Jackson Has Bynum’s Back

Phil JacksonWhen Phil Jackson was asked his opinion of a photo of Andrew Bynum, he came to the defense of his young center:

“You know what, I think there’s a lot being made out of that that’s unnecessary … Andrew’s a 21-year-old guy who’s been out of basketball for six weeks, and he’s got to have some energy and have some fun. I don’t know if putting a girl on your shoulders or not is (the way to go) … But the fact that people are beating him up about it, I think that’s crazy. Andrew’s doing fine and he’s going to be fine.”

Jackson was much more concerned – for the better – with Bynum’s claim on his official website that he’d been playing 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 under Mitch Kupchak’s watchful eye.

“I think the best news out of his blog that he sent out is the fact that he said he thinks he’s going to play in a regular season game,” he said. “That shows me some confidence. The last time I talked to him before we left on this road trip, Andrew said he was ‘Hopeful.’ But this time he sounded confident.”

Here’s the pregame audio of Jackson’s comments not just on Bynum, but on Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats.

Among Jackson’s most interesting comments was a description of what made Jordan such a special player.