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Los Angeles Lakers: Phil Jackson Needs to Retire

Published by on May 14, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

I’m writing this in the first quarter of tonight’s Lakers-Rockets game six with the Rockets up 13-1.

Time has passed Phil Jackson by. This team is not the Chicago Bulls. It is not even the Lakers team of 1999-2002. Jackson can no longer sit on the bench and watch as his team goes 12 points in the hole.

He needed to call timeout when the score was 6-0 or 8-1, tops. But when he lets the Rockets get 12 points ahead like he did on Sunday, his team is too far out of rhythm to get it back.

They will be fighting an uphill battle for the rest of the game. He also needs to make a substitution early. The score is now 21-3. Jackson has called just one timeout, and Derek Fisher is still in the game. Why?...

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