View Full Version : Phil clarifies comments on Kobe

01-03-2011, 11:10 PM

"When a game starts getting out of hand -- and rightly so -- Kobe will crank it up, not screw it up," Jackson said. "I used that term 'screw it up' but not in terms of it being an error or a mistake, but 'crank it up.' He'll go to another notch to try to get us back in the ballgame. That's something we do in the fourth quarter, that's our fourth quarter action, that's how we win ballgames. To have to crank it up and do that in the third quarter, we didn't have much left in the gas tank after that."

Bryant admitted Jackson's assessment was not off base, but said it is his role on the team to bear the brunt of the scoring load from time to time.

"[Jackson] was right, I totally broke the offense, but I did it intentionally because I felt like we needed to get something started because what we were doing just wasn't working," Bryant said. "So, I tried to kick start it and sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't but that's my responsibility. When it works out? Great. When it doesn't? I'll take the criticism for it, but I have thick enough skin to be able to do that. ... You just have to take the good with the bad. That's part of my job in the seat that I sit.

"I was trying to win the damn game. We were playing like [expletive], we all were, so I was just trying to get something going, trying to pump a little energy to us and it just didn't work out. But Phil doesn't really care how many shots I take, he just wants me to take them inside of the offense. [Sunday] was one of those days where I was like, '[Expletive] the triangle, I need to get myself going and try to save this damn game,' and it just didn't work out."

Bryant did not take offense to the message.

"When you've been around Phil for as many years as I have, we all understand that he likes coaching publicly and I think it's important for the new guys to understand that -- Ron [Artest], Pau [Gasol], guys who kind of have issues with that," Bryant said. "You see myself, you see Fish [Derek Fisher], we understand that's how he coaches so it's fine. You just let him do his job and you go about your business."

Gasol said that last season he was irked by Jackson going to the press when he was out with a hamstring injury and "joking around with it a little too much," but accepts the practice.

"Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't," Gasol said. "With me, I try not to pay too much attention to it. I find out from you guys when you say, 'Phil just said ...' and I'm like, 'OK.' That's just part of his coaching strategy and mindset. That's the way he does it and guys, I think, respect him and understand why he does it. He doesn't try to create any trouble; he just tries to motivate guys to do better."

Gasol, who is averaging just 13.7 points on 10.5 shot attempts per game during the team's current 2-4 slump over its last six games, described what it is like to play with Bryant when he commandeers the offense.

"We're all familiar with his game and his ability to score and his ability to take over games," Gasol said. "Sometimes it's a double-edged sword because it can keep you in the games or even sometimes win you games, but it can also lose you games. I think we're more effective and we're more successful when our offense is balanced and everybody is contributing. We all know that. We're in good shape when everybody is scoring 10-plus points and getting good looks, because the offense will do that for you."

The Lakers placed just three players in double-digits Sunday with Gasol scoring 10 and Shannon Brown chipping in 11 to go along with Bryant's 28 points. Coming into the Lakers recent struggles over the last six games, Gasol was averaging 19.8 points on 14.8 shot attempts per game.

While the issue about Bryant's scoring was seemingly put to rest, Jackson pointed to another potential reason for the problems the Lakers are going through -- outside distractions.

"[The challenge] is keeping them intrigued and immersed in what we're doing so they don't get bored," Jackson said. "We're a little afraid that some of the outside activity is an element that may be distracting them. I never thought that would happen. I thought we had professional guys. But, maybe it is."

Among the extra-curricular activities surrounding the Lakers this season have been Artest's championship ring raffle, Brown's engagement to R&B singer Monica, Lamar Odom's proposed reality TV show with wife Khloe Kardashian, controversies surrounding Bryant endorsing Turkish Airlines and appearing in a commercial featuring gun play for the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops and even Fisher fulfilling his role as president of the player's association with a lockout looming.

"I wouldn't name names," Jackson said when asked which distractions he was referring to.

All in all, Bryant said that the trials and tribulations facing this season's three-peat bid are nothing compared to what the Lakers went through in the early 2000s when he and Shaquille O'Neal feuded over control of the team.

