Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  85 responses

Phil Jackson Pleads His Case for More Free Throws

by Marcel Mutoni

The only thing more entertaining than the game last night – for Laker fans, anyway – was Phil Jackson’s press conference following the loss. He went to war with the press corps (at one point telling a reporter to shut up and listen), called out Dahntay Jones for his intentional trip of Kobe Bryant, and attacked the refs for not calling an even game.

It was an epic performance by the Zen Master, and certainly a much better effort than the one his team was able to provide in Game 4.

The Press-Enterprise reports:

Jackson suggested that inconsistent officiating sapped the Lakers of their typical aggressiveness and ultimately caused the second half to get “kind of out of hand.” Three of the four technicals called in the game were on Denver, but the Nuggets shot 49 free throws – 14 more than the Lakers.

“Tonight we didn’t know what a foul was and what wasn’t a foul out there,” he said. “Start of the ball game, we got guys knocked around going to the basket and they said they were going to let these things go. By the end of the game, little fouls were being called all over the place.”

The play that drew Jackson’s ire the most was when Luke Walton caught an elbow to the neck from Nene that did not draw a whistle as he came across the lane with nine minutes remaining and the Lakers down 14. Walton was assessed a technical for arguing the non-call, then picked up four more personal fouls the rest of the quarter to foul out of the game in less than 13 minutes. “That’s not equal refereeing, and those are the things that change the course of games,” Jackson said. We don’t like that. We want the game to be fair and evenly played.”

This is how the (politicking) game within the game works, and no one knows how to play it better than Phil.

Which is why you should expect to see the Lakers parading to the free throw line time and again in Game 5, back on their home floor.

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  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I was waiting for the FIRST damn Lakers thread so I could start a “KOBE SUCKS HE GETS ALL THE CALLS AND ALL HE DOES IS WHINE AND HE STILL CAN’T WIN” to shove it to the Lebron haters, but that would be mean and unfair.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi


  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Phil Jackson needs to plead his case to himself to stop that Zen bullsh*t at a crucial moment in his teams season. They were down 7 early in the fourth and as that deficit ballooned to 16, he just sat there in his big chair stonefaced and let Kobe and Pau sit on the bench. I dont care if hes trying to conserve their energy, if they overexert themselves and actually pull out that win, then the series is essentially over and they have plenty of time to rest. If its clear that theyre not going to win, then pulling them out early is still an option. But you at least TRY.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I co-sign Myles. Phil Jackson is going in my opinion. I always thought he had everything in control when he’d sit around calmly, just knowing Shaq or Kobe or Jordan or Pippen would save the day.

  • riggs

    umm luke walton fouled himself out thinking he could D up carmelo, and melo abused him like a unfit father.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    Anyone thinks Phil is dunzo after this year regardless of the outcome?

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Who would win one on one Jax vs. Karl : 1 – hoops; 2 – brawl ?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy


  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Freedom Fries: Now or in their prime? I mean, Phil Jackson would obliterate George Karl in a basketball game. Dude was lockdown.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    now – for comedy value…

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Great points – how soon does Jax come out with his book on how NOT to take time outs ? Soon to be a non-best seller.

  • Babygab

    Whoever wins game 5 will win the serie

  • http://mikkelthegreat.carbonmade.com AmazingDesign

    So expect Kobe to get about 20 free throws next game, because phil crying about the refs. The only two calls I saw was:

    1. D. Jones for denver tripping Kobe on purpose
    2. Andrew bynum flagrant foul

    hit me up on:


  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    The first team that got blown out in the Conference Finals? The Lakers. Why? ‘Cause they went away from Pau in the second half again…..and let the The Dummy play one on five becasue he was so upset that he got tripped and started that ghey “Ok, Ok, I’m coming now” trying to look hard, with that anfry ferret face, shaking his head, sh*t talking and rooting out his teammates all the while. You ever think that when you’re throwing up incredibly contested j’s with guys wide open on your team that on the defensive end they give just a LITTLE LESS effort. Yeah, you don’t know that….still. You’re a dunce. And your coach, in a roundabout way, let’s you cut your own throat sometimes ’cause you try and create your own script when the one you have already is pretty solid. Just another reason to hate the b*tch, you can’t do Mike….you’re a cheap imitation.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    *because, angry

