Phil Jackson believes Jim Buss' appreciation of Andrew Bynum changed the rhythm of the Lakers in their first season without their former coach.
The Lakers hired Mike Brown in the offseason and part of that was to increase the role given to Bynum, but Pau Gasol's play was sacrificed in the process.
"You know, Jim is a guy that, you know, saw Andrew as a kid-- and thought Bynum was gonna be a great pick for our team," said Jackson. "But in the process, I think you know, he's wanted Andrew to have a bigger and bigger role. And I think he's hired his coach to have Andrew have a bigger and bigger role. And that kinda disjointed the symmetry of what the Lakers were really about this last year. You know, Andrew is All-Star center. He was-- did a wonderful job. But, you know, it-- what happened was, it took Pau out of his game. And it took the team away from some of their game. So they changed the style dramatically."