You've got to love a man who is candid because he's got the hardware to back it up.
Phil Jackson doesn't hold back punches in his books or interviews, so I'm not sure why it's still shocking (but it is) when he says things like the Los Angeles Lakers can't win with Mike D'Antoni and his staff.
In so many words.
On Wednesday, the Zen Master called into The Herd with Colin Cowherd and spoke his mind about the Lakers' future.
Colin asked Phil what he would do if the Lakers called him and said they needed help, and Phil said:
"I would find one of my assistant coaches to work with me to help them just as quickly as possible because I know what they need... I think they need to get back inside, where the strength of their team is and use that presence in there to dominate games. I think there is a way to do that."
We all know the forerunner of those assistant coaches would be Brian Shaw who is the man behind the Indiana Pacers' current defense. As for the getting the ball inside, well, Colin followed up by stating, “Yeah but that's not going to happen with the current coaching staff. I mean we all know that, we understand it.”
To which Phil dropped a bomb:
"You're right. They picked the path to go on and they think that's the future of the NBA and we'll see. We'll see if it is."
You could hear the smirk on the other end of the phone.
This is such a tough situation because while D'Antoni showed a willingness to change his system toward the end of the season, it took nearly an entire season. There's also the issue that he would revert back to a shoot-first mentality once the games got close, despite the fact that that rarely helped them win.
Phil went on to say that he was disappointed in how the players' seasons went, citing Pau Gasol's difficulties, Kobe Bryant's extreme number of minutes and Dwight Howard's misuse.
Basically, Phil Jackson thinks D'Antoni can't win with one of the most talented teams in the NBA, and as usual, he's right.