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Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

Posted on: January 22, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 3:38 pm
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson agrees with his girlfriend, Jeanie Buss, on the idea of NBA contraction. Posted by Ben Golliver. jeanie-buss

Back on Thursday, we noted a report that Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president for busineses affairs Jeanie Buss said that she believed the NBA needed to consider contraction, eliminating a few lesser-profitable teams so that the league as a whole would be in better financial shape.

Asked by for his reaction to the comments, Lakers coach and Buss' boyfriend Phil Jackson first blamed NBA commissioner David Stern for the idea and then took it a step further, suggesting that reducing the NBA from 30 teams to 24 teams sounded good to him.
"I think that's what the commissioner said so I think she's probably parroting what the commissioner said," Jackson said. When asked for his thoughts about contraction, Jackson said, "I will parrot what both of them said" before expanding on the thought.
"I think [the league has] some parameters that they want to meet in some of the markets," Jackson said. "I think they'll set up some goals that way and I think that will be a helpful thing for the league. Taking New Orleans for example, they had to meet a certain number of ticket holders for them to come in the league, so there are some parameters that are important."

"You like to have six in the division and 24 is really a great number [of teams] at one time," Jackson said.
As we noted back on Thursday, these comments from a big-market, high-profile league mainstay are like fingernails on a chalkboard for small-market teams and their employees heading into the labor talks. While contraction is a direct threat to the players' position as it represents a loss of roster spots and jobs, hundreds of other team employees would be looking at job losses as well. In that light, contraction talk is not just owners vs. players, it's rich owners vs. poor owners. 

When push comes to shove, it's unlikely that a majority of NBA owners would support contracting some of their brethren, especially given the ever-present alternatives of relocation and/or new foreign ownership. In the meantime, though, contraction becomes a huge elephant in the room when the owners meet to negotiate with the players, because the owners aren't presenting a unified stance on such a key issue.
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Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2011 12:50 pm

Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

The NBA`s a little to slow for me,that`s why i like hockey,but i LOVE the contraction idea ! Get rid of HALF the NHL teams and you`d have Olympic class ( the best ) hockey every game

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:26 am

Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

Fold the whole league - it's garbage anyway.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:13 am

Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

You said you are a Knicks fan and you have no reason to support Phil Jackson...did you forget that Phil Jackson was one of the stellar players on the Knicks great championship team. All Knicks fans should respect Phil Jackson...he was an integral part of Knicks history making team, along with the other greats on that team, Earl Monroe, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Dave Debusschiere, Bill Bradley and Dick Barnett. I am glad you are supporting him anyway...but as a Knicks have to respect the great Knicks teams of the past.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2011 10:49 am

Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

She was born in 1961. how much older u want him to date. its not about his girlfriend its about people just being haters that he is successful. Im a knick fan so i have no reason to defend him but i do respect what he's done in the league.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 10:28 am

Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

Being 60 and thus 5 years younger than Jackson, I'm so jealous!  The only women that age I can attract are divorced, have a few kids, and work in bars where the best pickup line is, "I own a home and have a steady income."

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 9:51 am

Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

 wonder which kind of jealosy is it, his ELEVEN RINGS or the YOUNG CHICK holding his arm

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 9:50 am

Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

I wonder which kind of jealosy is it, his ELEVEN RINGS or the YOUNG CHICK holding his arm

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2011 9:39 am

Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

The NBA is an unwatchable sport.  5 ball hogs who can't shoot and two refs who can't call travelling.   And maybe someone better tell Phil's girlfriend that she should find a younger, better looking coach, ERRRRR boyfriend.

I believe in contraction of ALL the teams.  I'd rather watch soccer on TV than the NBA!

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 8:42 am

Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

The NBA sucks anyways! So who cares? Jackson should get a chick that's his own age also. Maybe he's a pedophile, hahahaSurprised


Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2011 8:33 am

Phil Jackson co-signs Jeanie Buss on contraction

I would hate to see any city have to give up a team for all of the wrong reasons. I go back, way back, with wanting to watch a NBA game. I can remember not to long ago in my lifetime that I had to stay up to 11 PM to see a Lakers game that our local station " Would join in progress". Remember those days. I would get upset that we could not get the game from the start and then on Sunday, I did not fuss about this but just fumed, that because of the local church service again another, Joined in progress. Well now we can see them all on time every time with the NBA package and if not ESPN and many of the major stations bring us in a ton of games so everybody gets a shot. We all that follow baseball also can remember when they wanted to take out some of those teams to include the Minnesota Twins that went on that year to fame with a championship. Our local team (Memphis) has not done a lot, but know shows some real promise. We have some very good and some very exciting players and for now we are winning. Sure would hate to lose this team. Even though Memphis is big to me I think that the NBA sees us as a small market. Take out Oklahoma City. You got to be kidding. That is one of the most exciting teams to watch in years and they are about one draft pick away from being on top for years. We all know why this will probably happen, money. This thing with Anthony in Denver is just one example. This is the NBA's version of the NFL's Brent Farve. The kid should get his bucks, he is very good, but were does it stop? What will happen is that some of us will lose our teams that we worked years to get mainly because of player and team cost. We all may remember the NFL strike when they brought in " The Replacements", even made a good movie about this. I just wonder if that happened in the NBA how many young mem that never had a opportunity and probably would never get a opportunity would look on the big stage. I bet you that they might just play for less than $100,000 per game. From time to time everything needs a flush out and a restart. Maybe this might be just that time for the NBA.

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