Alonzo Mourning criticizes Phil Jackson.
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How about coach.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has developed such a floor presence during the NBA Playoffs that Alonzo Mourning can’t figure out what exactly it is Lakers coach Phil Jackson is doing on the bench.
“To tell you the truth, Phil doesn’t have to do anything but call time outs,” said Mourning, the former NBA star who helped lead the Miami Heat to the 2006 championship and twice was named the league’s defensive player of the year.
“Kobe is the facilitator. He is the one driving the mission of this particular team right now,” he said. “The communication level he has with his teammates out there, you can just see it.”
“I think Phil is just showing up, to tell you the truth, and Kobe is doing all the work to make this team successful.”