Phil Jackson on whether he thinks Dwight will re-sign: “Would you if you felt like your game wasn’t going to be featured?”


Phil Jackson was on The Dan Patrick Show today to promote his new book, Eleven Rings, and he spoke about various subjects, including Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers.

When asked whether he thinks Dwight will re-sign with the Lakers, Phil seemed to doubt that Howard would go back to the purple and gold if the offense in place next season isn’t post-play friendly:

[pullquote]Would you [re-sign] if you felt like your game wasn’t going to be featured?[/pullquote]

Phil was then asked what he’d do differently to Mike D’Antoni if he was the coach of the Lakers right now:

[pullquote]You have to play in to Dwight Howard. You have to re-establish him as the center that he potentially was going to be. This year, I don’t know, he had 4 or 5 less touches in the post. Most of the things he got in there were on the move.

[Post-play] is not Mike’s style. I don’t blame Mike for that – that’s the ownership or the management made that decision. That was the decision that they have to live with.[/pullquote]

Phil’s thoughts seem to echo those of sources via Stephen A. Smith and Dave McMenamin over the last 24 hours, with a great deal of Dwight’s decision apparently resting on whether D’Antoni is still coaching in L.A. next season.

Also, don’t forget that Phil is obviously extremely close to a key member of the Lakers in his fiancée, Jeanie Buss. It’s not as if Phil is just using guesswork when it comes to Dwight’s future: there’s likely some insight from Jeanie in there too.

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Written by Ross Pickering

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