Kobe Bryant says he'll do 'everything' to send Phil Jackson off with one more title
One particular player is finding a way to turn it into a positive.
Kobe Bryant doesn't need any added motivation, but he acknowledges the importance of winning one more championship under Jackson.
"Yeah, for me especially because we’ve been together for so long," Bryant said. "I’m going to make sure I do everything in my power to send him off in the right way."
Jackson, 65, reiterated Thursday that he would be done after this season.
Jackson said last season was a "maybe" as far as retirement, but added that "this year, there's no 'maybe.'"
He then joked that he would find a way to stay in the spotlight.
"I'm actually going to have a press conference once every two months just to kind of feel right," he said. "Maybe like Jerry [West], just getting it out."
West recently made headlines by saying at an Orange County auto dealers confab that the Lakers' defense looked slow and old.
Bryant didn't want to look too far into Jackson's departure after 11 seasons with the Lakers, five of which have ended in championships.
"It’ll be a sad day but I’m sure I’ll get together with him and go fly-fishing at some point," Bryant said.
-- Mike Bresnahan
Photo: Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times