Exit Interview: Phil Jackson argues the Lakers need more speed
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson made it clear he didn't want a prolonged sentimental press conference summing up his storied coaching career.
But naturally, the press didn't oblige. Jackson shed light on a number of topics, ranging from why the team missed its chance of three-peating ("I never had a team who couldn't make adjustments and learn from mistakes"), his players expressing disappointment they didn't win him a 12th NBA title ("That's the way I anticipated it to be"), and what the Lakers need to address this off-season ("It needs to build speed. They need to have speed and get easy baskets").
Among some of the other highlights:
--What needs to happen for Jackson's relationship to be restored with Jerry Krause.
--How he convinced his players with the Bulls and Lakers to run the triangle offense.
--Why he was never close with Jerry Buss and Jim Buss.
--On his coaching career: "Talent wins. When you have talent to coach, it makes all the difference in the world. I've coached some of the best talent that's ever played the game."
On his weaknesses: "That wasn't always one of my strengths, figuring out how to make a last-second play. I felt execution was important. I probably failed to do some of the strategy things as a coach, but there were other things people were good at who were on my staff."
On what he's learned from his players: "How to be patient and generous, those are best things I learned from them. They're impetuous and impulsive kids a lot of times that come here. They are often strong-willed. That's what makes them good players. They taught me a lot."
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Phil Jackson at his exit interview. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times