Good Call: Kobe Sits Out

Charlie JonesContributor IFebruary 9, 2010

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Not to toot my own horn but when I asked the question, is it time for Kobe Bryant to sit, I didn't get many responses. Low and behold Kobe Bryant is sitting and the Lakers are winning! 

A good prediction on my part.

With all the comments I've made about how Phil Jackson coaches this team and those comments being dismissed as non-sense. Those commentors may want to revise their opinions.

How my opinion of Phil's philosophy to let the players go through tough times to make them better for the playoff's is usually written off as me not knowing what I'm talking about because if they don't get every advantage they can they will not be champions this year. If you agree you may want to look at Phil Jackson's records.

Saying Phil isn't aiming for the best record in the league or attaining the first seed out of the Western Conference and being called silly and told how it's not the right thing to be doing considering how tough the Western Conference is. You may want to look up some facts.

Champions are not always the first seed out of their respective Conference. The 1994-95 Houston Rockets, a sixth seed, were the lowest seeded team to win the NBA Finals, they swept the Orlando Magic (57-25) in four games. 

You see you have to get inside the head of Phil Jackson, and that really isn't that difficult. His ultimate goal is the championship. Not first seed. Not best record, the championship.

Would those other achievements be welcomed? Of course. Is it something to focus on? No.

While gaining the first seed gives you an advantage it should not be your ultimate goal.

For the record holder in most wins in almost every category letting your team solve it's own dilemmas is a normal thing to do but something most analysts can't wrap their heads around. Each team Phil has coached is different and thus will have different solutions. Phil does not try to mold his teams, he works with them. He helps them find their strengths and weaknesses and allows them to correct those weaknesses.

He is like a father. A great father.

You cannot sit their and preach at your players, who are making millions and believe they now what's best in every situation, day in and day out. You cannot treat them like children and limit them to what you think they can do. You make suggestions and then send them on their way. When they fail you reiterate your points of view and hope they get the message. Eventually they start to incorporate your way of thinking and you don't have to do much. If they succeed you congratulate them on their successful independent thinking.

If I recall it was Kobe who came to Phil and told him he would be sitting out.

All those critics who write off the Lakers because they won't be the number one seed or may not even make the playoff's before those are mathematical improbabilities are, for lack of a better phrase, blowing their load too early. They also can't fathom the idea of letting your grown-up adult players make crucial game time decisions and letting them fail. Failure is an integral part of success. Without it you cannot be successful.

I guess that's why no one else is as successful as Phil Jackson.