Phil Jackson doesn't want to mix basketball, politics


The Lakers have Los Lakers jerseys, but they will not be wearing them. As we told you before, the Lakers are not going to play your immigration law games.

Phil Jackson said later that he didn’t see what the big deal was with the law, or why teams should become involved and protest. That, of course, led to protests outside Staples Center tonight from people who think the Lakers should make a statement against the law.

In response, Phil Jackson released a statement today on the issue.

“I’ve been involved in a number of progressive political issues over
the years and I support those who stand up for their beliefs. It is what
makes this country great. I have respect for those who oppose the new
Arizona immigration law, but I am wary of putting entire sports
organizations in the middle of political controversies.

“This was the message of my statement. I know others feel
differently, even in the Lakers organization, but it was a personal
statement. In this regard, it is my wish that this statement not be used
by either side to rally activists.”

The biggest blow the Lakers could make Arizona? Beat the Suns.