Phil Jackson had plenty to say last night at an event in Los Angeles. Not only did he reveal that he’s an unofficial consultant to the Lakers, he also shed some light on Kobe Bryant‘s remaining goals.
According to ESPN, Jackson said that Kobe’s priority is winning another championship – which would tie Michael Jordan‘s total of six – and he also wants to surpass MJ in the all-time scoring list:
[pullquote]Phil Jackson isn’t quite sure when Kobe Bryant will return to the court next season, but he’s convinced Bryant won’t leave the hardwood for good until he at least ties Michael Jordan’s six titles and surpasses Jordan on the all-time scoring list.
“His goal is another championship,” Jackson said Thursday. “He also has a chance to replace Michael Jordan in the all-time scoring list. Those are two goals, with the first one being a championship, that Kobe would like to accomplish.”
Bryant, who has five titles to Jordan’s six, is fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 31,617 points, behind Jordan’s 32,292.[/pullquote]
The fact that Kobe wants to win another ring is no secret. In fact, a report last week even revealed that Bryant wants another “two cracks” at winning an NBA championship with an aim of winning “at least seven rings”.
Additionally, the revelation that Kobe wants to pass up Jordan on the all-time scoring list doesn’t seem all that shocking either, especially seeing as he he only needs another 675 points to move ahead of MJ – that’s only about 27 games if Bryant can come back from his Achilles injury and average 25 points per game.
But, at the end of the day, it’s all about the rings, so the Lakers will have to do their best to put a contending team around him and, of course, it all starts with Dwight Howard‘s decision this summer.