Tag:Phil Jackson
Posted on: January 22, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 3:38 pm

Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson agrees with his girlfriend, Jeanie Buss, on the idea of NBA contraction. Posted by Ben Golliver. jeanie-buss

Back on Thursday, we noted a report that Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president for busineses affairs Jeanie Buss said that she believed the NBA needed to consider contraction, eliminating a few lesser-profitable teams so that the league as a whole would be in better financial shape.

Asked by ESPNLA.com for his reaction to the comments, Lakers coach and Buss' boyfriend Phil Jackson first blamed NBA commissioner David Stern for the idea and then took it a step further, suggesting that reducing the NBA from 30 teams to 24 teams sounded good to him.
"I think that's what the commissioner said so I think she's probably parroting what the commissioner said," Jackson said. When asked for his thoughts about contraction, Jackson said, "I will parrot what both of them said" before expanding on the thought.
"I think [the league has] some parameters that they want to meet in some of the markets," Jackson said. "I think they'll set up some goals that way and I think that will be a helpful thing for the league. Taking New Orleans for example, they had to meet a certain number of ticket holders for them to come in the league, so there are some parameters that are important."

"You like to have six in the division and 24 is really a great number [of teams] at one time," Jackson said.
As we noted back on Thursday, these comments from a big-market, high-profile league mainstay are like fingernails on a chalkboard for small-market teams and their employees heading into the labor talks. While contraction is a direct threat to the players' position as it represents a loss of roster spots and jobs, hundreds of other team employees would be looking at job losses as well. In that light, contraction talk is not just owners vs. players, it's rich owners vs. poor owners. 

When push comes to shove, it's unlikely that a majority of NBA owners would support contracting some of their brethren, especially given the ever-present alternatives of relocation and/or new foreign ownership. In the meantime, though, contraction becomes a huge elephant in the room when the owners meet to negotiate with the players, because the owners aren't presenting a unified stance on such a key issue.
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 20, 2011 3:45 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 3:53 pm

Phil Jackson talks media mind games, Miami Heat

Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson explains the mind games he plays in the media. Posted by Ben Golliver. phil-jackson

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson -- the so-called "Zenmaster" -- has been in fine form this season, throwing barbs at his players, opposing coaches and an opposing executive or two even more often than usual. His hitlist so far includes: Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (here), Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy (here), the NBA and its ownership takeover of the New Orleans Hornets (here), Kobe Bryant (here), former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich (here) and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (here). Also, Jackson railed against the NBA playing games on Christmas.

All the one-liners and trash talk, Jackson admitted in an interview transcribed by SportsRadioInterviews.com, are part of a calculated plan to "encourage" the Lakers.
“There is the idea that you can encourage the team through public statements. ... I do sometimes say the most honest thing. … I’ll be very blunt and make a statement that is as true as I can make it. … I think that the press is there for your service as a coach and there’s a message there you can get across.”
In that same vein, Jackson predicted Thursday on LA's 710 AM that the Miami Heat were no match for the Boston Celtics, in comments transcribed by ESPNLA.com.
"I personally don't think they can get by Boston," Jackson said. "I think Boston is too good a team. I think a team is still going to win. "But there's a chance that [the Heat] ... can maybe round themselves into a team by that time and [win].
"Boston is older and they have to go through the rest of the schedule without having some kind of breakdown of players. [Ray] Allen and [Kendrick] Perkins, etc., they are just really a good team.
"But there's nothing like the great athletic skill and dynamism that [James and Wade] have and [Chris] Bosh is a terrific player in his own right. There's no doubt about their individual skills."
The anti-Heat slights fit Jackson's self-described plan for his public statements in multiple ways. As Jackson mentioned, he tries to be brutally honest. Many share his assessment of the Heat and Celtics. Surely, the biggest question mark for Miami this season is whether they can put it together for an extended run in the playoffs given how dependent they are on the Big 3. He's playing on Miami's biggest insecurity, planting or sprinkling water on seeds of doubt.

And, by focusing on Boston's experience and depth, Jackson indirectly a message to his team, which is also experienced and deep, reminding them that those are the qualities that win playoff games. The biggest question for the Lakers always boils down to teamwork and chemistry. Jackson needs his stars, especially Bryant, to forsake some of their individual accomplishments for the good of the team. By slighting the Heat for having that same problem, he encourages the Lakers towards team play and holds them up to the Celtics standard, which is surely fuel for the fire. 

