Phil Jackson Takes A Jab At Dwight Howard For Leaving Lakers

Phil Jackson Takes A Jab At Dwight Howard For Leaving LakersLuckily for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson’s word is still law in Hollywood. Dwight Howard left an unfamiliar, jilted feeling in the hearts of the Lakers and their fans when he opted to join James Harden and the Houston Rockets rather than return to Tinseltown.

‘Left a distaste’

The Lakers aren’t used to being cast aside and coming up empty-handed. That’s just not how it works. Typically, they get what they want. This time they didn’t, and as the Zen Master noted on Twitter, Superman has forever left a tainted imprint on those in Lakerland as the result of his departure.

“Reflection on DHoward’s exodus. He left a distaste in Lakerland The Lakers will be fine. Pau fits MDA’s style of Off-it was about the future”

Jackson’s admittance that Howard left a “distaste” in Los Angeles isn’t nearly as important as what follows: He believes the Lakers are going to be fine.

‘Without Howard’

Pau Gasol is indeed a better fit for Mike D’Antoni’s system than Dwight ever was. Not that he couldn’t have been, but he just never embraced the pick-and-roll aspect of Magic Mike’s offense. Pau presents no such issues. When healthy, Gasol is a premier screen-and-roll option. His ability to knock down shots from the inside out is also something that gives him an advantage over most centers, including Howard.

Provided Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are still healthy and the team finds some shooters, the Lakers can make some noise in the Western Conference. Without Howard. Just as much as the Rockets can. With Howard.

Which of the two teams will be stronger this coming NBA season — the Lakers or the Rockets? Do you agree with Phil Jackson’s opinion about Dwight Howard’s exodus?

Source: Dan Favale | Bleacher Report

Image: NY Daily News

Kobe Bryant To Stop Tweeting During Lakers Games

Kobe Bryant To Stop Tweeting During Lakers GamesThe Black Mamba’s posts to Twitter were noticed by just about everyone remotely interested in the NBA playoffs this weekend. They even managed to catch the attention of coach Mike D’Antoni.  Kobe Bryant’s tweets from his bed were somehow becoming a distraction, so he is going quiet.

‘Just bored’

“I see my tweeting during the game is being talked about as much as the game itself. Not my intention , just bored as I guess #notagain

“To tweet or not to tweet.. I CHOOSE not 2. Focus should be on the team not my insight. @georgelopez voice “Can’t DO nothin!” #vinospeare

As was reported by the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke, Bryant was quite the Chatty Cathy on Twitter during the Lakers’ eventual loss to the Spurs on Sunday. Coach Vino became Fan Vino, a transition that had fans laughing and one particular coach rolling his eyes (via Plaschke).

‘Non-Steve-Blake-like numbers’

D’Antoni may not enjoy the tweets, but I join the multitude of observers who do, because while the Lakers season comes to an assumed end shortly, we might as well have as much Mamba as we can get.

Still, Bryant’s tweets were by far the most interesting aspect of a season gone awry. The Lakers, a team that was supposed to waltz to the NBA Finals at the beginning of the season, are now counting on Steve Blake to put up non-Steve-Blake-like numbers and Pau Gasol to do his best impression of Magic Johnson for the rest of the postseason.

What do you think should be the best move for Kobe Bryant in this dilemma — to tweet or not to tweet?

Source: Gabe Zaldivar, Bleacher Report

Image: USA Today