Phil Jackson Says Even He Couldn’t Help the Lakers Win This Season

Even if he wanted to, Phil Jackson couldn't help the floundering Los Angeles Lakers turn around their season.

This is coming from the man himself, who insinuated during a TMZ street-side interview that coaching isn't what's hurting Los Angeles on the court.

When asked if he could coach the Lakers back to relevance, the former Lakers coach and current New York Knicks president said coaching isn't what's killing the team.

"They have a lot of needs, that team does," Jackson said. "...They've got a good coach."

Expanding on the subject, Jackson added that he wouldn't have won games in Los Angeles without the help of talented players.

"A coach always relies on talent to be that good," Jackson said.

When asked directly if the team lacked ability, Jackson smiled.

"They're growing up together," Jackson said.

Jackson appears to think the biggest issues at hand in Los Angeles are the players. He also appears to not have heard about head coach Byron Scott's aversion to good basketball.

In any case, it's not like Jackson can blame the management without calling out his fiancee, Jeanie Buss. Long-distance relationships work better when you're not airing each other's dirty laundry in the newspapers.

As for the Lakers, the team is on a (relative) hot streak of sorts. Los Angeles beat the Houston Rockets on the road Wednesday night, notching its second straight win. Jackson's Knicks, on the other hand, have lost their previous two games and sit at 3-10 on the s

Kobe Bryant and company will look to extend the streak Friday against the 9-3 Dallas Mavericks.


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