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Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  21 responses

Phil Jackson Confident the Los Angeles Lakers Will Make the Playoffs


The front-office in Los Angeles claims that it’s not ready to panic, and that things will work out in the end. Lakers fans, on the other hand, have largely given up on this team’s ability to be great this season (let alone qualify for the postseason.) Former head coach Phil Jackson seems confident that they will make the Playoffs, despite the very tough road ahead. From the LA Times: “Will the Lakers miss the playoffs? ‘I think about it every day,’ [Steve Nash] said in a quiet moment after their latest loss, Wednesday in San Antonio. ‘We’ve got to make some serious ground up here quickly. We’re in deep, and we’ve got to find a way to scratch and claw and get to 48 wins.’ He chose 48 because it was tossed his way by a reporter. It’s the average number of victories claimed by the eighth and final team in the Western Conference playoffs the last five years. It’s actually 47.7 and based on a .582 winning percentage to account for playing only 66 games last season because of the lockout. So the Lakers (15-20) must go 33-14 the rest of the way to get to 48. Good luck. The team winning 43% of its games must now win 70% of the rest. The first chance is Friday at home against Oklahoma City (27-8) without Dwight Howard and possibly Pau Gasol, who’s still not cleared to play because of a concussion. Reality gets only more biting for the Lakers and their $100-million payroll. Even if they miss the playoffs, their lottery pick goes to Phoenix as part of the Nash trade. [...] One fairly important voice thinks the Lakers will get there. He was the guy they called at midnight two months ago to say they didn’t want him coaching their team. ‘I still believe the Lakers can make the playoffs,’ Phil Jackson said. ‘They might have to have a ‘come to Jesus’ moment to get their defense in order, but they have the talent.’ The Lakers have missed playoffs only twice since 1976.”

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  • zogs19994

    ….MAN….CMON LAKERS, THIS IS PATHETIC…

  • spit hot fiyah

    33-14 to get to 48 seems ver difficult right now, sure they can get on a roll and win like 12 straight eventually, but they could also go an some epic loosing streak

  • Jer dawg

    This isn’t same scenario like the first year Miami came together and played average. They were all integrating new parts, BUT they were younger and athletic. They needed to find out who played what roles. On the Lakers They added new pieces that was older, less athletic OR injured. They have established guy in Kobe and Pau, but they are not any younger and more athletic. It matters in pick up games and it matters in NBA games. I blame d’Antoni’s philosophy. He couldn’t do it in New York and look speaking of which. They look pretty good now with a defensive-minded coach. They had Tyson Chandler and he was healthy when D’Antoni was coaching. Tyson was championship defensive anchor and after new contract he forget how to play defense? DPOY says no, but nobody else can guard a lick. When bench guys come off bench and torch Laker guards it speaks to defensive lapses in coaching. its NO Coincidence.

  • shockexchange

    Can somebody convince the Shock Exchange that Odom, MWP, The Gimp / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time, and Horry Jr aren’t better than this current Lakers squad? L.A. put themselves in this mess by “biting the hand that fed them.”

  • pposse

    When is DH scheduled to come back?

  • shockexchange

    The Streets is calling him “Rent-A-Center” not “Rent-to-Own.”

  • Brad

    I think you meant to say “make the playoffs (let alone be great this season)

  • roscoe

    again, pjax is positioning himself for LAL job… don’t kid yourself he wants his seat back.

  • pposse

    im sayin..if his ligament is torn, there is no way he is coming back this season. Why risk your career when you aren’t even signed to a team next year?!

  • shockexchange

    Ok. I thought you meant “re-signed.” If he is done for the season that is unfortunate. I don’t want L.A. to have any excuses when they miss the playoffs.

  • roscoe

    He looks like a “Tired-Call-Center-Rep”

  • pposse

    haha neither do i.

  • shockexchange

    It’s like Ric Flair purposely doing something to get himself disqualified right when he’s about to get submitted. “Woo Daadddyyy!”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no he doesn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    this team would be a lot better if phil was on the bench..nuff said!

  • Marty Susman

    Like Phil knows, as I recall he didn’t do such a great job in his last playoff run as I recall…. This Laker team is doomed, totally doomed & the best thing the Buss family can do is dump just about al of them & retool with new, young future studs…
    Every member of the team other then Hill, (Carter if he continues to play this way) & before I say Kobe, make him understand he will never get another ring with this team unless he hangs in maybe three or four years meaning he should simply ask for a trade to one of the NY teams.. If in fact Kobe does that we should get a ton in return, a ton meaning a K. Irving type point & Gilcrist type forward & a Monroe & Drummond type center/forward…
    Other then that, Nash, Pau, Peace Etc need to GO !!!!!!!!!!!

  • AndyK

    They are done. And as much as I love Kobe and the Lakers ( I live in Minneapolis, so I still consider the Lakers my 2nd team because we had ‘em first) I can’t stand Dwight Howard. He has got to be the least likeable player in the league. I seriously hope he just loses for the rest of his career because he doesn’t get how to be a serious contender in the NBA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Yeah because PJax doesn’t know what he talks about when it comes to leading a team to the playoffs. SMFH, the same Laker fans that turned on PJax after the Lakers were swept by DAL are now clamoring for his return.

  • Max

    D’Antoni can’t do nothing about it.
    Pau is anything but established this season.

  • whooo!

    the fact that MAKING THE PLAYOFFS is even a question tells you everything you need to know about this Lakers team. who woulda thunk.

  • coachdoc

    The Lakers WILL NOT earn the #8 seed and FAIL TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. Mamba must let go of being the #1 scoring option every time down the court and declare to every teammate that Steve Nash is running the offense, so move without the ball and create spacing. Trust Nash. No D’Antoni team plays defense. Period. Defense wins championships. OKC, San Antonio, LA Clippers, Memphis, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Golden State. . . . . that’s Eight. Jim Buss. . . . . . . solid. Right.

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