally agree with otb about the offense going through Gasol, such a good passer for a big man. Creates opportunities for players that Bynum just doesn’t see.

  • Heals

    This would be a great debate. I think the headline alone would be misleading, as Phillip goes into more description as to how. My contention would be that maybe this was a necessary step backward in order to take 2 steps forward. To me LA seemed stuck between styles of play due the aging of one star and the emergence of another that need very different offensive sets to flourish…

  • http://www.slamonline.com L.E.

    The lakers will miss Pau when he is gone.
    They don’t really appreciate what a special player he is and didn’t use his skills properly under their new coach.

  • AiRsMiTh

    Poor Pau… Bynum can be dominant at times, but Pau is the more well rounded of the two, and helped win them two championships. Would be nice if Pau could somehow get the last laugh since it appears imminent that he will be traded. Too bad, I think Pau and Bynum still are a great duo in the frontcourt.

  • Kinetik

    pjax is right. while bynum was dominant at times, it was frustrating to watch him take a lot of time facing up and then forcing the issue in the paint instead of kicking out and repost. ended up in a lot of turnovers and a lot of forced shots. pau was taken way out of the post.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Cosign, been saying this since season started.

  • bigstats

    Phil…No one cares….The LAKERS are mess and you piling on is so easy. I’m pretty sure OKC dumps them with Phil as coach and his stupid ass triangle!

  • PT

    Certainly looked like Pau was out of place and lost on the floor in Mike Brown/Jim Buss schemes. He was taken out of his comfort zone and second option role and never quite knew where to fit back in. Yeah he could hav edone better in the playoffs but was not all his fault as things were undefined at the time, IE trade Fish for Sessions then play Blake?

  • king kong

    difference is PJ’s team quit on him and got slaughtered without a fight because his coaching ways are old and stale

  • king kong

    yet pj got slaughtered and laughed off the court his last game

  • http://Somethingsomething. Ugh

    @king kong – ‘Old and stale’. And yet he does everything differently to the other coaches and has 11 rings. Your judgement of coaching ability is subpar, pal.

  • C

    Mike Brown’s a yes man

  • Bob

    When Phil talks, people listen……. Unless, they are haters and unwise. The triangle isn’t a “stupid” offense, it is one of the hardest to defend and causes a lot of mismatches.
    Phil is dead right; Bynum is inconsistent and took Pau out of his game. Brown let it happen, Kobe….. I don’t know. I’d trade Bynum for Royce White, Kyle Lowry, Luis Scola, and a ham sandwich before anyone figures out that he is an old time dinosaur that can’t adapt because of his knee injuries.

  • mr.g

    Phil retires ,and all of a sudden pau’s no good??????????????????

  • Big O

    I can coach 2 Hall of Famer’s, win three championships, have the greatest player ever retire, and not win a championship, and have the greatest player ever come back and win three more championships. And then go to another team with two more Hall of Famer’s and win three more championships. Have one Hall of Famer by himself and not win, get one of the best foreign players and went 2 more, lose the next year and in the playoffs and retire and watch the same team lose in the playoffs again, and blame the general manager and the new head coach.

  • Adam Contreras

    You CANT argue to Jackson who won 11 titles & has been in the Finals 13 times.

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