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Phil Jackson says we all need to be more Zen about Bynum

Apr 10, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

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Shouldn’t we have known that if you asked Phil Jackson about what is going on with Andrew Bynum his reaction would have been to relax, let things play out, it will all work out like it is supposed to?

Jackson took time from playing with his Zen sand garden writing his newest book to speak with Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times about Bynum, as the Lakers center has been the focus of controversy lately.

“Bynum is not quite mature, but everyone should relax and watch him grow up,” Jackson said via email. “This year has been a big step for him offensively…nice to see…and when he takes up the mantle as defensive captain the Lakers can get back in the hunt.”

Vintage PJ. Don’t deflate Bynum’s ego with negativity — did you hear that Stan Van Gundy? — but still find a way to point out he has some growing up to do and is not consistent at the defensive end. (As evidence, we present the Lakers blowout loss to the Suns last Saturday.)

You get the feeling this comment might have a bigger impact on Bynum than anything Mike Brown says at this point. Especially if he says it in a team huddle.

  1. qdizzle - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Funny

  2. mluck14 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Phil Jackson reminding everyone that if he hadn’t retired the lakers wouldn’t be a mess.

    • smoothaswilkes - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      lolwut?

      just like last year when the team imploded, stopped listening to PJ, and got torched by Dallas? you mean that kind of mess?

      • chrisppers - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        You mean the Dallas that also beat Portland, OKC, and Miami? I would say that was less about what the Lakers lacked and more about what the Mavs brought.

    • zxrated - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Wrong. The Lakers were a mess last year. They were also a mess in 04 – 07 when Kobe threw Bynum under the bus, asking for him to be traded for Jason Kidd. This is Brown’s rookie campaign and he deserves the same patiences P-Jack got as Bulls HC during the seven year itch MJ had.

      • zxrated - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

        ‘rookie campaign with the Lakers’

  3. dylude - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    So was the main argument of this article that Phil Jackson is a better player’s coach than the 2 coaches that have NBA finalists talent about to mutiny?

    Yes, I think everyone who watches basketball agrees.

    Lemme know when Phil is coming back and then I’ll be intrigued.

  4. dylude - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    So was the main argument of this article that Phil Jackson is a better player’s coach than the 2 coaches that have NBA finalists talent about to mutiny?

    Yes, I think everyone who watches basketball agrees.

    Lemme know when Phil is coming back and then I’ll be intrigued.

  5. Gordon - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Is there an echo in here?

  6. loungefly74 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    i imagine some Ravi Shankar playing in the background when Phil speak….

    agree with Phil. just let AB figure it out himself. i just dont think Brown has the sand to pull in AB by the reigns. if Brown tried, it could escalate and get him “van gundy-ed” in LA.

    damn Phil…i know i’m not the only Laker fan to say i miss the hell outta ya.

  7. BigBeachBall - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    how long can phil stay away from the show….

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      A long time, I think.

  8. mannyfresh209 - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Ho ho homos

  9. zxrated - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    I agree with P-Jack’s quote on Bynum but I’m not a Laker fan that’s yearning for his return. Tex Winter is not coming back with Phil and Tex was Phil’s man at arms. It makes no sense for Bynum to be acting up like this under Brown. Phil never let Drew sniff low post touches, Brown is feeding Drew and convinced Pau to take a back seat so Bynum can shine. Laker fans forget how much trouble Bynum was for Phil. Phil fined Drew for being 25 minutes late to a game. All those speeding tickets, handicap parking violations, and the playoff meltdown that caused the 4 game suspension this year happened on Zen watch. Phil tried to tell Drew it’s time to grow up in 2007 when he fined him. Now he’s becoming a Rasheed Wallace/Ron Artest menace in the eyes of the refs. Bynum has not earned the right to test the refs yet so he better get a grip quick or that label will stump his superstar potential.

  10. thebigcaptain2011 - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Did Phil say this before or after he smoked a j?

  11. 91devinhester23 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Phil Jackson: smoke weed every day

    every day.

  12. tipstopten - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Phil, old enough to make millions time to grow up or go home.

  13. africanballer - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    Phil is right about Bynum, thats all i gotta say

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