Yesterday, Phil Jackson took the Lakers on one of his famous playoff “field trips.” When I heard about it, nobody had any clue what that field trip was going to be. Now, we all know. The Zen Master took the team to the movies. From the O.C. Register:
Sensing something even more oppressive than the humidity in the air, Phil Jackson told his players upon returning to the hotel after practice that everyone would reconvene downstairs to catch the team bus again at 7:30 p.m. Attendance was mandatory.
And come nightfall, Jackson lifted his team out of this foxhole, freed them from the constant, constant, constant stress … and took them to the movies.
The Lakers watched “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” Denzel Washington’s new thriller and a mainstream flick that could serve as escapism for one and all. Without worrying about how the next ball might bounce, they bonded as a team – detaching the players from their distracting families who are allowed on this one NBA Finals trip of the season.
This is a helluva strategy by Phil. Watching bad John Travolta — and, really, is there any other kind of Travolta at this point? — works miracles for one’s confidence. Personally, when I ever get down on myself about my creativity or writing, I just pop Battlefield Earth into my DVD player. Ta-duh! Confidence restored. That man is a walking, talking Razzie waiting to happen.
In all seriousness, watching Travolta ham it up for a couple hours with one of the best actors alive in a poorly reviewed Tony Scott ‘splosion fest — ridiculous action, incoherent plot and a lots of scenes that are shot/lit to look that blue color he has a hard-on for — is probably a pretty good way to escape and move past a loss. Let’s just hope the Lakers don’t emulate Travolta’s filmogrophy over the last decade during the rest of this series, because if that happens we will be crowing Orlando as the new NBA champs. My guess is that tonight will be the Taking of Orlando 123 (with only one more win to go).