On Monday at SRI, we posted an interview with Phil Jackson that took place in Chicago. He compared Kobe and Michael, talked about how the tenth ring stacked up against the first nine, and said he’d like to push through for at least one more year as the Lakers coach. When you see Phil Jackson walk, you’d think he was 143 years old. The travel and daily grind of coaching an NBA team have caught up to Phil. Imagine if he actually was one of those ranters on the sideline (see Stan Van Gundy).
On Tuesday, Phil Jackson joined ESPN Radio Los Angelesand he talked about only coaching the home games. Not sure if this has been done before, but I think it would create some problems for the Lakers. While the Lakers are a veteran team and Kobe has often been compared to a coach on the court, Phil has proven time and time again he can push the right buttons both from a psychological and x’s and o’s perspective. Maybe with technology these days, they could have Phil in the locker rooms via a satellite feed during halftime. Or they could put Kurt Rambis on blue tooth all game with Phil chiming in his ear like Cyrano de Bergerac. The possibilities are comical and endless.
Former Laker Mychal Thompson and ESPN Radio LA host John Ireland spoke to Phil about this very topic:
“Yeah, we’ve toyed around with that idea actually. I guess it’s not that revolutionary. We talked a little bit about it, and you know I was actually kind of given the green light to actually go ahead and try this out if and when the time came.”
“I think the idea has some merit to it…I don’t want to lose control of the team. And I think that’s the one thing that you find out your team needs. I don’t mean control, like control, but like being there with them in the trenches with them, i.e., when things get tough or something happens, you’re there with them. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this idea and it’s certainly not going to be the last. And I’m going to discuss it a little bit with [Lakers general manager] Mitch [Kupchak], that same idea.”
On if the team could make the transition:
“I think they could make the transition okay. I think the perception from the outside would be difficult at first with media that are covering the team and places that you go.”