Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby Ariza3 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:00 pm

Phil Jackson has kept mostly a low profile during his post-retirement life. He's spent time at his lakeside home in Montana and Jackson has lived with his longtime companion, Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss, in Los Angeles. But as far as attending Lakers games and appearing in the public spotlight? He's mostly stayed out of it.

Jackson emerged from his meditative state, however, during a radio appearance Friday on ESPN Chicago's Waddle and Silvy. Naturally, he was peppered about the Lakers, most notably what will mark Mike Brown's biggest challenge in handling a star-studded roster featuring Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace.

"It’s finding a role that each player can move towards and be comfortable in," Jackson said. "I think that's how you want to feel. You want Steve to have the ability to have the ball with confidence that he is doing
the right thing and feeling like he can run the team and getting the ball to Kobe in critical situations is
important because that’s what his best role is standing out in the moments of crisis or the moments that
are critical. And the inclusion that you have to have to make Howard feel a part of it. So all those guys
have to find a little role. "

Jackson took particularly aim at how Pau Gasol will fit in Brown's revamped system that will include elements of the Princeton offense.

"Pau Gasol can fit any of those roles, so he doesn’t have any trouble fitting that role," Jackson said. "He’s not identified with just scoring, so he’ll be all right, whatever they try to run. I think that is going to be the key."

Jackson didn't mention World Peace, who has arrived in training camp in better shape and weighing 255 pounds, a steep drop-off from the 274 pounds he said he weighed last season.

Jackson also shared concerns on the Lakers' veteran-laden roster. Bryant (34), Nash (38), Gasol (32) and World Peace (32) could apply for the NBA's AARP card. Brown has touted the importance of limiting their minutes and fully utilizing the revamped bench that includes secondary scoring (Antawn Jamison) and three-point shooting (Jodie Meeks).

"They gotta watch the wear and tear that goes on because the end result is what counts," Jackson said. "It’s not the first 100 yards of the season so to speak."

But Jackson's interview mostly touched on how the Lakers would sort out the offensive dynamic. He seemed particularly intrigued the Lakers would run parts of the Princeton system since its ball movement, cutting and passing presents similarities to his triangle offense. Jackson believed Nash would be key in ensuring the system runs well.

"He is a guy that can kinda make it easier for Howard to be a player inside," Jackson said. "As Pau can move around in the post and move up to the high post and he can be an outside defender that can help out in a variety of screen-roll activities that maybe Howard might get himself in foul trouble having to defend all the time. So they’ll be able to do a lot of things with a more mobile and quicker Pau Gasol. This is a team that you have to find an offense that is going to work and include everybody because Kobe dominates the ball and Steve Nash dominates the ball.

"Then you’ve got player that need to get the ball in good spots to work for their offense. That’s Gasol obviously in a couple spots, low and high post. Howard really is a low post player, he needs that ball in the post."


http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-lat-phil-jackson-outlines-mike-browns-biggest-challenge-for-lakers-20121005,0,6828515.story
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby MusixFinest on Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:17 pm

"Then you’ve got player that need to get the ball in good spots to work for their offense. That’s Gasol obviously in a couple spots, low and high post. Howard really is a low post player, he needs that ball in the post."

But didn't Shaq say D12 was more of a Euro-big? A pick-and-roll Center? How does it feel on that island, big fella?
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby therealdeal on Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:43 pm

Good to see Phil is caught up on Laker stuff. Maybe he could come back this season and tell the Potato where to get off.
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby KB8SD on Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:43 pm

Link to the ESPN Chicago 1000 podcast:

http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/play?id=8465900
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby pound4pound1 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:48 pm

therealdeal wrote:Good to see Phil is caught up on Laker stuff. Maybe he could come back this season and tell the Potato where to get off.



yea, i wish Mike Brown's biggest challenge this season is adjusting back the booth after Phil comes back
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby nameant on Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:56 pm

Man...if we had Phil, title is a lock. :man5:
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby revgen on Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:00 pm

"It’s finding a role that each player can move towards and be comfortable in," Jackson said


That was a challenge for Brown last season. He relies way too much on talent as a coach even going back to his Cleveland days.
"Every time he’s hurt, he always plays, he always comes through."

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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby Battle Tested20 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:03 pm

therealdeal wrote:Good to see Phil is caught up on Laker stuff.
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:06 pm

Brown just has to step out of the way and let Kobe and Steve be the coaches on the floor. Just focus ln being our defensive coordinator.

