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Caught in the Web: Lakers plan to pay next coach half of Phil Jacksons' salary

Photo: Whoever becomes the next Lakers coach probably will be making less than half of what Phil Jackson was being paid in salary. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / February 3, 2010. --The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports the new Lakers coach can expect an annual salary of $3 million to $5 million, a dropoff to the salary of Phil Jackson, whom Bresnahan reported made $12 million during the 2009-10 season before taking a paycut down to $10 million.

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--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky provides a report card for Jackson.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky criticizes the NBA's decision for its explanation on why it fined Kobe Bryant more than Joakim Noah for uttering an anti-gay slur.

--Fox Sports West's Matt "Money" Smith argues the Lakers should look for a coach that's defensive-minded.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker argues the Lakers shouldn't worry about Brian Shaw lacking head coaching experience.

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Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The bottom line is that the slur is used as a generic slur as well as a gay slur. It started off as the latter and has, over time, become the former. Doesn't make it right, but many of the players uttering this in probably every single game, don't intend it as an anti-gay slur." -- Tim-4-Show

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Photo: Whoever becomes the next Lakers coach probably will be making less than half of what Phil Jackson was being paid in salary. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / February 3, 2010.

 
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... whom Bresnahan reported made $12 million during the 2009-10 season before taking a paycut worth $10 million....

Huh?

in the NBA - look it up. Of course they tanked in the years after that. The lesson is just because a team is young and talented does not give then "next." Good luck OKC.

If you think Kobe is giving up on his chance to get 7 rings when it's so close you have not been watching basketball. And that includes you Heat fan - because you haven't been watching until this year. Trust me. I was in Miami in 2008 and the talk was trading Wade. So much so he had to come out with a commercial assuring everyone he was still relevant.

"If Jackson's 11 championship rings and experience weren't enough to help motivate and get the best out of the Lakers, it's surely valid to question how Shaw would be able to suddenly inspire the team."

Wasn't the championships who failed to motivate the Lakers, was Phil's fault. The dinosaurs were successful until they weren't fit to survive in the new enviroment. Few of them adapted and survived. That's the key of evolution.
Phil didn't do anything to adapt himself or his players. He relied on his 11 rings, the triangle and his "mind games" to play with his players instead of coaching them. People change, teams change, the dinamics between players change, but he was stubborn and didn't make any changes to his Phil'sOsophy.
Maybe he did that on purpose. In years to come everyone will remember his rings, but not the way he ended his career. Maybe this was his last big mind game, or his last "bazinga" to Shaw and to the entire team (or maybe just to Kobe). Remember his smile at the end of the game. You can't smile that way after ending your career that way, except if you're satisfied with what you have done, making Kobe unhappy, and ruining Shaw's aspirations.

MM - "...whom Bresnahan reported made $12 million during the 2009-10 season before taking a paycut worth $10 million"

Brenahan's article states that his salary was down to $10 million in the last season and your statement means that the deduction in salary was $ 10 million. I am guessing Brez's version is the correct one.

Oh..you made the correction but deleted my comment...real mature MM
If you don't want to look bad, you should try not making mistakes in the first place :P
( Just messin with ya )

You didn't delete my comment. My bad MM.I apologize

mike brown is a excellent canidate . he is a proven winner and very respected among players. except for le gone james he is the reason the cavs were so good. 60 plus wins two seasons in a row, never been done before. with brown we continue to win...LAKESHOW BABY! ALL UP IN g.money!

Great game last night. Mavs are starting to take on the look of champs. Maybe they can challenge whoever (Miami) comes out of the East. Tough loss for OKC. Too many senseless fouls to give Dallas points with the clock stopped, too many turnovers by Durant and just bad possessions by OKC. Coach Brooks erred by not putting in another creator when Harden fouled out. He should have put in Maynor and moved Westbrook to the SG, but hindsight is 20-20. Nevertheless, that was another MVP like performance by Dirk.


@Tim-4-Show - congrats on the Friedman. Whether meant as generic or gay slur...still a slur and shouldn't be uttered. I agree with everyone else that Noah's fine should have been equal to Kobe's.

I think Kobe was fined 50K for the word, and 50K for whom he said it to. Officials in every sport are untouchable, and it would set a bad precedent to fine a guy for taking on a ref over a drunken fan! I think both fines were appropriate, and it has nothing to do with a conspiracy against the lakers. Most people think there is a conspiracy FOR the lakers, so that argument is just ludicrous.

@MrNano - It is a thought that makes us wonder.

But I also think that there was a missing link between the team and Phil. I don't know if the team sensed that because he wasn't to be here next year and so they didn't need to work so hard.