"We had some deep-seeded issues on that team. That was a very dysfunctional group. This is not that," Bryant said. "It looks pretty grim right now, but I like the way we're working."

Bolded part was interesting to read. Kobe comparing the team back then to now.

01-03-2011, 11:15 PM
hmmm... Im not sure I buy Jackson's attempt to spin his comment... but I respect Kobe immensely for taking the criticism like a man.

01-03-2011, 11:21 PM
What I have a problem with is guys like Bynum and Pau speaking out on the current woes of the Lakers. Pau says he needs to see more attempts but went M.I.A down in the block and got bullied by his little brother on both ends of the floor. Bynum speaking out about how their should be "consequences" for disturbing the offense was despicable. Wilbon was right today on PTI saying the biggest Laker's concern is that they all don't agree on the current scenario. The only guys that should be speaking on this is Fish & Kobe. Not another word from the others.

01-03-2011, 11:21 PM
He didn't spin it as he in the video had this "oh **** that came out wrong" look on his face when he said "screw up"

I also think people need to take into account that Spero (LA play by play radio analyst) said that Hamblen and the coaching staff spent all of halftime yesterday getting on Pau and Ron in front of the team for being "indecisive, passive, and lacking effort"

Pau and Ron no showed, got called out for it, and didn't step it up in the second half. In fact they sulked, which is why Kobe called both of them out by name and said they need to develop thick skin and learn to deal with Phil getting on and questioning them. It is also why he made the comment about praising Lamar's effort that he has given in this 3 peat and saying there are "guys who need to take his lead and play like 1 or 2 titles is not enough for them".

LA's problems start and end with the guys impersonating Pau Gasol and Ron Artest. Right now they are playing like the worst big (Drew and LO have been better for the past month) and wing (Kobe, Barnes, and Luke have been better) on the team.

Sig it, quote it, whatever ... Either Ron and Pau step up over the next month or one or both will be gone because this isn't about just right now but about the future of the team as this season by Kobe, Phil, Jeanie, Jerry, and Mitch's own admission was all about Pau showing he was capable of leading and them being willing to take a step back and have him earn his proverbial captain stripes. He is failing miserably at it as of right now and isn't giving Kobe or Buss any reason to think he can carry this team as its alpha when Kobe becomes a 20ppg game or retires.

01-03-2011, 11:26 PM
After reading the original comment and watching the video of the comment, I agree that Phil meant what he meant. Maybe he was under pressure by the Lakers brass to retract or maybe he felt it came off too harsh. But he meant what he meant.

01-03-2011, 11:26 PM
Genius spin by the Lakers marketing department, but given the tone of his voice in the comment, I'm not buying it. But I agree with Deleja, Kobe did what he thought he had to do, and it didn't work. He acknowledges that and moves on, as he should.

The dude's a boss btw, I'm still laughing at "Sunday was one of those days where I was like '**** the triangle'!"

01-03-2011, 11:29 PM
You guys might be right that he did mean it as "turn it up" like they're now saying. Regardless, that part's largely irrelevant. I think Kobe's comments here are the meaningful ones.

01-03-2011, 11:29 PM
ya... I really respect that Kobe came out and was brutally honest and has no problem taking the blame when his shot selection doesnt win them a game. PROPS to him

01-03-2011, 11:32 PM
This is amazing, the zen tactics dont sease to amaze me.

kArSoN RyDaH
01-04-2011, 01:53 PM
now people need to relax.

kArSoN RyDaH
01-05-2011, 02:00 AM

01-05-2011, 05:19 AM
This is typical Phil... It doesn't matter what he meant by it, all that matters is that he is getting the attention of his team. His genius is not necessarily the X's and O's but rather the psychological aspect of coaching. Look at what he has said/done over the last couple days.

I would be utterly shocked if the Lakers do not increase their play exponentially over the next stretch of games.

Phil is just planting the seeds right now.

01-05-2011, 05:21 AM
Phil scared.