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Pau Gasol Thinks Phil Jackson Wants To Be ‘A Guy That Calls The Shots’

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Besides Kobe Bryant and Jordan Farmar, Pau Gasol is the only Laker left from the 2009-2010 back-to-back championship teams. Gasol was an instrumental part of Phil Jackson’s triangle offense and helped the team to three straight Finals. Gasol and Jackson had always had a strong relationship and still stay in contact even though Jackson is no longer the coach. With Jackson being linked to the New York Knicks front office, Gasol offered some thoughts on what position he thinks Jackson will want.

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Gasol told ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin that he does not believe Jackson would want to be just a consultant:

Jackson was recently a consultant for the Detroit Pistons but his role was not known beyond that capacity. Many believe that the Knicks are trying to use Jackson to lure big name free agents as well as help convince Carmelo Anthony to stay in New York. Pau, however, believes otherwise.

Gasol told McMenamin that he doesn’t see Jackson as a recruiter:

Jackson seems to be looking for a role similar to Pat Riley’s with the Miami Heat, where he would have the ability to control player personnel and other basketball related activities. While many Laker fans have called for Jackson to return as coach, that possibility seems to be unrealistic at this point.

Jackson is expected to make his announcement in the coming week and it will be interesting to see if he takes a job with another team while being engaged to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.
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  • Brian Grant

    I have this theory as to why the FO picked D’Antoni over PJ. If it is realy true that Dr. Buss picked D’Antoni as his final goodbye FO decision, then I think it was in his way to throw his kids into the deep end, and see if they could swim. Because isn’t that the easiest way to teach a kid how to swim? I think this was a test to see how his kids could get along, how they can work together, and how they can start a new beginning into their own legacy. IMO if they just went straight with PJ, then I think the media would still label this decision as a Dr. Buss decision and not a Jim Buss decision. But with all the bad things going on, the injuries, and having D’Antoni around, I think it buries Jim, and it sees if he can fight through the adversity to realize he can find his own winning solution, and not his dad’s winning solution.

    • comrade24

      possibly, but wrong time to try and reinvent the wheel. you have an aging superstar who’s chasing history and trying to cement his legacy. Wrong time for a rebuild. Maybe Phil will get hired in NY and then we can sign and trade Jim Buss lol jk

      • Brian Grant

        The smartest last move for Dr. Buss should of been to have Jeannie running the shot! Bet we would have PJ and no one vetoing our trades!

    • Marty Susman

      I am not so sure about what Dr. Buss wanted “BUT” Jimmy boy is truly in DEEP SHIT…..He has already made a monster of a mistake giving Lobe $48,000,000 & Kobe showed his greed by foxing those dollars at the expense of the team & it’s future. (I guess the divorce cots big bucks)

  • ra

    If Dr. Buss really made the coach decision, then there’s an outside chance that he was making sure the deck wasn’t stacked on Jeanie’s side (with Jeanie, and Phil running things), rather than playing things equally (Jim & Jeanie were supposed to have some form of equal inheritance, and if Dr. Buss gave the basketball operations to Jim, but hired Phil, then Jeanie would have as much a say in how basketball things are run (specifically).

    But in truth, it appeared as though D’Antoni was the choice to ‘possibly’ resurrect some form of Showtime (with Steve Nash running the run & gun), and it would make sense that Dr. Buss wanted to see that in his last ‘years’. The fact that it didn’t turn into that, may have even caused a more rapid decline in Dr. Buss’s health. DH didn’t work out, Nash was injured, etc. It was a bad year overall, and things didn’t work out as expected.

    I don’t think Dr. Buss would make a coaching choice to ‘see how it turned out’, and how his kids would make things work out. That’s too much of a risk for a world class poker player.

  • truth24

    Too many laker fans are easily sold on these fake injuries! Someone comes back one goes down give me a fucking break been happening most of the season . All of a sudden most of the guys are back but they all suck. This past seasons has turned into nothing but a fucking soap opera. I’m not buying it. People are so gullible

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