Coach says habits established during the team’s so-so start are unlikely to be broken. Has the Zen Master given up on the Lakers already? Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think!
L.A. Times: The Lakers probably were not going to win 50 games, but Coach Phil Jackson made it semi-official Saturday.
Following practice, Jackson said he had told his players after a 127-99 win over Denver on Nov. 29 that they were not good enough to win 50 games.
The Lakers will play their 20th game of the season tonight, against Golden State at Staples Center.
As Jackson sees it, that is five games past the fail-safe point for establishing a team’s direction for the season. It is the first 15 games, he said, that set the tone for the season, when teams get into habits that will last for the rest of the season.
That win over the Nuggets came in the Lakers’ 15th game and left them with a 9-6 record. They are now 11-8, and have yet to impress anyone, apparently. Certainly not their coach.
“We haven’t really started to do some of the other structural things we want to do with the team,” said Jackson, who agreed to a two-year contract extension on the day of the Denver game. “We need to open a run again and find a way to win two or three games in a row and get some momentum.”