May 16, 2013 |
It took some time for former Lakers' coach Phil Jackson to learn how to communicate with Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest). "My major concern about Ron was whether he could learn the triangle offense fast enough. Like Dennis Rodman, Ron had a hard time staying focused," writes Jackson in his upcoming memoir, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. " World Peace joined the Lakers for the 2009-10 season, ultimately helping the team win the title over the Boston Celtics.
June 5, 2009 |
Wait, which one was supposed to be Superman? Kobe Bryant, not Dwight Howard, was the one weaving his way through the defense, scoring at will, and pushing his team to a decisive Game 1 victory Thursday in the NBA Finals. Bryant scored 40 points, more than he ever had in the Finals, and stole Howard's heroic moniker for at least one night as the Lakers blew past the Orlando Magic, 100-75, at Staples Center. As for Howard, Orlando's gregarious center, somebody obviously stepped on his cape.
May 17, 2013 |
Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson visited Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show" on Thursday night to promote his upcoming book "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. " Jackson described his brief flirtation with returning to the Lakers early in the season. "They fired the coach, Mike Brown," said Jackson. "I had no idea they were going to come after me, but Jeanie [Buss] comes home and she says, 'Will you talk to my brother. '" Jim Buss runs the Lakers' basketball operations department while his sister Jeanie, also Jackson's fiancee, is in charge of the team's business operations.
June 17, 2013 |
Phil Jackson and Jerry West did not have a strong relationship when the two were with the Lakers. Speaking at the Alex Theatre in Glendale at his "Live Talks Los Angeles" event last week, Jackson gave his account of the time he asked West to leave the Lakers' locker room. Without saying which game (it's believed to be during the Western Conference Finals against Portland Trail Blazers in 2000), Jackson felt his team needed a serious talk after a difficult night. "The Lakers were really struggling, not enjoying playing together," said Jackson.
April 21, 2014 |
Phil Jackson made his first big move since becoming president of the New York Knicks last month -- he fired coach Mike Woodson and the rest of the coaching staff. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff,” Jackson said in a news release Monday announcing the move. “The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond.
January 9, 2013 |
According to Chris Sheridan , Phil Jackson will not return as coach this season. "I have no intention of ever coaching again," said Jackson told SheridanHoops.com. Jackson and the Lakers briefly discussed a third partnership before the team turned instead to hire Mike D'Antoni. While Jackson never explicitly stated he would re-join the Lakers if offered the position, people close to Jackson at the time believed he would. More recently, Jackson gave Lakers executive Jeanie Buss an engagement ring. Buss sent out a picture of the ring on Twitter, although a wedding date has not been announced.
January 11, 2013 |
Sorry, Lakers fans. You can't have Phil. Despite the reappearance of chants for Phil Jackson at Lakers games, Mike D'Antoni is still their coach. And will be in the future. " 'WE WANT PHIL' is not going to happen," Jackson said in an e-mail to The Times. Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Lakers have D'Antoni under contract for two more seasons and $8 million. Mike Brown, fired in November after a 1-4 start, is owed an additional $6 million after this season. That's $14 million for D'Antoni and Brown until 2015.
September 10, 2013 |
The Lakers may be fictionalized. According to Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.com , television network Showtime is "developing a one-hour scripted drama set behind the scenes of a pro basketball team and the family that runs it. " Jeanie Buss and Linda Rambis are behind the project through their production company, Street Reason Entertainment. Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and current assistant coach Kurt Rambis will also reportedly be...
October 25, 2013 |
Phil Jackson may be coming to terms with the idea that he is done coaching in the NBA. "I'm realistically thinking about the fact that I probably won't be able to physically coach again," Jackson said on "The Seth Davis Show. " The interview with the former Lakers coach is scheduled to run in two parts on Oct. 28 and Nov. 1 via the website CampusInsiders.com . Jackson won five championships as head coach of the Lakers. He also won six in Chicago with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
March 19, 2014 |
On Tuesday, the New York Knicks introduced Phil Jackson as president. Later that night, Jeanie Buss, the Lakers co-owner and executive who is Jackson's fiancée, said the Lakers didn't have a job for him. "He was not offered any official position," said Buss on " Access SportsNet " on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. "There were a lot of Laker functions that Phil was with me, because he was there to support me in no official capacity....