Phil Jackson has done a ton for the Los Angeles Lakers and their fans, helping them win five championships while bringing the franchise back to glory after a decade of irrelevance. Laker fans will forever be grateful for that. With that said, it is officially time to turn the page. Jackson will now be the enemy of the Lakers, and everyone needs to come to grips with that.
Think about it; his new franchise, the New York Knicks, will be one of the biggest competitors for future free agents for the foreseeable future. Few organizations can compete with the Lakers as far as just throwing money at players — the Knicks are one of them. So now is the time for Laker fans to distance themselves from the “Zen Master” and not make him bigger than the Laker brand.
That means on Mar. 25, when New York comes to town, no “we want Phil” chants. By doing that you are conceding the Lakers are now beneath Jackson’s current team. Don’t think for one second Jackson isn’t going to be the first person to try steal the next great free agent from Los Angeles, and don’t think for one second he won’t use his inside knowledge of the organization against them. This first situation could occur during the summer of 2015 when several key free agents could be available with the Lakers and Knicks both having cap space.
If Laker fans continue bashing the front office and taking Jackson’s side, where do you think someone like Kevin Durant is going to go when given the choice? Exactly. It’s time to let it go, it’s time to move on and it’s time to choose sides. If you are with the purple and gold, now is the time to turn in your Zen card.