Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Phil Jackson talks Jim Buss, Andrew Bynum and the Lakers

Phil Jackson has been away from the Los Angeles Lakers for a season. That doesn't mean he doesn't have an opinion.
Jackson appears tonight on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and talks to Andrea Kremer about the Lakers, Pat Riley, LeBron James and the open coaching jobs in the NBA.

In this clip that doesn't appear in the broadcast, Jackson explains how executive Jim Buss' appreciation for Andrew Bynum's game changed the tenor of the team.

"You know, Jim is a guy that, you know, saw Andrew as a kid-- and thought Bynum was gonna be a great pick for our team. But in the process, I think you know, he's wanted 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 kinda disjointed the symmetry of what the Lakers were really about this last year. You know, Andrew is All-Star center. He was-- did a wonderful job. But, you know, it-- 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."

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