While on tour promoting his book, Eleven Rings, Phil Jackson spoke with ESPN radio’s Colin Cowherd and expressed his displeasure with the way Mike D’Antoni utilized his top players in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard this past season.
According to Mark Medina:
“It bothers me about the individuals,” Jackson said. “It bothers me that Pau had a season where he had so much difficulty. Kobe had a season in which he had to struggle to help provide the scoring and push himself the limit where he eventually tore his Achilles. Whether that would happen or not playing 48 minutes in a duration of time, who knows. It bothers me that a guy that’s the level of Dwight Howard has looked human, less than human at times. It hasn’t really advanced their game. That’s the biggest thing about coaching. You want players to thrive. That’s your mission.”