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.
April 18, 2010 |
The Lakers are entering the postseason for the 56th time in their history. Will it be their last with Phil Jackson? Among the many story lines as the playoffs begin — Can Kobe Bryant win a fifth championship ring? Can the Lakers win their 16th title to move within one of the Boston Celtics — is whether Jackson will come back next season. The Lakers' coach has dropped hints that he might be done, particularly if he can't get messages through to players or if the Lakers don't come close to repeating as champions.
June 6, 2013 |
Phil Jackson's book tour continues on Wednesday with "An Evening With Phil Jackson in Conversation With John Salley. " Hosted by the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Jackson will discuss his memoir, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. " Jackson writes about his formative years with the New York Knicks, his run of six titles with the Chicago Bulls and his two sets of championship teams with the Lakers. Salley played for Jackson with the Lakers and Bulls. The event is part of a series produced by "Live Talks," an organization that brings together authors, artists, leaders, musicians, scientists and business leaders throughout venues in Los Angeles. Previous discussions include Tina Fey talking with Steve Martin, Harry Belafonte with Tim Robbins, Burt Bacharach with Mitch Albom and Amy Poehler with Jane Lynch.
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.
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...
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.
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.
March 4, 2014 |
When the Lakers hired Coach Mike D'Antoni in November 2012, they made their decision soon after an interview with Phil Jackson. Jackson expected to have the opportunity to either accept or reject the position, but the Lakers chose to go in a completely different direction. In an interview with USA Today , Jackson said he believes the final say came down to the team's then-owner, the late Jerry Buss. "When I left [the interview], [Lakers owner/executive] Jimmy [Buss] was pretty happy about it and [General Manager]