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Phil Jackson is not happy about his European vacation

Sep 29, 2010, 1:23 PM EST

Thumbnail image for Jackson_Artest.jpgPersonally, a trip to London and Barcelona sounds pretty good. I could go for one of those.

Phil Jackson? Not so much. Actually he might really enjoy such a trip if it was just him and Jeannie Buss, but in the middle of training camp? This is what he told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin.

“This training camp is kind of a bust,” Jackson said. “You just have to try to do the best you can in this training camp. We’ll try to incorporate these new players, embrace them, educate them in what we do [but] we don’t anticipate in the first two weeks that we’re going to gain any ground, so to speak.”

The Lakers are one of the NBA’s showpieces. They have Kobe Bryant, a couple shiny new Larry O’Brien trophies and a huge fan base overseas. Jackson is set in his ways — Jerry Buss would host Laker training camp in Hawaii every year if he could, but Jackson is good with El Segundo and the Lakers training facility. So El Segundo it is.

Except for the stops in Barcelona (to take on Pau Gasol’s old Barcelona squad) and London this year. Which makes it all a bust. I guess. Somehow I think the Lakers will be just fine, what with a returning veteran team running the same system and all. Just a hunch.

  1. johnmaine - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Giants vs. Eagles rivalry taken to a whole new level as things get a little heated. Video: http://bit.ly/923Bw5

  2. john shaner - Sep 29, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Coaches like to have things as easy and simple as possible. just a hunch

  3. john shaner - Sep 29, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Coaches like to have things as easy and simple as possible. just a hunch

  4. john shaner - Sep 29, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Coaches like to have things as easy and simple as possible. just a hunch

  5. john shaner - Sep 29, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Coaches like to have things as easy and simple as possible. just a hunch

  6. John Skulavik - Oct 1, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    11 Champions in 20 years! I think Phil knows his schitt.
    He’s like all of us old guys…set in his ways and his ways are working very very well.

  7. John Skulavik - Oct 1, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    11 Champions in 20 years! I think Phil knows his schitt.
    He’s like all of us old guys…set in his ways and his ways are working very very well.

  8. The Anti-Crust - Oct 1, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    johnmaine,
    take that polyester sport outa here!!!!!

  9. 24time - Oct 2, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Stern should’ve made the London trip later in camp after the teams had a chance to get more time under their belts. Would’ve made more sense to send them a little more polished. How many minutes will Jackson really play Kobe this early in training camp? Timing could’ve been thought through a little better Mr. Stern

  10. 24time - Oct 2, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Stern should’ve made the London trip later in camp after the teams had a chance to get more time under their belts. Would’ve made more sense to send them a little more polished. How many minutes will Jackson really play Kobe this early in training camp? Timing could’ve been thought through a little better Mr. Stern

  11. LOU - Oct 3, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    As usual Stern doesn’t know what he’s doing. Why not send teams in Nov or Dec to play during an east coast trip when the games mean something and the teams are playing with at their true pro level not some training camp tryout game. It’s show disrespect for the countrys their visiting. How would you like to pay premium money for a ticket to watch Kobe maybe play 6 to 8 minutes a game!!!

  12. LOU - Oct 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    As usual Stern doesn’t know what he’s doing. Why not send teams in Nov or Dec to play during an east coast trip when the games mean something and the teams are playing with at their true pro level not some training camp tryout game. It’s show disrespect for the countrys their visiting. How would you like to pay premium money for a ticket to watch Kobe maybe play 6 to 8 minutes a game!!!

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