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    And I’m wondering how many hours it will be before someone is posting the next “It’s The Most Defining Game In Kobe’s Career” piece again speaking on Game 5. Lebron needs one written for his teams Game 4.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Homecourt doesn’t seem to matter much in this series, does it? Look for Denver to win game 5 in LA and LA to win game 6 in Denver. I’m still afraid to touch game 7. Don’t wanna jinx it for the Nuggets.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    And yes, we all know already, Lebron sucks. So there’s that.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Moose in da house.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Eboy, no offense, but MJ chose to shoot contested jumpers or circus shots rather than feed the open man VERY often as well. Granted, he WAS better at it, but still.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Aww, didn’t get to see Kobe’s jutting his jaw out faux-scary look last night. Was so looking forward to it.

  • drjai24

    y does everybody hate kobe i need an answer????.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    drjai, because his awkward, annoying and arrogant personality makes you want to rip your own fingernails out in rage. He is a pretty good basketball player though

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    drjai24:Because he inexplicably tries to mold his game after the best player to ever play basketball.What an annoying and ridiculous thing to do.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Hisham: No, he didn’t.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Hisham, MJ made a habit of that long before the triangle was implemented in Chicago. Once it was, and they started to win titles, Mike’s ballhogging ways were seen periodically. Pau is the key. He needs to gain some power from Bean. Like Scottie did with Mike. Like Shaq did with Kobe. It’s a process.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I’m sorry, maybe it was my teenage perception of Jordan, but most of Jordan’s circus shots, in my recollection, came in the open court where he was ahead of everyone else. Jordan could have pulled back and settled for a better shot, but that’s nitpicky. I’m not saying Kobe is Iverson-like stalling the offense, controlling the ball and forcing shots, but MY COLLECTION of Jordan was that his offense was a little quicker, and a little smarter.

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    I wonder if Izzo has lost his ability to NOT be sarcastic yet. Because I’m afraid he’s getting there.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Go E !!! :)

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    Eboy I agree that he did tone it down a lot (a whole lot) in his championship/triangle days. But it was still there from time to time.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @drjai24: Maybe because this complacency and sense of entitlement that permeates this Laker team can, and I’m really sad to say this, only come from one source – the top, namely, Kobe or Phil? This… a championship team? They’re a joke compared to the 2000-2003 Shaq-led Laker teams, who *clinically* took out lesser opponents on both ends of the floor, instead of dozing around and waiting to turn it on 4 or 5 games into the series. I’ve been a Kobe fan for a decade (that’s his entire career) but this champions-elect attitude I totally cannot stand.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    drjai24: It’s an endless cycle now. I hate Kobe because it seems that every Kobe lover hates Lebron and bashes Lebron, who I hate. They claim that they only hate Lebron because all the people who hate Lebron love Kobe. It’s a vicious continuation of hate.
    Also, Kobe is a ballhog r@pist.

  • Eric

    LeBron is good, don’t get me wrong.
    But the way he is playing now shows us that he and the cavs are overrated…

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I watched Pro’s vs. Joe’s last night, and to see Shawn Kemp, Ron Harper and Robert Horry, all carrying an extra 30 to 80 lbs is astounding, since they were all in great shape in their primes. Also, they still kicked the sh*t out of the Joe’s that were on the show, so that was gangsta.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    If someone can convice me that letting Kobe freelance with his terrible jumper selection is better than letting Pau still get his late in a game they trailed by double figures (last night) I’ll back off a bit on my Kobe hate. Anyone want to protect the Conquering Zero?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Perhaps the Cavs are overrated but Lebron? What?

