Sunday , Sep , 09 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Phil Jackson, Like Kobe Bryant, Planning Exit From L.A. Lakers?

Open the dictionary, look up the word dysfunctional, and a picture of the Lakers will surely appear. Coach Jackson can have an opinion, but he must keep his opinion private and can’t publicly call-out a front office executive …

Never one to side-step controversy, Phil Jackson recently discussed the state of the Lakers as he was being inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame:

On the club’s lack of off-season moves:

"We were promised by Jim Buss we’d have big changes. We’ve yet to see that. We’re still looking for that."

On Andrew Bynum ‘s progress:

"There’s incredible pressure for that kid to step up and produce this year. He hasn’t had the kind of success that generates the kind of press he’s had."

On Kobe Bryant’s relationship with the Lakers:

"I think actions are going to have to speak louder than words. It’s going to take some mending and other people in this organization have to be part of it."

My Quick Take: These quotes are from Bill Plaschke’s Friday article in the L.A. Times. Plaschke is a great reporter. Check out his work in the Times’ sports section.

Open the dictionary, look up the word dysfunctional, and a picture of will surely appear. Jackson can have an opinion, but he must keep his opinion private and can’t publicly call-out a front office executive.

Forget that Buss is a terrible judge of talent. Forget that Jackson is right, the purple-and-gold haven’t improved during the off-season. Zen-master Phil is employed by the Lakers, not . He can’t undercut his bosses. He can’t humiliate ; after all, it’s not the young center’s fault he wasn’t traded for Jason Kidd.

But Plaschke’s article raises a good point. Jackson, like Bryant, is thinking short-term.  The Hall of Fame coach only has a year remaining on his contract with the Lakers and it sounds like he’s already half-way out the door.

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