Andrew Bynum continues to be one of the best big men in the league and the biggest headache for the Los Angeles Lakers. We now have an idea of how former Lakers' head coach Phil Jackson would handle this situation, and it makes me all the more nostalgic.
Whether it's shooting three-pointers or missing meetings, Andrew Bynum has become an issue. Phil Jackson has chimed in with his solution—Relax.
The coaching legend sounded off on the situation recently with LA Times' Mike Bresnahan and coolly delivered exactly what was needed.
Bynum is not quite mature, but everyone should relax and watch him grow up. This year has been a big step for him offensively…nice to see…and when he takes up the mantle as defensive captain the Lakers can get back in the hunt.
It's fitting that Bynum used the term Zen to explain why he chose not to take part in a huddle during a recent game, via ESPN.
I don't take part in the huddles. I'm resting ... getting my Zen on.
Ah, kids these days.
Mike Brown, you can send a gift basket to Jackson at your earliest convenience, because he just did your job better in one quote than you have all year.
Bench Bynum and he becomes even more petulant. Like a child you send to his room, he will make you pay once the door is opened.
Jackson is the best because he gets people more than he ever did basketball, and he was damn good at the latter as well.
Brown took exception to Bynum chucking a three out of nowhere a couple weeks ago, so he sat him, presumably to think on what he had done.
Jackson's approach would be far more, well, Zen.
In just a few short words, Jackson called out Bynum for being immature and applauded him for being a crucial point of this team, and one that could help them win down the stretch.
Like a song stuck in his head, Bynum will walk around LA for the next couple weeks wondering where this sudden urge to prove himself came from.
Jackson works on a subliminal level, and that isn't a level that any other head coach can operate on. The Lakers are high drama in the best and worst sense of that word, and Jackson is the only man who could properly squeeze wins from that fruit.
Mike Brown, you are good, but Jackson is the best, and this job demands the best.