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Eboy: You can’t tell me that, if the Cavaliers lose, your opinion of Lebron will drop a bit, just like the way your opinion of Kobe dropped when they lost to the Celtics.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    It won’t, because Lebron is trying to do EVERYTHING to get his team to a win (any win at this point)…..he’s not just taking what’s being given to him, which is what Kobe did last year. There’s a difference.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Eboy: I don’t think so. He’s missing free-throws, he’s taking ill-advised contested three-point shots, he’s (much like the rest of the team) STILL running down the center of the floor during transition instead of running with his man to the three point line.
    He needs to step up.
    He also needs to guard Hedo in the 4th. Hedo’s not going to get those wimpy little touch foul calls if Lebron’s guarding him. I know that’s the Grimace’s doing, but Lebron’s gotta call for it.

  • ron

    Let’s see if KB and Pau could beat the new bad boys with their old triangle offence(without the 3-pointers).

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Thank you.

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great


  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Silly people say silly sh*t.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Nice, intelligent rebuttal Eboy.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    BOOO HOOO. U guys have freakin KOBE! the beneficiary of the second most toich fouls in the game. obviously bron is first but the Lake sho usually get the majority of the calls

  • The Wize

    If lebron doesn’t make the finals then Iverson did more with less.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I’m still waiting for someone to try and defend Kobe’s shoot for it all strategy instead of sharing it with Pau late game. Still no takers, huh?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Are you seriously blaming this loss on Kobe, when time and time again Bynum, Odom and Pau could not rebound the ball, Kobe played a good game shot around 50%, went to the free throw line, Offensive rebounding lost that game for the Lakers, that’s it, nothing else. Pau does not step up for the ball, or want it to me in tough situations, plenty of times he just sits there and instead of using his dribbling skills, he just shoots. The big man are getting out played by Denver. Kobe could have brought them back in they would have rebounded the ball. When Lakers lose its Kobe, nope the Big man always play samll Odom 1 for 8, Kenyon Martin is shooting better than him and he can’t shoot.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Well considering that A) Neither player was in the game until around the 6 min mark and B) Kobes being a guard who controls the ball makes for quicker shots when facing such a large deficit than posting up Pau every time, who while efficient from the field, apparantly isnt to be depended on from the line. and C) Kobe actually made many of those shots he took down the stretch and got to the line….then it wasnt exactly a death knell for this team. Perhaps both players couldve done their thing if Phil had put them in earlier when the lead was smaller. But when youre down big and dont have much time, running the ball through the post isnt exactly time efficient. More pick n rolls or pick n pops? Sure, but again, look at the coach, not the player. Or maybe look at every other player on the team besides those two who shot like a combined 8 for a million.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    And I have to agree with Jukai. He gave you a sound rebuttal and you completely sidestepped that one. Oh well, off to work.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Oh fu* you Myles and your sound logic.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    It must have really hurt Myles Brown to say that, but I guess his hatred for Eboy is actually boiling over to the point where he has to agree with me.

  • belloblock

    kobe DOES NOT get all the calls

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I would have put a smiley face next to it, Myles, but you wouldn’t have seen the comment until 3:00p this afternoon then.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Phil has issues with his rotations. Luke walton and sasha on the court at the same time automatically sucks.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Isn’t it funny how a Hall of Fame coach and the Coach of the Year are both killing their respective 65+ win teams in the playoffs?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Odom, Pau and Bynum, are killing the Lakers.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Williams and West, are killing the Cavs.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    The Seed: I don’t think Pau is killing the Lakers. He’s always doing good in the first half then they seem to go away from him. The games they have won, Gasol has been a major part of the team. Phil needs to recognize this and make him a greater part of the team.
    Odom and Bynum have never played well together so I don’t see why it is a surprise that they aren’t playing well together.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe and Lebron should just take less money and play together, because the cast around them are getting on my nerves. Can any role player step up for them, so they won’t have to carry the load–NO, answered it myself.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    The Seed: Defense is killing the Cavaliers. There have been plenty of nights that Williams and West absolutely SUCKED, but it didn’t matter, because the Cavalier defense destroyed any opponent. Now that the Cavalier defense is failing them, people are beginning to see how miserable the offense has been. Massive offensive changes are in order, yet the Cavaliers have been playing the SAME defense for the past three games. It’s insulting, really.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    But yeah, if Odom, Bynum, West, and Williams would shoot over 30%, I guess that would help too.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Jukai, I can agree with his offense, but Odom, Pau and Bynum got out rebounded, which to me cost the lakers the game, everytime the Lakers got close, offensive rebound, second shot. Lakers need rebounding. Then Pau can get off on the offensive part.

