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Phil Jackson Talks About Differences with Jim Buss’ Philosophies

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After Phil Jackson officially stepped down as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers there was plenty of talk about the 11-time NBA champion not being able to see eye-to-eye with Lakers Executive VP Jim Buss. With Buss wanting to run the Lakers organization a certain way and Jackson knowing how to win championships with his style of coaching, it was rumored that the two never really got along or wanted to work together.

The Zen Master talked about the progression of All-Star center Andrew Bynum’s game under Buss and how it disrupted the team’s “symmetry” in an interview with HBO’s Real Sports via James Park of SheridanHoops.com:

“Jim saw Andrew as a kid and thought Bynum was going to be a great pick for our team. But in the process I think he’s wanted to have Andrew to have a bigger and bigger role, and I think he’s hired his coach to have Andrew have a bigger and bigger role. And that kind of disjointed the symmetry of what the Lakers were really about this last year. Andrew is an All-Star Center and he did a wonderful job. But what happened was it took Pau out of his game and it took the team away from some of their game. So they changed the style dramatically.”

Even with the calm and cool demeanor that Jackson displays in his interviews, when talking about his time with the Lakers, it becomes more and more clear that arguably the greatest NBA head coach of all-time was pushed out of Los Angeles due to a conflict of how the team should’ve been run moving forward.

With Buss wanting to establish a presence in the Lakers’ front office in order to mold the team of the future in Los Angeles, Jackson was no longer in the long-term plans. It remains a mystery whether or not Jackson might have been able to turn this team around once again if given the power to do so in his last two seasons with the Lakers.

It hard to argue with Jackson’s opinion on Bynum’s new role and how it may have hurt the Lakers’ chances of functioning as a championship-caliber team during the 2011-12 NBA season. Despite the symmetry being out of sync last year, the Lakers must move on with Buss running the show.

Hopefully, for the sake of Lakers fans and Kobe Bryant, the team can come together next season under Mike Brown with Buss calling the shots in order to become NBA title contenders once again.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XLNDLD6SNL2LTD7NUD332CX4JE Polito

    Jim is the death of our beloved Lakers.

  • http://twitter.com/BTbreal Bernard Tilley

    I agree, you can see it coming last summer when they let go of all the front office personnel and scouts that work behind the seen building the Lakers into a championship franchise. Now they have new personnel upstairs the Lakers maybe mediocre for some years to come.

  • Unstoppable423

    I honestly think with Jim Buss running things the Lakers will be ran into the ground and Kobe won’t get his 6th

  • http://coachdesignz.wordpress.com/ Jay Dayuday

    It’s Mike Brown’s offensive strategy that put Gasol’s numbers down. Plays are usually drawn for Bynum down low, and Pau is forced to take outside shots if Andrew is double-teamed and/or if Kobe isn’t open.
    Phil’s triangle involves 3 players at least, while Mike’s depends on individual skills rather than playing the game with 5 players on the court. Bynum became a shoot first then pass guy rather than the more efficient core of the triangle.

    To Mike Brown, they are the effing BIG 3, you’re sketching plays for a one on one everytime for a 7-foot child with an attitude.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Caliiboii-Gunna-Toliver/100000079936051 Caliiboii Gunna Toliver

    i hope Jim Buss steps down and let his sister run it cause she was doing better

  • http://twitter.com/Guilhermandos Guilhermando santos

    NEED SOMEONE TO TALK WITH JIM BUSS, HE WILL BRING IN A SEASON ONE MORE SHAMEFUL.
    BYNUM HAVE THAT OUT AND CHANGE THE D12.

  • Juiceinthedark

    We all knew the daywas coming, Jimmy wanting to run Dr. Buss’ team …and we dreaded it…hoping Jeannie would stay instead….clearly Dr. Buss would rather the more intelligent sibling run his businesses and went ahead and let Jr. play in the sandbox….very unfortunate for Laker fans…

    1. Don’t trade Bynum straight up for Carmelo
    2. Run Phil out of town
    3. Hire Brown (what?)
    4. Act oblivious

    what’s next on Jimmy’s to-do list?

  • Sylvia

    I agree with Chris, Jim Buss does nothing for our team. We need to have Jeannie Buss running the team! We also need to have a good coach, and of course keep Kobe!

  • Marty Susman

    I think Kobe will go down in history as one of the top 10 ever to play the game… BUT more important to me is the Lakers future & they can not build for that future while paying $30,000,000.00 a year to Kobe. Remember it is not only his salary, it’s the tax & it’s the profit sharing meaning they need to free up those BIG bucks….

    Kobe is great & he wants more then anything to beat M.J. & that will not be done in the next two years with the Lakers, that is a fact. You need to look at the rest of the great teams around to understand that the Lakers need YOUTH, SPEED & talent & that takes some money they don’t have while paying Kobe…

    Kobe is about Kobe, first & always & he will himself ask for a trade if he understands the team is going into a youth rebuilding mode & as I have said before, BOTH of the NY teams would jump at getting him, the Nets to jam fill up on day one & the Knicks to stop the Nets…

  • Deron Williams

    I foresee a good Laker fan-base switching to Clipper Nation for years to come. At least their front office is on the same page with everyone as a team. Who was running the show during the 2000-2002 championship run and the 2008-2010 (Jim Buss or Jerry Buss)?

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