Fox Sports: Coach Phil Jackson agrees with Kobe Bryant — the Los Angeles Lakers need help.
“Kobe and I are very much in collusion in that we want to have an opportunity and we want this team to have an opportunity to succeed,” said Jackson, inducted Friday night into the Basketball Hall of Fame. “And one of Kobe’s complaints is to improve the talent and give him the teammates he can compete with. I’m in collusion with him on that.
“We’ve made some changes this summer. I think we still have to make changes to help us out.”
Bryant criticized the Lakers’ front office last May and asked for a trade. He later appeared to soften his stance, but hasn’t addressed the issue much lately, so it’s unclear if the two-time scoring champion still wants to leave the only NBA team he has played for.
The Lakers have re-signed center Chris Mihm and forward Luke Walton and added guard Derek Fisher during the offseason. Mihm was sidelined last season with an ankle injury.
The Lakers had hoped to land Kevin Garnett, but Minnesota traded him to the Boston Celtics.
The Lakers haven’t won a playoff series since 2004, when they appeared in the NBA Finals for the fourth time in five years. They were 42-40 last season to finish seventh in the Western Conference, and lost to Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year.
Before leaving Los Angeles for the induction ceremony, Jackson told radio station KLAC he felt misled by a member of the Buss family.