A surprising statement came out in Wednesday’s exit interview with Phil Jackson.
Phil Jackson was asked if he has a stronger sense of attachment with the Lakers front office (other then Jeanie Buss), then he did with the Bulls:
“There are people in the organization that I have an attachment to. But, I haven’t spoken to Jimmy Buss this year. Jerry, I see occasionally and we confer, Mitch and I have our chances to be together, and have a good relationship. Those are people in that department that I have a relationship. But, as far as management, if you want to call it, there’s really not a relationship in that aspect of that.”
Jerry Buss said in August of last year that 80% of Lakers basketball decisions are in the hands of his son, Jim Buss. Jerry claimed that he will simply throw in his two cents here and there.
It seems very odd that the head coach of the Lakers, did not speak once to Jim Buss who is the majority head of all Lakers basketball decisions. You wonder if that working relationship, or lack there of, was one of the reasons Jackson has decided to retire.