No one would know the LA Lakers better than their coach, Phil Jackson, and he doesn’t think they can win 70 games, or at least that’s what he was saying after their first loss of the season to the Denver Nuggets. Here’s some of his reasoning…
“It’s not going to happen [for us].”
“We have a team that’s an older team and we probably don’t have to push for 72-10. That’s not what’s important about our season. Our season is to maintain a balance and hopefully have distance [between us and the rest of the field] and can finish in a position where it would be the best advantage for us in the playoffs.”
For some reason, no coach wants to set 70+ wins as a goal and it’s probably to avoid the pressure and possible disappointment that comes with that goal. I don’t agree with PJ. The Lakers have been playing well this season and they’re missing an All-Star caliber center in Andrew Bynum. On top of that, Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, and Theo Ratliff are new to the team but LA hasn’t missed a beat.
Phil Jackson added, “It’s a lot of fun to win a lot of games, but ultimately, as Ronny Harper made a T-shirt up, ’72-10 don’t mean a thing if you don’t win the ring.’ And so, that’s what it’s all about.”
I can’t argue with that logic, but I can’t stand when coaches make it seem as if breaking wins records will somehow cost a team a Championship. Herm Edwards said it best, “You play to win the game.” As long as this team plays like they have been, I like their chances no matter what Phil says, he’s probably just using some Zen techniques to motivate his team.
Kobe was asked about what Phil had to say and he said “I don’t say anything, I just agree with whatever Coach says. You know Phil says stuff to stir the pot, don’t wrap me up into that crap. He said it; he’ll stand by it.” It should be interesting to see how the team plays until Bynum comes back, whenever that is. Hopefully he can finish out a season healthy so we can see this team’s true potential.