One of the greatest Los Angeles Lakers of all-time on the basketball floor and in the front office is without a doubt the sharp shooting legend Jerry West. Mr. Clutch’s time with the Lakeshow is officially over and the Lakers recently showed their appreciation for his contributions to the franchise by giving him a bronze statue outside of the Staples Center, but the Logo had some choice words for certain people in the organization in his new book called West by West.
Jerry West did comment on the Kobe-Shaq feud in his new book by saying that Kobe Bryant was being difficult about the situation and that got people talking, but it was the relationship between the Lakers GM and head coach Phil Jackson that has really turns heads in Los Angeles. It was no secret that the West and Jackson didn’t really have the best relationship during their time together, but it seems that the things were worse than once thought.
Apparently, Jerry West and Phil Jackson weren’t very civil or pleasant when working together in the Los Angeles Lakers organization. This is what the former Lakers GM had to say about the Zen Master in his new book:
”So one of the problems I had with Phil was this. His office was right near mine and when he would arrive in the morning, he would walk right past and never even bother to wave or duck his head in to say hello. He would later say that he felt the need to stake out his territory, that on top of that he was ’a wack job,’ but I am sure it was more than that.”
“Phil and I had no relationship. None. He didn’t want me around and had absolutely no respect for me–of that, I have no doubt.”
These problems look like they could have easily been avoided by simply respecting one another other and actually acknowledging each other’s existence. I’m not sold on the notion that Phil Jackson was the tough one to put up with here as the Zen Master has had to deal with some difficult egos in his time like Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and of course Kobe Bryant and was able to be praised by all of them as a great man and mentor.
Regardless of what really happen between these two NBA legends, this book West by West sounds pretty interesting and must-read for all Lakers fans!
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