Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 3:05 pm  |  31 responses

Phil Jackson Says the Lakers are Misusing Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol

In a fun Q&A with SI, during which Phil Jackson promotes his upcoming book “Eleven Rings”, the Zen Master also opens up about the Los Angeles Lakers (Phil thinks head coach Mike D’Antoni is misusing Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol), his views on the NBA today (it could be improved with a longer shot clock, according to Jackson), and what the future holds (most likely, a high ranking front-office gig somewhere): “Do you watch a lot of games? Do you have the NBA package? Phil Jackson: ‘I just got it last week at Jeannie’s insistence. She didn’t want people thinking that her boyfriend is so poor he can’t get all the NBA channels.’ Do you take notes in case, you know, future jobs arise? Jackson: ‘I sometimes take notes. I have some people who have come to me and ask, “Would you watch my team, see if you can pick anything up?” Four or five teams, plus the Lakers. [He wouldn't identify the other teams.] So while I’m not officially in the consulting business, it might come in handy sometime.’ [...] How does the game look to you? Similar from team to team? Jackson: ‘Yes. Basketball is a simple game. Your goal is penetration, get the ball close to the basket, and there are three ways to do that. Pass, dribble and offensive rebound. The easiest one is — or should be — the pass. But the new rules allow you to throw more people at post-up players. NBA basketball is a big man’s game, and in the past they protected that aspect of the game. Well, those rules went out the window and what they didn’t do was consider this: If they’re going to continue to allow zone defenses to work and shut down the paint, then they have to put six more seconds on the shot clock. A 30-second clock. But they’re so attached to the idea of the 24-second clock that it doesn’t happen.’ [...] When you look at the Lakers now, considering that they’ve had a lot of personnel changes and injuries, what do you see? Jackson: ‘They just don’t put the ball in the post. They’ll use a screen-roll to get the guy in the post. But there’s no consistent plan to do it. Yes, Kobe will go in there. But Dwight [Howard] just doesn’t get any touches. They’ve basically eliminated his assets.’ [...] How about when Pau Gasol comes back? There seemed to be some problems when they were out there together. Jackson: ‘Well, what is the problem? We won two championships that way [with two big men]. Pau is one of the best big men in the game. I mean, Pau Gasol is going to be in the Hall of Fame.’”

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  • analfissures

    I don’t know about Pau being a hall-of-famer, but I agree with him that the NBA has strayed away from this league being focused on dominant big men. It’s a shame to see guys in the all-star game that really wouldn’t have any business being there 10 years ago.

  • LakeShow

    I nominate a compromise between the GCOAT and the L.

    I call it “the 28 second shot clock.”

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  • LakeShow

    Just wanted to make sure you agree:
    Caps Lock = Douche

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  • Dutch Rich

    The Zing Master…

  • pposse

    In other words the Zen Master believes he can still fix the problem in LA and make them championship contenders

  • analfissures

    LOL at your math. 27 second shot clock would actually be halfway, not 28.

  • LakeShow

    Where did I say that 28 seconds was half way between 24 and 30??
    but more importantly… LOL at your name. I can’t even think about anything else lol.

  • analfissures

    Lol well thank you ;) if anyone here watches “The Office”, and watched the first two seasons especially, they should know where I got my inspiration from.

  • 1982

    D’Antoni thinks this is a terrible idea.

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

    Pau is going to be a HOFer someday when you combine his international play and NBA resume.

  • RayJr

    Thats a real thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    If it aint broke dont fix it.

  • analfissures

    “But no one here has it.”

    “……someone does.”

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

    I guess it is time to add PJax into the “you can play 2 bigs at the same time” group. Too bad, the one guy that is coaching the Lakers thinks differently.

  • danpowers

    NO jax. In Europe we actually used to have that 30 clock and i remember playing with a 30 sec clock when i was younger. over here we even play a proper zone without illegal defense rule and changed the clock to 24 seconds which didnt really hurt the game at all. i read the whole interview and jax said this zone defense requieres more dribbling but the opposite is the case. it requires more off ball movement and cuts. teams need to vary their offense. the spurs are actually playing mostly like the “european” way which is the right answer to zone-defense.
    dribble penetration is also a great mean to attack a zone, mixed with the “no handchecking rules” which is also provided by the number of talented athletic point guards in the nba. in other words: its all good, dont make the game slower.

  • miggy

    the name of the book is straight up 11 rings thats BAD AS

  • danpowers

    yup. if they let yao ming in there then gasol has to be a no brainer

  • robb

    no doubt Pau’s gonna be a HOF what are you talking about?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    It’s weird though, D’Antoni has done it before.

  • Pdadunker

    Phil rules…. 11Rings is saying all there is to say, right. 2 great big men to play hoops is every coaches wet dream, ain’t it

  • Sam

    Please use paragraphing, I would fail you if you were a year 8 student.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    You didn’t read his comments properly. He said it requires attacking through passing or dribbling and most teams choose dribbling.

  • Ugh

    Yeah, but those guys shot .44 from downtown and rebounded 3rpg.

  • Ugh

    He called it “straight up 11 rings thats BAD AS”? I thought Phil had a much better education than that.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what? – that lineup was Steve Nash, Raja Bell, Grant HIll, Amar’e Stoudemire, & Shaq……
    Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, Dwight isn’t really a worse shooting lineup.

  • danpowers

    my bad