Phil Jackson Calls Out Kobe Bryant: Is the End Near for the Los Angeles Lakers?

January 4th, 2011 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »
After the Lakers suffered an embarrassing 104-85 loss to the 14-19 Memphis Grizzlies, Phil Jackson did something that is quite un-Phil Jackson-ish.

In the postgame press conference, he openly criticized Kobe Bryant for trying too hard to take the game over.

"Kobe had to screw up the game and start energizing the team by going one-on-one," Jackson said. "That takes the rest of the guys out and as a consequence, that didn't bring us back in."

That is something that sounds like it would come out of Stan Van Gundy's mouth.

Later, after the Internet freaked out and the world seemed to think that Phil Jackson was blaming the loss on Kobe Bryant's selfish play in the third quarter of that game, Jackson clarified the comments.

As it turns out, Jackson meant the term "screw up the game" to be some formation of "crank up the game", meaning he was just trying to define what it was Kobe was trying to do in the third quarter.

Jackson was trying to explain why Bryant took 12 of the Lakers' 22 shots in the third quarter, something that led to the Lakers' downfall to a much less talented team.

Call it a mix-up of ...

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