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Kobe Bryant: ‘It Would Be Tough’ To See Phil Jackson Join The Knicks Reviewed by Momizat on . Although they got off to a rough start in their relationship, Kobe Bryant has developed a love and respect over the years for Phil Jackson. Bryant trusts Jackso Although they got off to a rough start in their relationship, Kobe Bryant has developed a love and respect over the years for Phil Jackson. Bryant trusts Jackso Rating: 0
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Kobe Bryant: ‘It Would Be Tough’ To See Phil Jackson Join The Knicks

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Although they got off to a rough start in their relationship, Kobe Bryant has developed a love and respect over the years for Phil Jackson.

Bryant trusts Jackson like no one else, and it is no secret that Bryant would love to see Jackson with the Lakers in some capacity.

According to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters, Bryant is having a tough time accepting the thought of Phil Jackson becoming President of the New York Knicks:

This is obviously a personal issue for Bryant, and the respect and admiration he has for Jackson plays into his feelings on the subject.

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While some believe Jackson is simply using this Knicks job as leverage with the Lakers, he is still expected to accept the front office position with the Knicks.

Bryant has said that a Lakers turnaround has to start at the top with Jim and Jeanie Buss, and then work its way down the rest of the organization.

With Bryant not looking for a rebuild in his last two years, it makes perfect sense that he would prefer Jackson to be with the Lakers than any other organization.
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Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • Jim213

    Bet many Bulls fans felt the same way back then but aside of being business he’s been available for this franchise for sometime tho they seem to be going a different path (FO).

    • Jess Navarro

      Bulls fans surely felt that way as Jackson being the one who gave them multiple championships but I’m not sure if he was dating Jerry Reinsdorf’s daughter.

  • Tina Moran

    Wouldn’t that be a conflict of interest? It would be difficult to focus on building up the Knicks while giving advice to Jeanie Buss? It’s like working with Ronald McDonald while engaged to Jack in the Box.

    • Jess Navaroo

      or more precisely, Jack’s daughter

  • purp&goldpride

    No one understands it kobe, especially if you have him right in your back pocket. Part of the Lakers problem is to much turnover. Instead of doing what the spurs have mastered, their constantly changing players, coach’s etc. Could have brought back Phil if they were going to continue to keep kobe past his current contract. And dare I say we probably could of kept Dwight also. No body wants to play for d’antoni, players would flock to play for Phil just off mystic alone. Now phil goes to NY, and they also HAVE CAP SPACE in 2015. Jim is dumber than a box of rocks.

  • Daryl Peek

    “The source claims that reports of Jackson being offered an annual salary of $12 million are erroneous and that Jackson could be looking at a deal that pays him in excess of $15 million. The person close to Jackson also indicated that the two sides have had preliminary discussions about Jackson possibly owning a minority stake in the team.

    There have been reports of Jackson being close to an agreement with the Knicks, but there is also a belief that Jackson is trying to get the Lakers to make a play for his services, too.” –From another LN article

    If this is true and you know anything about what Dr. Buss’s wishes were, you’d know Phil is gone to NY. Dr. Buss would never give Phil any of that! I don’t know how many times I’ve told the story of Dr. Buss flat out saying he would not give Phil a FO/shares stake in the Lakers.

    “Even when Dr. Buss was fighting his illness he was involved in every decision” –Jeanie Buss

    Both Jeanie and Phil said Dr. Buss made the decision on MDA over Phil. Why do they need to lie about that? Jimmy is keeping his fathers wishes and Jeanie said as much this summer when she alluded to Dr. Buss’s plan.

  • truth24

    Clearly hiring that dumb ass coach was a mistake even if dr.buss was alive he would admit so himself. Lakers already got there ass beaten badly by the clippers which probably would have pissed dr.buss off by now. Fuck the bs and just give Phil some power so Lakers can get back to elite status. Im tired of Jim buss acquiring all these chumps. We’ve been so prone to getting top notch players with playoff experience etc instead where settling for these dleague players others teams didn’t want. Suns where not stupid they know what the fuck they where letting go now all these wack laker fans are on marshall nuts like he’s gonna be the future. Fuck no I say get Lowry or Bledsoe once we get the chance. We need speed and athleticism players who can flat out ball play some d and attack the paint.

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