Phil Jackson criticizes Lakers for not keeping promise

Press Enterprise: The Lakers begin training camp in Hawaii in about three weeks, essentially bringing back the same team that went 42-40 last season and lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs for the second straight season.

Outside of the draft, they have done little to improve the team, leaving Coach Phil Jackson to join his petulant star, Kobe Bryant, in casting stones at the Lakers’ management.

While doing a round of interviews this week in advance of his Friday enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Jackson took a shot at Jim Buss, the owner’s son who is vice president of player personnel, for not keeping his promise.

Jackson told KLAC’s Petros Papadakis and Matt Smith that “We were promised by Jimmy Buss that we’d have big changes…

“And we’ve yet to see that. We still are looking for that big boost in our team. We hope we still have one more (move) in us to include a player that really can play a role … someone that’s a supportive scorer, can play defense and do things that are good out there on the floor to help us win.”

The Lakers were rebuffed in their quest to acquire Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were unwilling to take Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum in return. The Indiana Pacers wanted to trade six-time All-Star forward Jermaine O’Neal for Odom and Bynum, but the Lakers wanted to send Bynum, Brian Cook and Kwame Brown. The Pacers refused, and the teams remain at a stalemate.

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  • ab4sure

    I think this is more about personal animosity of PJ for Jim Buss.

  • Tim-4-Show

    I think PJ is doing exactly what he NEEDS to do.

    1. He knows that this team is only as strong as Kobe and PJ must have Kobe’s full trust. PJ is establishing that right now.

    2. PJ might enjoy coaching, but we all know he enjoys winning even more. PJ is voicing his concerns because time is running thin, for himself, Kobe, and the Lakers franchise.

    Further, the day you have both PJ and Kobe complaining about the front office’s inability to put forth a team that has a legitimate shot at winning, you know you’re in trouble. Kobe went too far in his tirade earlier this summer, however, management seems satisfied that he went so far as to alienate the fans, giving them a reprieve. Now that PJ is taking a similar route, the fans ought to wise up and realize that this isn’t the same ownership and management that brought 8 titles in 20 years, though they love to brag about it. This is the same management team that has been slowly pissing away its greatest players and its legacy all at the same time. Ever since J. West left, this team isn’t the same.

  • Tim-4-Show

    One other thing… if PJ can take some of the heat off of Kobe, it will allow Kobe an easier time focusing when the season starts. We’re in for another circus-like atmosphere and PJ is doing what he can to remedy that.

  • cyrus
  • fred0s

    Good thing PJ is backing up KB. I guess we shall see if Bynum has improved (which I strongly believe he has). And even if he didn’t it would be a BIG mistake to trade Bynum and Odom or O’Neal.

  • http://www.myspace.com/on3s3qu3nc3 123kid

    everyone makes good points, but i just dont get it. fans voice their concerns, the head coach voices his concerns, and the best player on the team voices concerns. i mean what do we gotta do to get some action to take place???? this is just way too frustrating!!!

  • fatty

    “Never a dull moment in Laker Land”

    This needs to be an HBO series.

  • Michael_23

    Laker’s front office … “ZzzZZzzzz”

  • http://theworldvoice.com LUUUUKE

    “The Indiana Pacers wanted to trade six-time All-Star forward Jermaine O’Neal for Odom and Bynum, but the Lakers wanted to send Bynum, Brian Cook and Kwame Brown. The Pacers refused, and the teams remain at a stalemate.”

    I find that part really disturbing. The best package we were willing to offer was bynum cook and kwame? No one in their right mind would do that. I would have offered them bynum kwame farmar radmanavic evans picks and cash for JO. Whatever it takes to get JO and keep odom. I think indiana would have at least heavily considered that package.

  • D. Imhoff

    I couldn’t agree more with LUUUUKE. If the Lakers best package for JO is Bynum, Kwame, and Cook that is really not doing whatever is necessary to improve the team. I think it once again shows that Jim Buss really does not want to trade Bynum. The Lakers could make the trade happen with a more attractive package that would not have to include Lamar. If these facts are correct all the statements from the FO are mere lip service.

  • PHANTOM

    WHY HASN’T THIS 3 WAY TRADE GONE THRU YET?

    LAKERS GET JERMAINE ONEIL, RON ARTEST, ABDUAL RAHIM

    INDIANA GETS ODOM, BYNUM, SASHA

    SAC GETS BROWN, JAVARIS, INDY 08 1ST RD LAKERS 08 FIRST RD PICKS .

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=981~2748~3197~617~2421~3~25~615&teams=23~11~23~11~11~13~13~13&te=&cash=

    FISH-FARMAR
    KOBE-EVANS
    ARTEST-WALTON
    JERMAINE-VLAD
    MIMH-TURIAF

    BIG UPGRADE FROM LAST YEAR. DO IT BUSS