After the 17-1 run it was an abysmal U-TURN to 0-5. This I can't understand.
And also in GM1 vs Mavs to blow a 16 point lead it was a death sentence.

There was something missing - heart & soul???

Looking at the Mavericks games right know:
it is obvious that the Mavs may have some faults but one thing they have showed : they believe in themselves and have shown heart.


My post was sliced and diced into oblivion, but bottom line - posted it before (when Lakers were eliminated) and will post it again: Heat over Mavs in 6. The last NBA finals winnert I have wiffed on was 2004. Don't remind me!

I can't continue to take the time to write out researched and though-out posts here because when I see the result it makes me wish I was doing something else with my time.

Peace Laker Nation.

I don't care what the Lakers pay their next HC as long as it doesn't prohibit them from getting the man they want!

Remember his smile at the end of the game. You can't smile that way after ending your career that way, except if you're satisfied with what you have done, making Kobe unhappy, and ruining Shaw's aspirations.

Posted by: MrNano | May 24, 2011 at 08:33 AM

Great post.That paragraph right there is what stuck to me.I don't think it was mentioned enough,but everytime I think of phil's smile....I dunno if he was just embarassed,or what.To me he looked like a doting old fool,but yet sinister at the same time.Again did anyone ask him?I can't remeber.Did MM ask?When does his report card comeout?Will that smile be mentioned MM? Also what about the quote he made about wanting it to be hurried up and over?I think phil has some real explaining to do,minus the mind effin..Don't take it will be possible though...........

GGBHL,

"Officials in every sport are untouchable"

Coming from an opinion of a fellow who is an anti-establishment, nobody should be exempted. I believe we all agree that there are lots of mistakes committed in officiating, in fining players and coaches. These should be discussed during the lockout or new CBA rules. Like us, we are free to say anything against someone but once it's established that we are wrong, then apologize and accept the mistake. On part of these officials, it appears that they can do no wrong or they are privileged to acquire such enormous power. Well, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, as the sayings goes.

With regards to Kobe or Noah's gay slur...they are the same earthquake in different places. Quoting another idiom, what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. If u levy Kobe 100K at fit of anger on his belief of a bad officiating, then Noah should also be given that amount for responding to an offensive fan insulting his well being. Officials should either discount Kobe and return his 50 K or add another 50 K on Noah. For me the right way of doing it, let Kobe and Noah get a hearing and asked a jury whether the official fining method was fair. It is always fair and democratic to resort things to a 3rd party. Yes, it is time consuming at least, there is a hearing on both sides. On the part of Kobe, it should be delved deeply why he said that at the feat of anger and on the part of Noah, why he said that after feeling being morally slighted. What's the punishment for the parties who provoked it like the referee and that rude fan.

Lastly, for those basketball fines to make it more transparent would it not be great if they raffle that sum total at the end of the season in form of 10 prizes back to the fans who bought tickets and actually attended ball games, perhaps memorable prizes like a tour at the B'ball Hall of fame, a car or just plain cash. If the officials give it to charity....that is an overused word "charity" even IRS is already tired of this deed. Why not give the cash to the fan and he will decide whether to give it to charity of his own choice?

I'm sure Phil didn't appreciate the 2 million pay cut. Maybe that's why he did a so so job, and why he announced it was his last season. The nba is looking at the same fight that's going on in football now. Payroll is off the hook and unfortunately we have to reload now to go into the next phase. Phil has earned the right to make 12 mil, and would rather stop coaching rather than work for half the money, especially with health issues.

Found an article on nba.com,and it fits right under this topic.(lol) It says if you're an nba coach which head coaching job do you find more attractive?? The choices are golden st and houston. Can someone tell me what's wrong with this picture??Are they afraid that lal would get allllllllll the votes?????? Or are they letting everyone know that LA's next coach has already been chosen?? Let us know what's going on MM..Who's holding out??LOL.........

I hope we draft a European player as I really like tight pink foreign butt holes to grease up, in NY City visit the East Side Club Sauna at 227 E 56 Street, (212) 753 2222 and tell them Medina sent you.

One thing sure this time, Lakers will get 4 2nd round draft pick after politicizing, trading and disrespecting their draft picks since the time of Pinnock Mitch has consistently disrespected our draft pick just like his coach who don't care of rookie players. So far, only Drew became a good draft pick on Mitch watch, he either peddled them, exported them or wasted them, blaming that they are too high draft picks in the 2nd round. Duhhh! That's is the reason, I think Cupcake should follow GM Cho of Portland and resign.

