Sport: How I Lost The Lakers

In his new book, Phil Jackson dishes on Kobe, Shaq and how to manage a mess

Kobe Bryant was furious again. Waving a newspaper that held a teammate's unflattering, anonymous quote, the Los Angeles Lakers star confronted each of the other players: "Right here and right now," he said, seething, "I want to know who said this s___." No wonder Lakers coach Phil Jackson tried to hire a team psychologist to help him douse the fire ravaging his squad.

But there would be no confronting Kobe about his anger and selfishness. And no championship trophy. In The Last Season (Penguin; 288 pages), the man who coached nine NBA champions in Chicago and Los Angeles describes the turbulent...

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