LOS ANGELES -- Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson called his relationship with Kobe Bryant at times a "psychological war" and sought to trade Bryant in January, according to Jackson's diary, an excerpt of which will be published in next week's issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Phil Jackson, left, writes that he and Kobe Bryant eventually reached a truce but that it wasn't enough to win a title.
The diary of the 2003-04 season, "The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul," will be published by Penguin Press and is due out later this month.
Jackson said the strain between him and Bryant led him to hire a therapist to consult with during the season, according to the Los Angeles Times, which printed excerpts from the magazine article in its Tuesday edition.
"I do know that there were many occasions this year when I felt like there was a psychological war going on between us," Jackson wrote. "Amazingly, we came to a truce, even to a higher level of trust. Ultimately, though, I don't believe we developed enough trust between us to win a championship."
Jackson wrote he became so frustrated with Bryant that he told general manager Mitch Kupchak in January, "I won't coach this team next year if he is still here. He won't listen to anyone. I've had it with this kid."
At the time Mike Montgomery took the job, I thought it was a no-lose situation for him. Best case: he'd get the credit for making winners out of Golden State when no one else in the last decade-plus could. Worst case: