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.