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Phil Jackson's balancing act with Kobe Bryant

Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:00 am
Edited on: March 2, 2011 1:20 pm
 
Kobe Bryant often completely breaks off of the Lakers' triangle offense. But is that a bad thing?
Posted by Matt Moore




So which is it? Is Phil Jackson so successful because of his ability to run the triangle offense, a complicated but brilliant system which facilitates ball movement and spacing like few systems when executed successfully? Or is it simply having the best offensive player in the game that makes things click? Or is it having that player in that system?

The answer probably lies in a murky "yes" to all those questions.  Jackson has coached the two greatest shooting guards of all time, and he's also watched them self-destruct his offense time and time again, even when that offense is almost always the best option for the team considering the talent on the floor. But hey, at least he's honest about it. From NBA.com:

"He's probably a little better at it than Kobe is, because Kobe ignores the offense."

  -- Lakers coach Phil Jackson, on Artest's grasp of the triangle offense via NBA.com - The Game Happens Here.

Just a joke, an off-handed remark, but not the first time Jackson's said such a thing. He's made it very clear in the past that there are times when Bryant simply goes off-script. Of course, this was a lot easier to forgive when Bryant was three years younger and the Lakers weren't stacked to the brim with talented players who, in the context of the triangle, can utterly destroy an opponent. Bryant still goes maverick on the offense, sometimes clearing out in ISO (ISO, with Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom on the floor!) for 35-foot pull-up threes. And for many years that was okay, because he was hitting those shots. But nowadays, even with his field goal percentage up, it's on account of his hard work in the post or veteran savvy, not the wild, amazing shots he used to drain all over the floor. And he's still threatening to shoot his team out of games. 

That said, Jackson is a very "trust what works" guy, and Bryant works. Always has. He's hitting at a higher clip than last season and is the most confident player in the game when it comes to what to do on offense. Bryant's not changing anytime soon, nor does Phil Jackson want him to. It's just the cost of having one of the best players in the game at the heart of your team.  Plus, Bryant's ability to improvise creates instantaneous and improvisation defensive issues. If you've gameplanned to stop Bryant in the triangle all week and then he goes into his own device, you're suddenly trying to adjust to a new set of protocols, which often means you're one-on-one with no help. And it's at that point, you're toast. 
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Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:58 am
 

Phil Jackson's balancing act with Kobe Bryant

I think Kobe his being held back on offense, he's the best scorer in the NBA and is not leading the league in scoring and for those who say Jordan was a better shooter, Jordan did'nt shoot as many three's as Kobe so his shooting percentage his higher.also KOBE never gets the calls Jordan got when he was playing ,KOBE is hated on so much that he don't get more props ,he only has one reg season MVP and i believe he should have a few more ,Ihope he passes MJ in titles to see how much garbage they'll be talking...



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 12:34 am
 

Phil Jackson's balancing act with Kobe Bryant

Matt Moore U did it again. Press time and you had nothing. So U made something up. C'mon Matt there's a lot going on right now, figure it out!
      
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p;    First off that picture is totally out of context for the title of your article. Kobe and Phil are like peas and carrots. They go together and get wins. Phil hates to get up and coach a game, and Kobe can't turn his game off. When the Lakers were 25 games out, I thought the  TITLEHOLDERS could lose 5 and still be looking good. Where are the CHAMPS now, 20 left no losses, LOOKING GOOD! Real good! I agree with JBANK in that this is worst coaching time for Phil. He is tired, and thats why he is retiring. Sayonara Zen Master! I won't really miss Phil and the Lakers will be just fine. The Lakers just have to focus on winning in Texas. Thats their only real challenge, to win the western conference. Then its rings for purple and gold! Whatever team makes it to the Finals will have spent everything they got to get there. They won't last 7 against World Champion Los Angeles Lakers!




Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Phil Jackson's balancing act with Kobe Bryant

Careful there you're gonna get the Kobettes all riled up "but he's the best ever" they are saying as I type this. He's got 5 rings blah blah blah. Just wait until Phil hangs em up for good and we'll see what he really thinks of Kobe. He made a few choice comments the last time he took some time off. Kobe looks out for Kobe. He belongs to an amazing franchise, and he's a great talent but his game has major flaws, always has. His shot selection is at times attrocious. He does win the Lakers games on occasion with his shoot first ask questions later style, but he also costs the Lakers games as well. They have been able to win because they have assembled a stellar supporting cast around Kobe, but it doesn't negate the fact that Kobe is a me-first player. Don't give me the rings argument either, because if Kobe played for the Clippers for his whole career you'd see that what team you play for makes a huge difference. The Lakers could have substituted Kobe for a half dozen or more shoot first shooting guards and still have 5 rings to show for it. MJ played in the same offense and averaged more points but also had a wayyyy higher FG%. Why? because MJ had the total package talent, desire, and basketball IQ through the roof. His shot selection was the big difference between the two. If you happen to follow PER (player efficiency rating) there are numerous players that are rated a lot higher than Kobe too. If many Kobettes place him among the true greats of the game, why is this? Prepare for a Kobe love-fest led by XS, Warner, Showtime, Balrog (are they the same person? quite possibly) and the rest of the Kobettes



