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Phil Jackson calls Dwight Howard an Astro, says Lakers will be fine

Jul 7, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Phil Jackson, still taking little digs at other cities just like when he was coaching.

Jackson had tweeted he wanted him to stay a Laker and now has chimed in on Dwight Howard deciding to play in Houston and his first thought is that the Lakers will be fine. Which depends on how you define “fine.” In Kobe Bryant’s championship-or-bust mode I’m not sure they’re fine, but they still have a potentially bright future.

Then he says he’ll be fine as an Astro. Classic Phil.

Jackson echoed what Howard has said — Howard feels this is the best move for him. I have said I think Howard made the best basketball choice and here is why — the Rockets with James Harden and a healthy Howard, plus the talented role players around them, have a potential championship core right now.

Could the Lakers get one via free agency next summer (same with the Mavericks)? Certainly, they could. But Houston has that right now. Which leads to something we heard out of the meetings (and J.A. Adande of ESPN reported before) — Jim Buss didn’t impress Howard’s camp much during the pitch. Howard didn’t trust this Buss and Mike D’Antoni to be able to build what already existed in Houston.

The Rockets are in the conversation, now it falls to Howard to make this a reality. Much like with LeBron James’ decision, a lot of the criticism of him jumping ship dies away with a ring or two. But now Howard has to earn that.

Phil Jackson has 11 rings. He can say whatever he wants.

  1. andyreidisfat - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    @ rockets fans …….

    Seriously, your all like the chick who marries a dude who beat his 3 previous wives and says “he won’t do it to me”. What about Howard has made you guys think he makes you better ?? Is it all the drama he causes ? Was it how he got his coach fired ?? Is it how he thinks he should be the number 1 option yet he has zero offensive game ??? Was it the pride he showed in the big 6 points he scored in an elimination game ?? Is it how the guy clearly doesn’t give a damn about basketball and is more interested in anything else ??? Is it the fact that your highest paid player can’t be on te floor in the last few mins because he can’t shoot a free throw ?? Is it paying a max deal to a guy who will get you less than one more rebound per not even a half a block more and 6 points more than what you had ???

    Seriously, take the misplaced hype away from Dwight Howard and all you have is a guy with a max contract who isn’t even in the top 5 centers in the nba stats wise, not to mention the fact the guy has zero heart and over the past 5 years has been nothing more than a whiney, spoiled, overpaid baby who has gotten players traded and coaches fired.

    If I were a rockets fan I would be pissed right now. The rockets were building something the right way. They had a team that Was building chemistry and learning to play together. They had a budding superstar and roll players falling into place. And now Ll of that will be stifled all because the gm and owner fell for the hype instead of just watching the games. Anyone who watched that final lakers game knows Dwight has zero heart. The guy is now and always will be a loser. It’s just shame he is going to take a young talented team with him once again.

    Oh and before you start talking about the year he went to the finals, understand that was the exception not the rule. He never got back with the magic or even close and then a lakers team that had been a contender for years trades Bynum and gets Howard and is ten times worse even before the Kobe injury.

    Don’t be like lakers fans last year rockets fans. They were all saying the same crap you are. Then they found out what Dwight is really about. They talk bad about him, not because they are bitter he left. They talk bad about him because he came in the first place.

    • louhudson23 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      Nutshell evaluation….

    • 8to80texansblog - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      As a Rockets fan, I’m not a huge Dwight fan. He’s the TO of basketball. Maybe not that bad but close. You can’t deny his talent. But when he’s unhappy he destroys everything around him. Dwight was never happy in LA, he never should have gone there to begin with. Before you start talking about the coaches Dwight’s run off and the drama he’s caused, don’t forget who ran out of town a coach with 9 rings at the time and a 3 time Finals MVP and HOF center.

      The disrespect towards Houston though coming out of LA is just mind boggling. First Shaq calls us a “little town” of 5.6 million people. Then Phil intentially calls the Rockets, the Astros….

      For a city that apparently hates Dwight Howard, you all sure are bitter that he didn’t pick you….

      • Anoesis - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        Real Lakers fans are bitter Jim-boy went after Howard in the first place. (Actually, most Laker fans are just bitter Jim-boy seems to be the anti-Dr. Buss.) Howard wanted to go to NY, not LA, but when he saw he couldn’t force a trade to the team of his choice he conveniently used LA to get out of Orlando.

        Nobody knew Bynum would turn out to have even less heart than Howard, but don’t assume that because there was the typical over-the-top hype about Howard that very many real fans wanted him. I hope for the Rockets fans’ sake it works out for them, but I can’t see Howard’s tired act changing just because you aren’t Orlando or LA.

    • topdawg4ever - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Excellent post!

  2. doublebro - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Let’s not forget that Phil is sleeping with the owners daughter……see what he thinks when the 2nd best team in LA and the 4th best in the state are in the lottery next season….taste it!

