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Phil Jackson recently spotted at a game of Los Angeles Lakers. The elfache Meister-Coach has no official function at the Lakers, but should have an influence within the organization again.

As is apparent from a feature of the athletic, the former coach of the Lakers should be in contact with team ownership Jeanie Buss and advise them with regard to the future of the franchise. Officially, the “Zen Master” has no function within the Lakers, but should continue to trust the Council of the 76-year-old.

Jackson, who won five titles between 2000 and 2010 with the Lakers, had long been engaged in bus and spends the winter months in Los Angeles, the rest of the year lives Jackson in a house in Montana. The Hall of Famer maintains good contact with Kurt Rambis and his wife Linda, who are considered a trusted of Buss.

Already in 2019, Jackson was probably involved with the Lakers, then he should have been it, who made himself strong for Frank Bird as a new Head Coach. Now, above all, the Personalism Russell Westbrook for Jackson should be interesting as he sees the Point Guard is not known.

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Nevertheless, the influence of Jackson has brisance, as the relationship with Lebron James was never very good. In 2016, Jackson described the companions of James as “Posse”, whereupon James suspected hidden racism behind these comments suspected. Lebron later criticized Jackson for his dealings with Carmelo Anthony, which, as then President of the New York Knicks, thunder took the OKC Thunder.

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Whether Jackson can really influence decisions in the offseason, is completely unclear. Nevertheless, it was surprising that the Lakers presented their former coach in the game against the Golden State Warriors publicly presented.

NBA News – Lakers-Star Russell Westbrook indicates: long breaks ground for back problems

Russell Westbrook has burdened his noble difficult time with the Lakers with a discontent statement. As a reason for his ever-recurring back problems, he called the fact that he had to get pauses from Head Coach Frank Bird for too long breaks and had several times in crunchtime.

“They come and go,” he said about his complaints. “I’m not used to sitting on the bench for such long periods, then to get up and move quickly. You will be a little stiff, if I wake up, it’s the same thing,” he will screens from Harrison’s figs from silver screen and Roll quoted.

This remark can certainly be seen as an allusion to the fact that bird shared his starting point guard last equally several times in the final phase, as he did not agree with the services shown. When winning the knicks he had to observe the entire overtime from the playing edge, against the Bucks he was not allowed to participate in the fourth quarter. His playing time of 34.6 minutes per game is quite exactly exactly his career cut.

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Bird made it clear that “the needs of the team always come first” and it was his primary task that the Lakers would win as many games as possible. He also demanded from Westbrook: “Russians should attack the basket for us and then make good decisions. He has to make efficient scores to have his turnover under control and play hard in the defense.”

With this statement, this could only do little and countered, “I should not prove anything to any1. I have put so much work in my game and earned me so much respect in the league. I do not have to prove anything to any1. I deserve the right to stand in the closing lineup. ” The following game against the Blazers missed Westbrook with the addressed complaints, which nourished Trade speculation. Before the game, Vogel had stated that Westbrook had “very well moved” in training.

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However, there was no trade in front of the deadline, but also because the contract of the former Thunder, Rocket and Wizard barely tradable is (44 million in this season plus option over 47 million for 2022/23). According to ESPNS Dave McMenamin, there were quite votes within the organization that have a positive side to a separation. Among other things, the Rockets had shown interest in a reunion, but the Lakers refused according to Chris Haynes von yahoo Sports, in return for John Wall also to pay a first round chip.

“Our goal is always to bring the team to the best position to win a championship. Ultimately, we did not find a deal that helped us shortly and long term,” GM Rob Pelinka said after the deadline. Also talked to LeBron James and Anthony Davis, now the look at the buyout market, where it can be accessed on March 1st.

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Of course, that Westernbrook is also counting to the team for the rest of the season, which has to go into play-in tournament with a balance of 26-30 (nine in the west). First of all, he has to be completely fit again. He suspects that the problems in the back could be triggered in other places in the body, such as the hip. “I want to make the right things to make sure I can stay healthy and help my teammates in the best possible way when I stand on the field.”

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