Poll: Should Phil Jackson have a beard for the 2010-11 season?
Each morning for the last week, I've addressed a preseason question that Lakers fans will likely talk about once training camp begins Sept. 25. How will Kobe Bryant's right index finger hold up this season? Can Andrew Bynum go through a season without suffering an injury? How much will the experience with Team USA affect Lamar Odom's game for the 2010-11 season?
All of these questions inspire a lot of debate and readers of the L.A. Times Lakers blog surely provided all the wide-ranging and colorful responses I can always expect from you. But Jeanie Buss, Lakers executive vice president, asks perhaps the most probing (and most important) preseason question about her boyfriend and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson via her Twitter account: "Lakers and / or Phil Jackson fans -- should Phil keep the beard this season?"
For those wanting to judge based on style points, the Orange County Register's Janis Carr put together a pretty cool slideshow highlighting Jackson's various beards, mustaches and soul patches. For the fans that solely care about which look will help the Lakers to a three-peat? Consider this: Jackson was clean shaven for the Lakers' last two championship runs. He alternated between beards, mustaches and clean shaven during the Bulls' run to six titles and the Lakers' first three-peat. Please vote in the poll below. Perhaps Jeanie will then report the poll results to Phil.
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Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson currently has a beard, as shown in a picture posted by Jeanie Buss, the Lakers executive vice president and Jackson's girlfriend, on her Twitter page. Credit: Jeanie Buss' Twitter page.