This year we have four 2nd round draft picks. Four players, when the teams are done picking the first 40 players from 1st to 40th, Lakers will have their chances at 41st, 46th, 56th and 58th. Now tell me can't u not find a young leg who knows how to shoot 3's, how to defend from these four picks. Will Mitch Kupchak sell again these young players and get instead an oldie who is more of a patient in hospice than a player. Why get Ratliff, Smith when they can't even help in the rotation? What happened to draft pick Chinemelu Elonu, Joe Crawford and so forth? Are they all wasted? I also read in other sites and want to verify it from MM that Lakers have fired all their scouts....they don't believe in scouting anymore because they are too great after winning b2b Championships and going to three Finals. What a cocky team!!! The On & Off switch was started by the FO, I hope it did not emanate from the dysfunctional new emperor.

Lastly, for those basketball fines to make it more transparent would it not be great if they raffle that sum total at the end of the season in form of 10 prizes back to the fans who bought tickets and actually attended ball games, perhaps memorable prizes like a tour at the B'ball Hall of fame, a car or just plain cash. If the officials give it to charity....that is an overused word "charity" even IRS is already tired of this deed. Why not give the cash to the fan and he will decide whether to give it to charity of his own choice?

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 24, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Another great 1 by EG.How do you come up with this stuff??You sir are a genius,maybe they should also raffle a be the commish for a day or something.You can definately teach those guys a thing or two. Commish,gm,or something,no joke EG.Again it's alway a treat to read your posts.Not none of the mindless Ihatekobeballhogtherapistbryant,but real sensible stuff.Keep it up......

Edwin - respect your post, just disagree. You cannot go after an official like he did. And, as someone else already pointed out, he was already agitated and complaining. Remember all those T's early in the year for display of disdain (or whatever the heck it was)? Stern wants the officials left alone - he could care less about the fans - and that has been consistent all year. As a former REF, I know he can't let Kobe get away with stuff like that, it just sets a very bad precedent. Thanks for the comments!

Kobe fined more than Noah. It's just like those convicted of a crime, the justice system is inconsistent all over. People who commit the same crimes get different sentences. If you have wealth and power then you often get a different sentence than someone who doesn't. Justice is not blind but it is inconsistently applied.

As for Kobe getting fined more, he is much more of a standard bearer for the NBA and a much more visible personality so perhaps they wanted to send him a stronger message.

And his infraction was against a ref. If someone commits a crime against a cop they are going to be dealt with more harshly than someone who commits a crime against the average Joe.

Kobe will make $100k in less than one quarter of a basketball game, in about 10 minutes he makes that much, so the fine is a slap on the wrist at most.

If the NBA really wants to make a point they should fine players 1 games pay, or 2 games, or whatever to make their point.

Talking about league fines, I was wondering about Andrew Bynum's 5 game suspension without pay next year, does the $$ go to the league or stay in the Laker's pocket?

Also concerning Kobe vs Noah's fine, if I run a stop sign vs someone with more money or a higher profile, the fines the same. Refund Kobe $50k.

That now makes Doc Rivers (5 yrs, $35M) the highest paid NBA Coach.

Pops and D'Antoni both make $6M a year.

@Edwin - Here's a part of Bresnahan's recent story, which pretty much confirms what you heard. "The Lakers have already informed more than a dozen employees from their scouting department, athletic training staff and video department that their contracts will not be renewed." They're doing this in anticipation of a work stoppage. I'd imagine once the lockout ends, they would then add more to their staff. But they're going with the bare bones in paying employees in case there's a work stoppage.

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The PSP is getting handle jacked too? Haha, I literally laughed out loud while reading the comment. Btw even with moderation idiotic comments like that are still getting through; fact is moderation or not, anyone that is determined and has an ounce of IP networks knowledge can wreak havoc on this blog.

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It doesn't matter who the Lakers hire as their next coach, but you can make certain of one fact! He will NOT be an African American. I don't believe that the Lakers want a Black coach. The Lakers are hoping that someone else hires Brian Shaw. The sexy candidate Byron Scott took the worst job in the NBA because he didn't believe they were going to hire him. Mike Brown? Forget about they must be complying with the Rooney Rule! The Lakers will hire a white coach period. If Rambis had not been employed by Minnesota he would be the guy. Stop insulting me with these alleged Black candidates who have not shot at being hired by this spoiled organization that feels it will compete for championships every year. Hell, the Clippers compete for them as well. Bye Bye Purple Reign!!!!!

Phil was a great coach and did us well. He didn't seem to be really interested last year though. Some things I will not miss, like his refusal to play/develop young players, refusal to call time outs, or make roster changes to shake things up. Brian Shaw will be his own man, we should hire him asap.

To clarify, this photo isn't of the elimination loss. I will have a report card on Phil, but it'll come after I'm done with the entire Lakers roster.


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