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09-15-2011, 04:07 PM
[BJerry West: Phil Jackson 'had absolutely no respect for me'
By Elliott Teaford on September 13, 2011 2:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | ShareThis
Here's a tidbit or two on Jerry West's strained relationship with Phil Jackson from West's new book, courtesy of Tim Kawakami, a columnist for our sister paper, the San Jose Mercury News, and a former Lakers beat reporters for the Los Angeles Times:

--West and Jackson clearly had a distant relationship from the moment the Lakers brought Jackson in to coach Shaquille O'Neal and Bryant, and West confirms it all.

West says he was definitely troubled by Jackson's relationship with Jeanie Buss and was put off by much of what Jackson was doing (Jackson's first year was West's last with the Lakers).

"So one of the problems I had with Phil was this," West writes. "His office was right near mine and when he would arrive in the morning, he would walk right past and never even bother to wave or duck his head in to say hello.

"He would later say that he felt the need to stake out his territory, that on top of that he was 'a wack job,' but I am sure it was more than that."

West compares Jackson's attitude to Pat Riley's reach for more power after winning titles as the Laker coach, but West suggests that Jackson's display was a colder version to experience.

"Phil and I had no relationship," West writes. "None. He didn't want me around and had absolutely no respect for me-of that, I have no doubt."

--West re-counts and confirms one of the long-rumored tension points-West says Jackson threw him out of the locker room after a game, personally ("Jerry, get the f- out, I'm not finished here yet," West quotes Jackson as saying, though West adds that Jackson later said he didn't know it was West.)

West said he quickly left the locker room and didn't ever respond to Jackson's action.

"I wasn't going to lower myself and get into a p- contest with him," West writes.


09-15-2011, 05:15 PM
They need to settle this in the Octagon.

09-15-2011, 05:39 PM
I love Phil, but the guy is incredibly arrogant, which is a good thing for the teams that he coaches, because really its what allows him to work with superstars.

I dunno, can't hate on either... Phil got us 5 rings, and Jerry as a GM got us Kobe and Shaq

09-15-2011, 05:58 PM
Jerry did a lot more for LA then getting Kobe and Shaq together. My question is how much did PJ's bad relationship with West cost us in the long run? I mean other than the Pau trade (which seemed to have Wests prints all over it) what has been done in tearms of quality trades and aquisitions since Jerry's departure? I mean look at all the trades that didn't go down. (KG, Dirk, Kid, ext.) I mean we got nothing for Shaq IMO and I won't mention the Kwame disaster(and the fact that he was trade fodder in the Pau deal means nothing to me).

09-15-2011, 05:58 PM
Not surprising. This sort of thing happens in every office environment; just because this is professional sports doesn't mean everything is all bright and sunny all the time.

shep33 is right. Phil Jackson is an arrogant human being in general, and it worked out for the betterment of the organization and for both guys in Phil and Jerry.

09-16-2011, 01:33 AM
if they had been friends and both stayed with the lakers all this time...we'd have a better roster and more chips. damn them for being enemies lol

09-18-2011, 08:01 PM
Two huge egos clashing.

09-18-2011, 11:15 PM
Bummer they didn't get a long. At least it didn't take a toll on what mattered most.

09-18-2011, 11:35 PM
Kind of explains Kobe's early attitude towards Phil and vice versa considering Kobe's relationship with Jerry West.

09-18-2011, 11:42 PM
Tag team match !! Phil & Shaq vs West & Mamba !

09-19-2011, 10:06 AM
I thought Jerry left because of Jim Buss not Phil Jackson. Tell's me how much we really know.

IDB Josh M
09-19-2011, 10:49 AM
Maybe Jerry Reinsdorf really wasn't the problem in Chicago...

09-19-2011, 11:01 AM
Hmmm...trying to think back when Kobe pulled the bring Jerry West back or trade me I'd rather play in Pluto incident... wasn't Phil the coach at the time? If so, was that a subtle jab at Phil? Interesting...

09-19-2011, 08:38 PM
Coach and GM relationships are not always perfect, But people need to respect each other nonetheless. Phil was straight out of order with that, He didn't need to be his BFF, But he did need to show mutual respect. If those two just like Shaq and Kobe could just learned to co-exist I can see at least 3 to 4 more rings out of that tandem. The debacle of 2004 and being short in 08' as well as this past season would not have happed with Mr.West still on board. It's amazing what p***y can do to a good working situation.