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Phil Jackson's balancing act with Kobe Bryant

Look back to the years after Shaq left and Kobe wanted out.  They got better before they even added talent because Mr. Rapist decided to get his team involved.

They clearly added talent before they got better. Check their starters from 05, 06, 07.. Kobe, Kwame Brown/ Luke Walton, "Smush ' Parker, Devaen George, Lamar Odom, Chris Mihm, and the list goes on with a bunch of guys that couldn't start on any NBA roster.

In 2007, 2008 The re-acquired derek Fisher, added Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza....  Andrew Bynum turned 21 and started to play. I hate to tell you but the talent surrounding Kobe increased significantly before they got better.

Kobe performed miracles on a nightly basis during those "down talent"  years to even keep the team above water.

The starting 5 in 2004 was 1. Gary Payton/ Derek Fisher
      
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Amazingly Kobe and Devaen George were the only ones left from those players in 2005. I am guessing when you lose 3 hall of fame players and the greatest coach of all time all at once, it is unlikely that you would have much success until some of that has been replaced.
  Also, Jackson has been to 7 Championships with The Lakers and won 5. I wouldn't hold your breath for long as he is planning his 6th in 8 tries.


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Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 6:17 pm
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Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Phil Jackson's balancing act with Kobe Bryant

Balancing act?  All he is does is sit there looking stoned and cash checks while MJ, Pippen, Shaq, Horry, Kobe, and Gasol win him championships...

Phil is not a genius.  He is not even a great coach.  He is an opportunist who has had some of the greatest players of all time on his teams and he won with them running a system coached by his assistants.   (and I am a bulls fan who thinks he got screwed by Krause)  He needs to just shut up and let Kobe win him another ring or two...



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Phil Jackson's balancing act with Kobe Bryant

Kobe ignores the offense a lot of the time and the Lakers still win. He's been doing it for years.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Phil needs to COACH!

First off, I am a big Lakers fan.  I love Kobe and I love Phil, but I am going to go against popular culture and say that this is one of the worst coaching years of Phil's career.  I know that Kobe haters cannot wait to eat this article up, but Phil has shown himself to be an overrated coach over the last few years in honest eyes.  He has lost his ability to adjust and is having difficulty doing what used to be his true great strength: managing strong personalities.  Phil Jackson apologists will quickly point to his winning percentage and 11 titles, but I see deeper.  Phil is also wrongfully credited with building the triangle offense....HE DID NOT... that was long time assistant Tex Winter.  What I see even in the triangle that teams have figured out how to defend it (it was only a matter of time), leaving Phil not knowing a plan B.  Phil Jackson is also terrible at in game adjustments and motivating his team.  It is easy to use Kobe as a scapegoat here, but the other problem is that none of the Lakers are interested in taking shots.  Kobe Bryant has been criticized throughout his career for being selfish and while he could stand to pass it a little more, there is a lot to be said about taking the shot no one else wants to take.

I believe Phil has won because of superior talent and I am no longer blinded by his championship success.  You want a great coach see Popovich, Doc Rivers and Larry Brown.  Phil Jackson is a good coach who has had arguably two of the top 5 players in NBA history to anchor his teams.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Phil Jackson's balancing act with Kobe Bryant

Is this another of Phil’s plows to have Kobe join in and make the team better. Who know why Phil make these off handed remarks and the motive behind them. He did the same to Jordan while a coach in Chicago.

He is into little subtle methods of pricking certain players hoping they will get the message and improve themselves or the team.

He once gave a book to Artest, which it took awhile for Artest to understand why he was selected to receive a book, but after a moment or two Artest was able to understand what Phil was attempting to do.

There were problems Artest had with Phil making suggestions to the media, that Artest thought should have been a locker room conversation.

Other coaches would have spoke about these things in the locker room, however Phil is not like any other coach in the NBA.

Some how I think the method must work the man has enough rings to cover both hands.



“ONE MAN’S OPIONION”





Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Once again, did you go to school?

LatinSyko, you're so retarded that you spell "retarded" "retarteded".  It's called proofreading people.  These things are only a paragraph or two.  It shouldn't take you too long.  Unless you're RETARTEDED like LatinSyko.


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