The Lakers might have passed over Phil Jackson this season to make what would have marked his third coaching stint with his team.
But the keeper of 11 NBA championships, including five with the Lakers, still exerts his influence. It turns out Jackson has become a trusted mentor for Lakers center Dwight Howard.
“Phil, he texts me and he understands how it is to come off back surgery,” Howard said. “He just said it takes a full year to recover, so you can’t beat yourself up over the things that have happened this year.”
It’s good that Howard and Jackson are close. It’ll make the transitioned much easier once Mike D’Antoni is canned and Phil takes over.
And hopefully Phil can stop Dwight from saying things about his former teammates that he shouldn’t say.