Phil Jackson sarcastically wishes Dwight Howard well as new ‘Astro’

Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss take in a D-Fenders game at Staples Center.
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Phil Jackson became the latest member of the Lakers’ extended family to weigh in on Dwight Howard’s departure.

There was a barb or two, predictably, from the former Lakers coach.

He took to Twitter to wish Howard well.


Reflection on DHoward’s exodus. He left a distaste in Lakerland The Lakers will be fine. Pau fits MDA’s style of Off-it was about the future— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) July 7, 2013

Of course, he had another tweet on Howard.

What DH brings to the game is power and D. This past year didn’t show due it to rehab and confusion. If he is better of an Astro, so be it.— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) July 7, 2013

Calling Howard an “Astro” instead of a Rocket is typical of Jackon’s humor.

Jackson also predicted that Pau Gasol would fit better into Coach Mike D’Antoni’s style of offense.

Jackson’s comments weren’t as cutting as Shaquille O’Neal’s, who said Saturday that Howard couldn’t stand the “bright lights” that came with being a key part of the Lakers and was better suited going to a “little town” like Houston.

Howard agreed to a four-year, $88-million contract with Houston instead of a five-year, $118-million deal with the Lakers.


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