Phil Jackson offered a few sound bites to a Chicago radio station Friday, speaking at length about the 2012-13 Lakers and the challenges coach Mike Brown faces in blending talents like Steve Nash and Dwight Howard with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
“You want Steve to have the ability to have the ball with confidence that he is doing the right thing and feeling like he can run the team, and getting the ball to Kobe in critical situations is important because that’s what his best role is standing out in the moments of crisis or the moments that are critical. And the inclusion that you have to have to make (Dwight) Howard feel a part of it. So all those guys have to find a little role. …”
Jackson also talked about meshing the skills of big men Howard and Gasol.
“(Nash) is a guy who can kind of make it easier for Howard to be a player inside,” Jackson said. “Pau can move around in the post and move up to the high post and he can be an outside defender and that can help out in a variety of screen-and-roll activities that maybe Howard might get himself in foul trouble having to defend all the time. So, they’ll be able to do a lot of things with a more mobile and quicker Pau Gasol.
“This is a team that you have to find an offense that is going to work and include everybody because Kobe dominates the ball and Steve Nash dominates the ball. Then you’ve got a player who needs to get the ball in good spots to work for his offense. That’s Gasol, obviously, in a couple of spots — low and high post.
“Howard really is a low post player. He needs that ball in the post.”