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Phil Jackson Does Not See Reason for Howard to Stay in L.A. Reviewed by Momizat on . The Los Angeles Lakers' first priority this off-season will be to re-sign Dwight Howard for the longterm, but 11-time champion Phil Jackson does not see a reaso The Los Angeles Lakers' first priority this off-season will be to re-sign Dwight Howard for the longterm, but 11-time champion Phil Jackson does not see a reaso Rating:
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Phil Jackson Does Not See Reason for Howard to Stay in L.A.

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NBA: Playoffs-Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas MavericksThe Los Angeles Lakers’ first priority this off-season will be to re-sign Dwight Howard for the longterm, but 11-time champion Phil Jackson does not see a reason for Howard to stay.

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The Los Angeles Times writes that Jackson questioned whether or not this Lakers system can fit for Howard and if it would be smart for him to remain with the team. Howard said that he did not like how the coaching staff used him last season and if Mike D’Antoni continues to run the sidelines for the Lakers, he will face the same issue in the future.

On Tuesday, Phil Jackson suggested Dwight Howard might not have sufficient reason to return to theLakers this summer as a free agent.

“Would you?  If you felt like your game wasn’t going to be featured?” asked Jackson on the Dan Patrick Show.

“You have to play in to Dwight Howard.  You have to get back and reestablish him as the center that he potentially was going to be,” said Jackson. “This year … he had four or five less touches in the post. Most of the things he got in there were on the move.”

 

Although Jackson later stated that he does not blame D’Antoni for Howard’s role on the team, he did point the finger to those making the basketball decisions in Los Angeles.

A lot of Howard’s decision on whether or not he will stay with the Lakers will depend on how the team uses him moving forward. The center wants to become more of a focal point on the offensive end, but that will be hard considering the Lakers still have stars like Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash in the lineup.

Howard will officially become a free agent come July 1.

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  • I’m Ron Burgundy?

    It is so painfully obvious that D’Antoni is an awful coach for the Lakers. Does management enjoy watching the team lose? Honestly, what the hell are jimmy and mitch doing? this is pathetic. Be men, admit that you made a mistake with d’antoni, and hire someone that knows how to coach, like Brian Shaw, since the great Phil Jackson has said that he is done coaching. This is so ridiculous.

  • JohnC

    With fully recoverd Pau + Kobe + Nash after this traumatic season, LA do still need some athleticism and speed: Dwight, Clark, Hill, Blake. In other words, BALANCE + DEFENSE + COMMON SENSE: what LA have lacked.

    Balance post/long distance. Balance experience and athleticism. Balance when distributing the touches. Common sense to decide the playmakers and the one-on-one, and to make a plan amongall the different options; common sense when players were not asked to play according to their strenghts and skills. And DEFENSE, which more than irregular was non-existent.

    THERE IS GOOD NEWS TOO: all champion-teams needed a ‘transition year’ for everyone to adjust – coach included. Are the LA lakers (managers, coach, players) bet for this roster and trust their true potential, believing this has been a transition year???

    Making it into the play-offs, after so many injuries which began in the preseason was not too bad.

  • lorenzo

    Obviously Phil Jackson would have been the better hire here. Dwight Howard might even leave to Houston or Atlanta and its because they hired the wrong coach for this team. Jackson has the rings and championship experience that this veteran group needs…not Mike Da’ntoni. But thats life. At least Kobe is going to come back…no one can stop that man..no matter who the coach is..

  • evelyn

    Dwight trying to do the lakers like he did orlando he thing that he have the upper hand but he dont if he want to leave let him he going to have to start all over. I see if he dont like a coach he want the team to fire them and if the team fire the coach

    then he going to leave like he did orlando

  • MR JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Jackson doesn’t know what to do, write, or say next, given his current status of irrelevancy… and, coupled with his last appearance being swept with a full and healthy roster, equals = Pathetic ish!

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