  • http://twitter.com/TH3_R3AL_CHRIS Young Chris MP3

    Of course he wants more free throws. Aside from the Nuggets collapse in games 1 and 3, the free throw discrepancy allowed the Lakers to win both games.

  • http://lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    White Hot, great Kobe synopsis. Bitter, but on point.

  • tenorca

    Just thought I’d mention the Lakers enjoyed a 45-31 free throw advantage in Game 3. So, please Phil, allow me to not take you seriously. Your team needs a heart transplant.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy


  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Phil will demand to be traded in the off-season.

  • Rome

    “They’re a joke compared to the 2000-2003 Shaq-led Laker teams, who *clinically* took out lesser opponents on both ends of the floor, instead of dozing around and waiting to turn it on 4 or 5 games into the series.”

    Those teams constantly were on the brink of getting beat except in the finals when Shaq ould go nuts, but kobe, fisher, fox, shaw, and horry bailed them out several times..

  • breeze

    i think the lakers are only comiitted when thier something on the line…ike it was no sense of urgency and they pratically didnt have the same drive..its nothing to do with nothing else

  • http://twitter.com/TH3_R3AL_CHRIS Young Chris MP3

    Truth is, Both the Lakers and Cavs should have been swept. Neither team has played better than Denver/Orlando. Denver beat themselves in games 1 and 3 (missing free throws in the opener and open jumpers in game 3, allowing the Lakers to capitalize by going to the line at every possession in the final five minutes of regulation both games. Cleveland got lucky on a miracle three from Lebron).

  • http://twitter.com/TH3_R3AL_CHRIS Young Chris MP3

    And breeze, this Lakers squad isn’t good enough to have that mentality. That’s the mentality Shaq and Kobe used to have, but they were Shaq and Kobe. This is Kobe and a bunch of soft, heartless role-players and secondary stars who Dirk out in clutch situations (Lamar and Pau)

  • Stan

    I remember a time when charging calls were about 2 per game, it’s disappointing to see how many charge calls are called these days. The problem with the referees is that they were never nba players. If bill laimbeer, rick mahorn, and sir charles became referees after their playing careers, games would have 12 fouls called consistently, and maybe 1 charging foul. What you have is steve jabbie, elmer fudd, and whoever else is calling the game thinking that a body check is a foul because they were never in that position. have you guys ever called a body check foul on the playground and still get invited to play the next game? Referees should at least be a college player to pass as an nba referee!!! Shaq should never be called for a charging foul ever.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Dang Stan! I was wit ya until your last sentence…

  • Charita

    Uhh just saying don’t they get unfair calls like all the time…..I guess Stern turned in early with his Ovaltine and Oreos and the Bat phone never rang for them to win.

  • http://www.youtube.com The Promise

    This is getting so old.. Every team thinks they’re gettin screwed, when they really aint. the refs are calling to many fouls on EVERYBODY, thats the problem. I dont see any bias out there, theres just not a good defintion of what a foul is, period, not just in the game last night. So many calls are made out of anticipation, and so, when they expect a foul to happen, and it doesnt, but yet they blow the whistle anyway, thats where the whining starts. Maybe the refs need to wait just a split second after the contact and quickly detirmine if it was a foul. I beleive that would lower some of the blown calls and the postgame crying..

