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Derek Fisher says maybe Phil Jackson isn't really feeling the love

Jun 28, 2010, 10:09 PM EST

Fisher_Jackson.jpgWe’re all talking about LeBron James decision, and the fruits of that tree.

We forget that Phil Jackson is making a decision this week. One that could have more of a bearing on the next NBA champion than where LeBron lands.

Phil Jackson and everyone around him have said it’s about his health, not about the money and the pay cut owner Jerry Buss wants him to take. But in an interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com Derek Fisher said it’s not the money so much as what it represents.

“As much as it is about his quality of life and how he’s feeling, his energy levels,” Fisher said, “I think his decision could be easier if he wasn’t maybe feeling as though he’s not being fully appreciated, which is how it ultimately makes you feel.”

There have also been reports that Fisher’s decision to return to the Lakers is tied to Jackson. He danced around that question saying he doesn’t think of it like that.

“I think it’s an interesting debate,” Fisher said. “I think you could go either way, depending on who you are. In my opinion, I could be as valuable or more valuable to the team if, unfortunately, Phil wasn’t back. Because then a lot of the value I bring in terms of leadership and the things that’d be necessary to be able to hold it together during that type of transition would be even more important.”

  1. Jimsjam33 - Jun 28, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Please , in this day and age , it doesn’t matter if Phil Jackson returns to coach the Lakers or not . The championship legacy belongs to the Lakers and the city of Los Angeles . It does’nt belong to a player the status of Jerry West , Magic Johnson , or Kareem Adbul Jabbar . Coaching is important , but not as important as the team , just ask Pat Riley , who by the way , was the greatest Laker coach , by virtue of the fact that he started the winning tradition the Lakers enjoy .
    Yes , Phil Jackson has been wonderful as the Laker coach and his contributions are duly noted , now let the man decide if he’s had enough . He’s earned the right to that decision .
    If he decides to leave Byron Scott has proven he is a worthy coach and I’m sure he will continue the Laker tradition of excellence .

  2. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    How can Phil not feel the love? I love him. He is my destiny!

  3. The Dude Abides - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Begone, foul dwimmerlaik! Leave Phil in peace!

  4. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jun 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    The Dude: I certainly appreciate your care for My Phil. I love him also. I hope to begin a physical relationship when I meet him. Isn’t it fun to have this kind of love?????
    Thank you for your concern, The Dude. I will let Phil know of your care.

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