Caught in the Web: Phil Jackson adamant about retiring
--Among the interesting nuggets The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights from Phil Jackson's 80-minute talk with the Lakers' traveling reporters: He's adamant about retiring after this season, a chance to three-peat and calls from Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher convinced Jackson to stay, he'll split his time in Montana and L.A., he considered his 1998, 2000 and 2001 titles most memorable and he recalls a meeting Bryant had with Michael Jordan where the Black Mamba boasted he could beat Jordan one-on-one.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding observes Jackson's driven to coach by his "communal sentiment."
--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper reports that union president Derek Fisher is keeping open the possibility that the National Basketball Players Association is considering staging a charity game or even a series of games should a lockout eat into the 2011-2012 schedule. Howard-Cooper also argues Lakers forward Lamar Odom should win the NBA's sixth man of the year award.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' remaining schedule.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton highlights the Lakers' belief that securing home court advantage isn't the top priority.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith argues Lakers guard Derek Fisher remains underappreciated.
Tweet of the Day: "No need to worry Lakers fans. They will be ready come playoff time." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:" If Rick F. was still here, I'm sure he would express his doubt or concern as he used to express it in his post in the recent past. During the playoffs, a team may be bad offensively but they cannot afford to be also bad defensively. We won last year and the year before that because of defense. We lost in '08 because we have no defense and let the Celtics dictated the game.
As fans, we always have faith with our team but as a long time b asketball fan I just hate their attitude this year. It has been a wild ride and it is not pleasant to be a fan if you are always being put up w/ highs and lows of emotions. These guys are cocky in playing on a balancing beam and trying to impress us what they can do. They put up two persona: intentionally tanking games or dominating games. It has been a wild ride from Nov to April. It is like dealing with the student who is an genius but absentminded, don't do homework, don't come to class, then just try to show up during Finals. As a typical fan, I prefer to deal with a honest hard worker trending towards excellence. Of course, by playoffs time, we all start w/ zero opinion and 100% allegiance with reseolve that history will repeat itself. Which history, hopefully the most recent Championships." -- Edwin Gueco
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Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson understands that it's almost time for him to walk away from his remarkable coaching career. Credit: Kirby Lee/U.S. Presswire/April 3, 2011.