  • Stan

    If small players can use their speed, big players should be able to use their size. I’m not saying Shaq could run over everyone but when he’s backing down, he should not be called for a charge. The other team should have a player big enough or strong enough to stand ground and prevent shaq from backing them down. If they don’t have one then they hack a shaq.

  • t4inc

    Difference between MJ and Kobe:

    MJ: Made moves to get himself easier baskets.
    Kobe: Made moves to make him look good so people would compare him to MJ.

    MJ rarely settled for what the defense gave him; he’d try to squeeze whatever advantage he could to get the best shot possible, hence his greater efficiency (as borne-out by the statistics). Kobe, meanwhile, tries all these ridiculous shots almost as if he wants to see whether he can make them and so his “fans” can ooh and ah.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I’m just going to throw this out there….it’s probably neither the right time nor place but….

    What are the chances that Kobe leaves LA if they don’t get a ring this year? Will he want out?

  • http://myspace.com/2grownup2beshownup Jack

    Of course the Fakers are upset at the fact that they shot less free throws, they’re the Fakers! They’re supposed to be favoured by the refs! Might I add that Kobe still shot 13 freebies, more than anyone on the Nuggets by at least 2. It’s called playoff basketball Phil, harden the f*ck up. Of course you’re bound to have less free throws when you get outrebounded by 18! I always said that this guy isn’t as good as people think, anyone would be good if they inheritites MJ-Pippen or Kobe-Shaq. Phil’s just bitbh!n cos he didn’t get looked after.

  • bulldog

    Blah-blah-blah. Ohhhh Kobe sucks….Ohhh the Lakers suck….You gotta love that sarcastic play on words – The FAKERS. That is so damn clever- How original. Never heard that one before. Kobe not as good as people think? Hilarious. The series is tied and the Lakers have two games out of three on their home court. Ok, that means Kobe is going to leave L.A. right? Makes perfectly good sense to me. Because it is common knowledge that unless the Lakers go UNDEFEATED in the postseason they absolutely do not have championship caliber. Just like the Celtics did last postseason, right? They went UNDEFEATED. Because the New England Patriots proved that UNDEFEATED is the only way to win a championship. That’s the blueprint to success. Someone actually said that Kobe Bryant is a “cheap imitation of Michael Jordan?” We’re talking Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, right? Hmmm- so insightful- Who could argue with that logic? Sooo.. Lebron James, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Domonique Wilkens, etc. These guys are all scrubs – fugazis. Correct? Oh, make no mistake about it. The Lakers chose to mail that last game in- a dissapointing effort. In a 7 game series the better team will win. Maybe the Lakers will win. Maybe the Lakers won’t. But please don’t insult our intelligence by crowing that old tired “Fakers” chant – And the officiating? – That can best be summed up by the old Benny Hill tune “Yakety Sax”. Just play that as the soundtrack. (see Dwight Howard technical foul. No, it’s not a conspiracy – it’s INCOMPETENCY. Yeah, yeah it’s all part of the game, shut up and play, etc. Let’s see if we get the same home cooking tonight. Should be interesting. Especially with that scrub we have playing for us, the legendary Kobe Bryant. Give me a personal break.

  • bakers’ dozen

    Nuggs by 12 tonight. Kobe to cry ‘FOUL’ afterwards.

  • http://http//www.youtube.com The Promise

    bulldog: Nobody is calling Kobe a scrub man. People are saying that he gets too many calls, and they are begging ESPN analysts to stop comparing him to Jordan.

  • http://www.qualifiedengineer.com Qualified Engineer

    The Qualified Engineer says that Phil’s loyalty to Dfish is hurting the Lakers. Forget the silly cries for more fouls, the refs have lost their way.

    The Qualified Engineer suggests that Phil shouldn’t anger the refs with post game comments to the media, the are humans and are very flawed.

    The Qualified Engineer says Phil needs to recognize who is sitting on the bench and coach accordingly. The current roster doesn’t have the mental toughness to play themselves out of a whole. they need guidance, the need the occasional a$$ chewing.

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