Phil Jackson speaks out about the former Lakers…
L.A. Times: The Lakers breezed through Miami over the weekend, a city serving as a constant reminder of their recent past.
Even though Shaquille O’Neal was traded last week to Phoenix, there was still enough talk about him and former Lakers starter Smush Parker to keep the Miami relevancy streak alive.
Jackson, who coached O’Neal for five seasons with the Lakers, added his thoughts to the trade viewed by many as a reaction to the Lakers’ acquisition of Pau Gasol.
“I can’t imagine that [O'Neal] wanted to pick up and move again,” Jackson said. “I don’t think that fit into his scheme of the way he wanted to live his life. But I do think it will re-energize him. I think he has got something to prove again, and I think it could be good for him.”
Why did Phoenix give up four-time All-Star Shawn Marion and take a chance on a soon-to-be 36-year-old with a long list of injury problems?
“They’re willing to take that risk,” Jackson said. “I guess if you’ve been in the position they’ve been in the last three years and you haven’t gotten to the Finals, you have to wonder about your strategy.”