These are from hoopsworld dot com:
"Coach Phil Jackson stopped by Lakers practice Monday morning, accepted handshakes from his players, and launched right into a lecture on an element of the triangle offense — with discussions of feel-good reunions and hip-replacement surgery left for another time. Jackson was more than a passive participant in returning to a part-time role less than a week after last Tuesday's procedure. He is still up to three weeks from returning full time and will not join the team tonight in Fresno for its first exhibition against Utah, but he sat in on the coaches' meeting and then watched more than two hours of Monday's practice." Los Angeles Times
"While assistant coach Kurt Rambis wondered if the Lakers were ready to take on learning a new element of the triangle offense, Jackson "shoved it right down their throats," as Rambis put it. Jackson stopped by the Lakers' scrimmage Sunday night and returned for more than three-quarters of Monday's practice. He's still walking with a cane and has to regain his stamina before returning to the job full-time. "Even from last night to this morning, he was spryer today and barking out commands to the guys," Rambis said. " You can tell the itch is there with him. He's eager to get back." Los Angeles Daily News
"He [Kurt Rambis] would be in charge of the Lakers while head coach Phil Jackson recovered from right hip replacement surgery. His voice would be the voice of authority for the players. His commands would be the commands the Lakers would follow. His knowledge would be shared with the players. Now whether or not this leads to Rambis taking the controls of his own team one day remains to be seen, but he remains hopeful that he'll be given the opportunity to be THE MAN. "I would love to be a head coach in the NBA," said Rambis, a Lakers assistant coach and former player. "That's my ultimate goal." Riverside Press-Enterprise
Rambis has the respect of the players, and that has gone a long way during camp. They talk about how he is a great tutor, about how he speaks his mind with authority but doesn't insult a player. "If Kurt had 12 guys that he had never met before, I think he can get them to play for him," Lamar Odom said. "Kurt is real easygoing. If you can't play for a coach like that, then you might have a problem." Riverside Press-Enterprise
The Zenmaster's great, It appears there's electricity in the air @ Lakers training camp w/everybody being on the same page from coaches anxiously eager to lead their team to enthusiastic players already committing themselves for what should be a Laker season full of intensed EXCITEMENT. GO-LAKERS!!!
Thanks for posting these. A better source for the daily Lakers news snippets though is the Lakers blog on latimes.com (http://lakersblog.latimes.com/), they post links to the full articles as opposed to just paragraphs from them. They also have great player interviews and other stuff on there too, highly recommended for your daily "what's the media writing about the Lakers today" fix.
Nice!! Two people I would love as GM 1. West 2. Phil!!!!
Other then that -1. Isiah Thomas -2. Kevin Mchale NOT!!!
How about this scenario...
Phil moves upstairs taking an ownership interest (again, due to Buss) AND they hire West as a consultant (they will keep Mitch as GM because West doesn't want to displace Mitch and he is Buss' boy).
THAT would be a nice brain trust!
I am guessing he would be the PERFECT GM for a team that HE is coaching because he knows what he wants.
he's no fool
The reason I raise the question is that I don't think he handled the Kobe/Shaq situation as well as he could have. Thats a skill that I am not sure he has. Obviously, West had those mad skills to make players get along with each other.