Phil Jackson spoke with former Laker champion John Salley and took questions from an audience of around 1000 at Glendale’s Alex theatre last night, as part of the “Live Talks” Series.
Discussing his book “Eleven Rings” with Salley, Phil reminisced on many things, such as Shaq’s penchant for having fun (showing up naked at practice – wearing only his size 26 sneakers). However, the conversation soon turned towards the Lakers current situation, and Phil said a couple of surprising things.
When a fan asked Phil why Brian Shaw was not hired as the Laker coach in 2011, Phil had an interesting response. The Zen Master said that he sat down with Mitch Kupchak a week ago – and the subject of Shaw’s previous candidacy came up.
During the meeting, Phil said, Mitch was unable to explain why Shaw was not hired. Phil stated that it must have been a personal reason of Jimmy Buss that steered the Lakers towards Mike Brown, and away from Shaw.
Phil also said he sits in on Lakers meetings from time to time, and that he advises Jeanie – now co-owner and not just owner’s daughter – on Lakers matters.
From the sounds of it, Phil is involved with the Lakers, just not in an official capacity.
Well Laker Nation, how do you feel knowing that Phil sat down with Mitch Kupchak last week, and that they discussed the Lakers coaching hires?
Is this a sign that Phil is becoming more involved in the organization, or just Phil supporting Jeanie personally?