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

Phil Jackson Compares Michael Jordan And Kobe Bryant

Phil Jackson Compares Michael Jordan And Kobe BryantPhil Jackson finally caved. The Zen Master spent the better part of his 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers dodging Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan comparisons. Now, he is indulging in them.

‘Charismatic and gregarious’

In his new memoir, co-written with Hugh Delehanty and entitled Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, Jackson breaks down what separated the Black Mamba from His Airness. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times received an early release of the book and detailed some of the more notable excerpts.

“Michael was more charismatic and gregarious than Kobe,” Jackson says in the book. “He loved hanging out with his teammates and security guards, playing cards, smoking cigars, and joking around.”

That just wasn’t Kobe. According to Jackson, he kept to himself—a self-imposed isolation that he attributed to the absence of the collegiate experience.

“But his inclination to keep to himself shifted as he grew older,” Jackson explains. “Increasingly, Kobe put more energy into getting to know the other players, especially when the team was on the road.”

‘The biggest difference’

Still, he was no MJ. Jordan was more convivial and alluring as a person. While Bryant was often considered an emotional recluse, Jordan was a social butterfly. Jackson believed he was better on defense, too.

“No question, Michael was a tougher, more intimidating defender,” he said. “He could break through virtually any screen and shut down almost any player with his intense, laser-focused style of defense.”

Which isn’t to say Kobe was a poor defender. Jackson acknowledges the contrary, but also concedes that Kobe took unnecessary risks and relied too heavily on his athleticism. Mostly, though, he praised Jordan for his patience, for allowing the game to come to him—something Kobe rarely does.

The biggest difference between the two, though? Leadership.

Who do you think is the better player — Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant? Feel free to discuss your opinion via the comment box below!

Source: Dan Favale, Bleacher Report

Image: The Hoop Doctors