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Friday, October 5th, 2012 at 4:10 pm  |  24 responses

Phil Jackson Offers His Thoughts on This Year’s Lakers


It was only a matter of time until the media cornered Phil Jackson, to ask him about this year’s star-studded Laker team. The former coach, who is happily retired, took an analytical look at the squad and envisioned the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Mike Brown. From the LA Times (via ESPN Radio): “It’s finding a role that each player can move towards and be comfortable in,’ Jackson said. ‘I think that’s how you want to feel. You want Steve to have the ability to have the ball with confidence that he is doing the right thing and feeling like he can run the team and getting the ball to Kobe in critical situations is important because that’s what his best role is standing out in the moments of crisis or the moments that are critical. And the inclusion that you have to have to make Howard feel a part of it. So all those guys have to find a little role.’ [...] Jackson also shared concerns on the Lakers’ veteran-laden roster. ‘They gotta watch the wear and tear that goes on because the end result is what counts’ Jackson said. ‘It’s not the first 100 yards of the season so to speak.’ [...] Jackson believed Steve Nash would be key in ensuring the system runs well. ‘He is a guy that can kinda make it easier for Howard to be a player inside,’ Jackson said. ‘As Pau can move around in the post and move up to the high post and he can be an outside defender that can help out in a variety of screen-roll activities that maybe Howard might get himself in foul trouble having to defend all the time. So they’ll be able to do a lot of things with a more mobile and quicker Pau Gasol. This is a team that you have to find an offense that is going to work and include everybody because Kobe dominates the ball and Steve Nash dominates the ball. Then you’ve got player that need to get the ball in good spots to work for their offense. That’s Gasol obviously in a couple spots, low and high post. Howard really is a low post player, he needs that ball in the post.’”

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  • danpowers

    that was shockingly un-controversal :(

  • zogs19994

    COME BACK PHILL!!!!
    GET THIS TURTLE LOOKIN “DEFENSE MINDED” JOKE OF A COACH OUTTA L.A!!!

  • headlines

    Mike Brown is just a mall cop living the dream.

  • RKJ92

    LOL He actually does look like a turtle! dudes too round ahahaha

  • http://www.facebook.com/francis.aboy Francis Aboy

    So basically Kobe is Jordan, Nash is Pip, Pau is Kukoc, Metta is Rodman and Dwight is Luc Longley.

  • Malik

    Mike Brown is in over his head. If he doesn’t win a ring, his coaching career is over.

  • roscoe

    I disagree… this is pjax sending out the message he knows what this team needs to succeed, so if mbrown does not do the job, you know where to call first. I could be wrong, but pjax is one calculated dude.

  • danpowers

    i also read it a little bit like you said. “i know better than mike what to do with this squad” lol. just didnt want to assume bad thoughts there

  • danpowers

    lol zogs that was mean but a good one

  • danpowers

    you just insulted pip, jordan and d12 big time ;)

  • LobCity

    And you’re Smush Parker

  • zogs19994

    DKMM

  • Hatershateme

    LMAO

  • spit hot fiyah

    i want to hear popovic thoughts on phil jackson retirement

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    lot of people need the ball…

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    hahaha

  • gusisit

    all ways should of gone with brian shaw smh…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/francis.aboy Francis Aboy

    Actually I was comparing what Jackson was saying in the above article and was comparing it to the 90′s Bulls offense.

    Ahem. “You want Steve to have the ability to have the ball with confidence that he is doing the right thing and feeling like he can run the team and getting the ball to Kobe in critical situations” Nash is not Paxson or Fish, OBVIOUSLY he’s not the defender Scottie is, but the comparison of the team made sense to me “you have to find an offense that is going to work and include everybody because Kobe dominates the ball and Steve Nash dominates the ball”. I feel that the Lakers now are not in any comparison to the Shaq/Kobe dynasty.
    IMHO they’re more like the mid-ninety bulls, except with an awesome Center. If you read what Phil said it was more about how Pau can move to open up the post. So I compared what Phil said above to 90s Bulls offense. In no way is Dwight, Luc Longley in a long shot. “That’s Gasol obviously in a couple spots, low and high post. Howard really is a low post player, he needs that ball in the post.”

  • Reed’

    Phil jackson missed the ring with certified all of famers like GP, The Mailman, Shaq and Kobe, that didn’t end his carrer. We gotta stop acting like the Lakers are the only team loaded with talent. It’s become Ego management 101 for coach Brown. We’ll see how everything goes. Will MWP wanna stay in the backseat even after is well publicized come back in great shape? Can’t wait for the All Star Break analysis!

  • servantofthemosthigh

    Malone was hurt in the playoff and never “delivered” (sorry had to) the way he did in Utah!

  • danpowers

    i got you in the first place and it makes sense. was jus a little funny to read

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    Meanwhile in a dark corner in L.A, Lakers coach Mike Woodson was seen taking notes of a recent Phil Jackson interview, whispering, “Thank you Phil….”

  • http://twitter.com/SeanEmbreyStine Sean Embrey-Stine

    Wish Jackson was still coaching!

    I hope some of you can take a few minutes to help me with a study I am doing on the NBA lockout of last year. Here is a link to it https://oxy.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bDe6EeJOzS7i7RP
    You could also win a $50 gift card!

  • http://twitter.com/scottcaldwell7 scott caldwell

    LOL *2 Chainz voice* tru!

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