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"It’s finding a role that each player can move towards and be comfortable in," Jackson said


That was a challenge for Brown last season. He relies way too much on talent as a coach even going back to his Cleveland days.

What talent are you speaking of? In Cleveland outside of LeBron he didn't have that much talent. That 2007 Finals team was one of the weakest Finals teams of all time. Here last year outside of the big three of Kobe, Gasol, and Bynum the roster was mediocre at best.
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby revgen on Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:17 pm

Texas Lakers Fan wrote:Brown just has to step out of the way and let Kobe and Steve be the coaches on the floor. Just focus ln being our defensive coordinator.

revgen wrote:
"It’s finding a role that each player can move towards and be comfortable in," Jackson said


That was a challenge for Brown last season. He relies way too much on talent as a coach even going back to his Cleveland days.

What talent are you speaking of? In Cleveland outside of LeBron he didn't have that much talent. That 2007 Finals team was one of the weakest Finals teams of all time. Here last year outside of the big three of Kobe, Gasol, and Bynum the roster was mediocre at best.


He never tried to run with that Cleveland team. All he'd do is give the ball to Lebron on every possession and have everybody else stand in a corner. When a team basically has one scorer, you have to rind a way to get easy baskets somewhere else. Look at recent interviews with Doug Collins discussing how the 76ers are going to continue to run and get easy baskets in transition. Even though Bynum is going to be their #1 scorer, they know they can't depend on him to get all their points. Ditto with George Karl in Denver with Melo. Smart coaches find ways to get their non-stars to produce by putting them in the right role or position to do so.
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby Center Court on Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:26 pm

if Phil was coaching this team would there be any doubt that we wouldn't win...?
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby lakersin4 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:28 pm

Hopefully he gives his wife this kind of advice to pass along all season.
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby ben_ready on Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:36 pm

Like Howard said about shaq he's done! Same goes for phill. Cherish the memories and move on my equals. Not a brown fan but he's our guy and I'll give him this year to get some things right yell™
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby jimbo327 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:33 pm

Phil would roll off another 3 peat with this roster, for sure.

From last season, I'm not sure Potato head can even draw up a play in the clutch.
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby John3:16 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:37 pm

Mike Brown wrote:Phil needs to let it go. His time is up.


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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby revgen on Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:45 pm

jimbo327 wrote:Phil would roll off another 3 peat with this roster, for sure.

From last season, I'm not sure Potato head can even draw up a play in the clutch.


With Nash, we won't ever have a coach draw up a play again. Nash can just do it himself.
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby wcsoldier81 on Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:50 pm

Brown biggest challenge is to forget he's the coach ... the less decisions he will take on his own ,the better it will be for this team ..

The season hasn't even started yet and I'm already afraid of him playing Blake over Meeks at the backup 2
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby intuitivelOve on Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:51 am

John3:16 wrote:
Mike Brown wrote:Phil needs to let it go. His time is up.


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LMAO! :man11:
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby Finwë on Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:17 am

Lazenby's TL is full of stuff about Phil's comments, Mike Brown & the Lakers in general if anyone's interested.
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby therealdeal on Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:29 am

:man10: Lazenby is to Phil what that Rudolph guy was to Dwight this weekend.

Seems like Phil wants back in now that we're stacked with talent. No question he'd get the most out of this team if he's engaged, but I still remember his terrible coaching in the 2011 playoffs.
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby JSM on Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:33 am

:phil1:

I miss the Zen master.

Brown's biggest challenge is finding a seat on the bench. I suggest sitting with the fans.
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby GoldHammish on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:55 am

After reading the comments about Brown making Ebanks and Meeks fight for minutes at backup 2, I'm beginning to think that Brown's biggest challenge is actually having a brain.
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby Tobias Funke on Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:07 am

GoldHammish wrote:After reading the comments about Brown making Ebanks and Meeks fight for minutes at backup 2, I'm beginning to think that Brown's biggest challenge is actually having a brain.


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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby Weezy on Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:10 am

I think Brown's biggest challenge is finding shirts that fit over his enormous potato head. Phil wasn't perfect, but I'd kill to have him back over Brown right now.
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Re: Phil Jackson on Mike Brown's Biggest Challenges

Postby therealdeal on Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:18 am

Weezy wrote:I think Brown's biggest challenge is finding shirts that fit over his enormous potato head. Phil wasn't perfect, but I'd kill to have him back over Brown right now.

Alright then here's your first target:
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