As the playoffs inch closer and the back-and-forth between the contenders ramps up, keep in mind that Jackson is simply following his time-tested playbook for motivational success. The only way to shut him up, of course, is to beat his Lakers.
Posted on: January 13, 2011 9:15 am

Shootaround 1.13.11: Clips win their championship

Posted by Royce Young
  • Maybe Andre Iguodala was rushed back: "Hindsight is 20-20, but had Noch been healthy, maybe Dre could have gotten a few more practices under his belt before he played," Collins told The Philadelphia Inquirer ."
  • Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times: "In an unofficial poll, broadcasters Don MacLean, Michael Eaves and I decided it had to be the greatest quarter in Clippers history. Of course, in other teams' histories, they keep track of seasons, not quarters. After that, what figured to happen, happened. The Heat got control of the runaway Clippers offense, holding them to 24 points in the second quarter and 18 in the third. Midway through the fourth quarter, Miami cut it to 97-95 when James drove, had the ball batted away by Al-Farouq Aminu, fell out of bounds, got up limping, hopped back onto the floor, found himself trapped in the corner with the ball and the 24-second clock running out … and knocked in a three-pointer. Then something amazing happened. The Heat was spent. The Clippers had more left, especially in the way of hunger. So now, as the Clippers look around, who else's world can they shock? Oh, they play the Lakers here Sunday."
  • Bud Shaw of The Plain Dealer: "If you're keeping track of this poker game, LeBron James just saw Dan Gilbert's Hindu reference and raised him a deity. Both messages, Gilbert's and James, were spiteful and self-serving. Both claimed a higher power -- the universe, God -- were doing each's bidding. I wish these guys would agree to a third-party mediation, preferably with Dr. Phil. My guess is Gilbert doesn't mind James' latest shot as much as resentful Cavaliers fans do. James' tweet absorbed some of the anger more deservedly directed at Gilbert's team after the worst performance in franchise history."
  • Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer: "Paul Silas has always had this gift for making people believe in themselves. That’s what’s going on with D.J. Augustin, who needed that more than any Bobcat. So Augustin’s best game as a pro – 22 points, 12 assists and a single turnover against one of the NBA’s best, Derrick Rose, is a direct result of Silas’ psychology."
Posted on: January 6, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 12:33 pm

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy clowns 'Heatles'

Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy takes some digs at the Miami Heat's new "Heatles" nickname. Posted by Ben Golliver. 

Last week, LeBron James let the world know that his Miami Heat team is so awesome and popular that they belong in the same sentence as the biggest band of all time. That's right, James took to calling his team the "Heatles," a play off the hysteria-inducing popularity of the Beatles, because they are able to sell out every venue, even in small-markets that aren't particularly keen on paying to attend professional basketball games.

Informed of the new moniker by the Orlando Sentinel, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy took a few digs at the nickname.
"They're pretty impressed with themselves," Van Gundy said Wednesday. "Maybe some places that's what turns out. I know here it's not. We're selling out no matter who we play, so we don't need to bring them in to get people in our arena. But other places that may the case."
Van Gundy later added: "I'm not disputing that there are some places in the league where they don't draw well and they only come out to see the [ Los Angeles] Lakers and the Heat and things like that. That may be true in some places, but it's not true here. They're not raising our attendance."
Van Gundy hasn't always handled himself perfectly in the media this year, as his outburst over some comments Phil Jackson made him sound whiny and petulant. Here, though, Van Gundy plays beautifully on the Heatles' big flaw: the Heat haven't always sold out their home games, and their fans don't always show up. 

In the process of making his point that the Magic take care of their business in that regard, Van Gundy is elevating Magic fans above the average, indirectly drawing a divide between "real basketball fans" and "casual fans who show up for the scene." Any time a head coach can clown the Miami Heat and pay tribute to the loyalty and consistency of his own fans in one sentence, that's an opportunity that can't be missed.
Posted on: January 5, 2011 4:05 pm

Phil Jackson's response to Cuban's 'boy toy' line

Posted by Royce Young

As Mark Cuban tends to do, yesterday the Dallas Maverick owner said something that caught people's attention. This time it happened to be about Laker head coach Phil Jackson, who had recently commented that Cuban's Mavericks could be in trouble after the loss of Caron Butler.

Cuban said, "I love that Jeanie Buss’ boy toy had something to say about us,” Cuban said while sweating on the stair-stepping machine in the Mavs’ workout room. “I don’t know if it was his thought or Jeanie’s thought, but it’s nice to know that she lets him speak in public about other teams.”

Boom. Roasted.

But Jackson, who has done his fair share of subtle ripping and lobbing word grenades, had a comeback. After hearing what Cuban said, Jackson told reporters, “I love it. I consider myself an old man. I’m a boy toy? That’s terrific.”

You're also an 11-time NBA champion, which is pretty terrific as well.

Buss said, "It's like saying, 'Let's make fun of Phil,' like, 'You're old' or 'You're tall.' It's like, 'That's all you can come up with?' ... I got a kick out of it, but maybe Mark just did it to make me giggle. I am Madonna now and Phil is my boy toy."

While the exchange was done (hopefully) in good fun, I do find Cuban's cut-down to be a bit odd. I mean that's kind of mean, isn't it? But Jackson just let it roll off his back. Took it as a compliment in fact. Which is a good way to go about things. And easy to do when you've got that championship trump card in your pocket.