    • Anoesis - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      “Let’s not forget that Phil is sleeping with the owners daughter…” Jeanie is a co-owner now, along with all her other siblings. The rest of your post is just as ignorant.

  3. pauliewalnuts90 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Adversity causes some men to break, and others to break records. That being said… Good riddance.

  4. mogogo1 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Phil musty really love Jeannie because I see no other reason for him to get involved in this. The Lakers screwed Phil over with the D’Antoni hire plus Howard never played for him, so why should he care where Howard goes?

    • jonevans511 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      “Screwed over”? Not so sure about that; by saying screwed over you imply that Phil a) needed the job desperately or b) turned down other coveted jobs with the expectation he’d be going back to LA.

      Bottom line, Buss is a jerk-off who made a horrible decision to go with D’Antoni over Phil or someone else. With that said, all sports teams are flaky at tiumes and I don’t blame the Lakers for their decision (for the record I’m not a Lakers fan either). They made their bed with D’Antoni and for some reason they continue to believe he can take them where they want to go. I don’t see it, but then again I’m not a front office exec for the Lakers.

      If anything, Phil’s loving every minute of this. He gets to watch the drama unfold for better or worse, comment whenever he feels like it, and troll Dwight or anyone else for that matter. Frankly, he’s probably just waiting for a panicked Buss to call him in January when his team blows and D’Antoni can’t figure out what defense means. At that point he can decide if he wants to coach again, and if he does he can name his price.

      • Anoesis - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Jim-boy (he isn’t deserving of being called a Buss) would rather take the Lakers down with him than ever pick up a phone to call Jackson. Phil wanted more (especially money) than anyone in the front office, besides Jeanie, was willing to give. She’s looking smarter every day. Jim-boy never liked Phil and wanted to put his own “stamp” on the team. So far that looks more like a tramp-stamp than anything approaching what would normally be up to Laker standards.

        Dr. Buss wasn’t entirely happy with Jackson’s first go-’round as Laker coach and wanted to return to Showtime, with lots of fan-endearing fast breaks. Jerry only rehired Phil in order to add a couple more titles. It would seem that Jim-boy is trying to make his dad’s final wish come true whether he has the personnel for it or not.

        Jim-boy is in over his head and there will be no one to dig him out. Kupchak can only do so much since Jim-boy has the final say about all things basketball. Phil wanted a part-time coaching gig (no road trips due to his knees/hips) and some control over personnel decisions. A better way forward would have been to put him in charge of basketball operations, but Dr. Buss wanted Jim-boy in that position and Jeanie in charge of the finances.

        In all the years Jerry owned the team, having his son take over the most important job in the organization might likely have been the only mistake he ever made.

  5. ddarqwon - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Phil Jackson is now and has been an intellectual fraud and a condescending d-bag.
    Nothing new here.

    • Anoesis - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      If that’s true then I’m going to work on my fraudulent d-bag style, as it apparently gets you gobs of money and shiny hardware.

      Of course it isn’t true. You don’t coach as long as he has, won as many titles as he has, and make as much money as he has if you don’t have the ability he has.

      Intellectual fraud? Getting pampered, over-paid divas to buy into a thinking-player’s offensive system and making it work, while surrounding yourself with smart and capable assistants. And top that off by wooing and winning one of the brighter minds in basketball while doing an extremely difficult job. Yeah, what a dummy. We should all be half that stupid.

      Condescending d-bag? You say that like it’s a bad thing. Let’s see you deal with the aforementioned pampered, over-paid divas, along with a phalanx of glorified bloggers who like to call themselves reporters, and see how long before you become a snarky ass who’s sick and tired of stupid “questions.” Please name someone who wasn’t deserving at one time or another of Jackson’s derision, because I can’t think of any.

  6. Anoesis - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Howard is certainly an Asstro.

  7. cmdrsmooth - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Lakers got knocked off their high horse…they are not the envy of the league anymore. Howard did the right thing, younger, talented team in Houston. It’s his team now, never would had been the case in LA.

  8. redbaronx - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    @Lakers fans – You’re so fun to tweak! Yes there shouldn’t be too much to worry about since the Lakers have money and history on their side.

    But on the other hand the signs are on the wall. Jim Buss is running the show, and in just one year he’s made just about every error possible. Mitch is a great GM, but you get the feeling that Jim is running the show and that’s not a good thing. Magic needs to take Jim out back and smack him around a little so Mitch can do his job if the Lakers want to keep on being successful. Otherwise I think you Lakers fans are in for a banner drought.

  9. lakerwoman - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Phil needs to shut up??? Shaq needs to shut up??? So YOU are the only one with free speech??? GROW UP!!

  10. nflhou0208 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    The Astros have always had good pitchers over the years! Does this mean Jackson has been a wannabe MLB pitcher all these years?

  11. brassosends - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Phil Jackson has 13 rings (11 as a coach, 2 as a player). He can talk basketball.

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