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Phil Jackson Holds Court at the Alex Theatre

At one point during last night’s Live Talks Los Angeles event at the Alex Theatre featuring Phil Jackson and the coach’s former locker room charge John Salley, a Lakers fan sitting directly behind FishbowlLA bellowed, “Fire Jim Buss!” Never mind that the heckle-target is A) one of the team owners and B) a likely future Jackson brother-in-law.

First and foremost, Los Angeles still loves Phil, a sentiment on full display at last night’s sold-out Glendale Q&A. The talk was part of the zen coach’s very active media tour for his new book Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success and benefited from interviewer Salley’s humorous, insider approach.

For example, Salley led off with an anecdote about being hauled into Phil’s office and learning he was being released from the Lakers. Leading him to declare a change in that summer’s plans to smoking lots of marijuana.

Live Talks founder Ted Habte-Gabr tells us around 900 copies of Jackson’s latest were sold on site and signed at last night’s event, along with another couple of hundred books previously purchased. The coach’s responses to questions from Salley and the audience were thoughtful, measured and deliberate. Asked who he thinks will coach the Clippers in 2013-14, Jackson answered it might very well end up being Byron Scott rather than Brian Shaw.

In a nice touch, the set list for last night’s walk-in music by The Grateful Dead, David Byrne, Willie Nelson and others was inspired by mentions of the songs in Jackson’s book.

[Photo credit: Alan Schaffer]

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Live Talks Los Angeles Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

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