Via Dime
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:51 am
Edited on: January 5, 2011 1:09 pm

Shootaround 1.5.11: Love and loathing

Banning bourree, Gilbert and J.J. are pale riders, and Kevin Love doesn't exactly sound set for the long-term in Minnesota, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore
  • Just in case you missed it, O.J. Mayo appears to not have the best head on his shoulders, as he started an altercation with Tony Allen, which Allen then promptly finished by pummeling the third-year guard. No disciplinary action has been leveed against either player, and none is expected to be. The NBA has got to step in and ban gambling on planes. It's unfortunate that the players have to be treated like children but given the history of incidents stemming from gambling fights over bourree, there's simply no excuse not to ban it. 
  • The Warriors waived Rodney Carney. You know how good the Warriors' offense is? they just cut a guy shooting 46% from 3-point land. They're bleeding shooters. Not as much as they're bleeding on defense, but still. 
  • Lost in the talk of Love, Rose, and Westbrook joining up was this choice quote from Love's SI interview: "We'll see what happens with what David Kahn and the front office want to do," Love said. "If it's right, it's right. If it's not, it's not. I could end up somewhere else. I just want to play for a team that wants to win at this point. At this point, I just want to win now." Now, Wolves fans will say that this is they typical New York media (I'm not) talking about a star ditching his team (I'm not), despite the fact that he's starting to have success in Minnesota (he's not). Love's relationship with the front office has been strained since the installation of David Kahn and Kurt Rambis, and just because he's getting minutes, that's probably not enough to satisfy Love. Love's got quite the history of comments about a distrust with the front office.
  • Udonis Haslem is pushing for a March return . An issue to consider is whether Haslem will be able to effectively work his way into the rotation in time for the playoffs. If the Heat are (still) rolling, there's no reason to disrupt a lineup rotation that's working.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:30 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 11:43 pm

Jackson and Artest have 'direct' confrontation

Posted by Royce Young

When the Lakers lose, things start getting snippy. And weird.

First was the apparent skirmish with words between Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson through a couple odd quotes. Now, it's a small dust-up between Jackson and Ron Artest. Via Yahoo! Sports:
At a recent practice, league sources said, Artest loudly confronted Jackson. As he tried to fit into the defending champions a season ago and earn his way, Artest grudgingly went along with Jackson’s public floggings. This season, Artest has less tolerance for it. Essentially, Artest told Jackson that if he wants to coach him, coach him. Just stop embarrassing him in public.
Jackson acknowledged the confrontation but said using the word "loudly" was inaccurate, instead saying it was "direct." He also added that his relationship with Artest is completely fine.

Jackson addressed the situation Tuesday:
“It was not a loud confrontation it was a man-to-man confrontation. It was obviously out of character for that to happen at practice and for Ron. And it was not about embarrassing him in public, it was about some of the issues that have been brought up that were focused about him.

It’s nothing more than what could normally happen in a practice. And obviously there is a spy or a cam or a leak or something that went on in our practice, but those are the things that happen in practice. It was not the first time and it’s not going to be the last.

Ron came in and apologized not only to me but in front of the team for what he said was a distraction at practice. That was his own desire to do that, I didn’t even solicit it from him."
Again, when a team that's used to lots and lots of success starts losing, things get chippy. Tension rises. Small quibbles between players or coaches seem to rise to the surface. Winning makes everyone feel appreciated.

After the Lakers rip off five or six straight everyone will be best friends again. But right now, fingers are being pointed, criticism is going public and the Lakers look like they're near a blow-up. Sometimes though, this sort of thing is good for a team to go through. Especially one that has two straight titles in their back pocket. Sometimes a little kick in the pants is needed to get everyone going.

Between Kobe and Phil's jabs, the iPhone malfunction, Kobe's public frustration and now this, something has got to give in L.A. And if we've learned anything about the will and mettle of the Lakers, it will.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:59 pm

Report: Apple iPhone glitch gets three Lakers

Posted by Royce Young

If it looked like the Lakers were a bit lethargic in their 104-89 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday, it's because some of them actually were a little weary-eyed. As in maybe they just woke up.

A team official told ESPN.com that at least three Lakers, including Pau Gasol, were victims of Apple's now famous iPhone/iPod glitch that caused the alarm function to not work. As a result, Gasol entirely missed the team's shootaround and the two others (one was Luke Walton) were late.

Mentioned in the report is that Gasol's absence just added to Kobe Bryant's current frustration with the team, highlighting a perceived lack of committment and focus from the two-time champs. The loss to the Grizzlies made it fourth out of six in the loss column for the Lakers.

Gasol had 10 points, eight rebounds and five turnovers with no assists in 32 minutes. After the loss the Memphis was when a lot of the barbs between Phil Jackson and Kobe started getting tossed around.

One of the complaints from Jackson was how Gasol wasn't involved enough in the offense in the second half. Maybe the reason he didn't get more involved was because he wasn't totally awake during the game.

Right now, the Lakers are going through the motions and just kind of expecting to get by each night because of talent. They don't have the same commitment to the defensive end that made them champions and Kobe is trying to do way too much.

It really looks like the Lakers need a pretty good wake-up call. Better to use something other than an iPhone for it though, I think.
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