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Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:57 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:03 pm
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson takes some shots at the Miami Heat and the future of coach Erik Spoelstra. Posted by Ben Golliver  phil-jackson

Say this for Los Angeles Lakers legendary coach Phil Jackson: if he ever decided to leave the bench, he would be an incredible blogger. Jackson has always known which buttons to push and when to push them, and the morning after a surprising, embarrassing double-digit Miami Heat home loss to the Indiana Pacers, Jackson took to the radio airwaves in Chicago to needle the Heat and embattled coach Erik Spoelstra. transcribes some of Jackson's comments. First, he opines on Miami's 8-6 record, far short of expectations, is the result of the team "coming together with some real talented guys, and not having a base."  Jackson then went on to speculate that Miami's summer signings -- LeBron James and Chris Bosh -- may call on Heat president Pat Riley, a former championship NBA coach, to take over the reins from Erik Spoelstra, a talented but young Riley coaching disciple. 
"The scenario that sits kind of behind the scene, is that eventually these guys that were recruited -- Bosh and James -- by Pat Riley and Mickey Arrison, the owner, are going to come in and say, 'We feel you [Riley] can do a better job coaching the team. We came here on the hopes that this would work,' and whatever, I don't know," Jackson said. "That's kind of my take on it, is that eventually if things don't straighten out here soon, it could be the Van Gundy thing all over again."
Back in 2005-2006, of course, Riley pulled a similar stunt, taking over for coach Stan Van Gundy roughly a quarter of the way through a season that ended with an NBA title. From the moment James and Bosh joined Dwyane Wade, the whispers that Spoelstra was a dead man walking began. As with all of his public comments about competitors, this shot is a public mental test for Riley, Spoelstra, James and company. It will be very interesting to see how they respond, and whether anyone takes the bait.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2010 9:11 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Sorry Phil Jerkson Will Never Coach In Miami And I Wish all the nonsense will stop about winning a ring blah blah blah. all this focus on one team is just ridiculous.  miami will win titles nobody is looking for immediate resolve to a team lacking parts.  i am a die hard heat fan not a lebron fan but hey he is on my cities team so i accept it i never thought a title was given just because we signed to forwards to play with an awesome guard (Wade) they will work on it and i guarantee by the all-star break things will begin to look a little better with spoelstra still coaching..Laughing

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2010 1:48 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Kobe Bryant spent a few years in NBA Siberia after Shaq left because there was no team left after the rebuilding started. It was depressing to all Laker fans and to Kobe. Now they are reloaded top to bottom... with Bynum still rehabbing and they are rolling teams over. With Miami`s stars not gelling yet and having the most horrible bench in the NBA... it`lll be a few years before they win anything there.. no matter who is coaching. Mike Miller won`t help, neither will Dampier... they will have to build a solid roster which will be difficult now with their struggles to win.. who will play for nothing and not win in Miami?

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2010 1:34 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Spoelstra will probably be a good candidate for the Clipper job right at about the all-star break i figure.

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 10:31 am
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Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2010 9:41 am

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

  • Stop your Cry. For entertainment purpose only.  You sould as if you've accomplished a lot in your time.  It's true that we do have legitement winners out there and none have to do with any sporting team.  Yeah, Lebron and the Heat made a big deal to have a big deal to win a championship.  Just because of these early mis-Q's.  Don't think for one minute they won't be there in the end.  If you know anything about sports, with the exception of amature atlethics.  These folks know when to turn it on and keep it going.  So sit back and enjoy the Drama.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2010 9:28 am

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Wronskian: quiet as a church mouse peeing into cotton...

LMAO! Thanks for that line, Wronskian. That gave me a great laugh. Laughing

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:35 am

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Jackson said what everyone knows will come to pass. Riley is a vulture just waiting to swoop in and take his prey. He'll feed from the carcass of Spoelstra and take the reins. Hopefully, they'll fall short just like every other team James has been on.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 11:37 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

I think this says more about Jackson than Spoelstra.  Jackson is one of the elder statemen coaches in the league and, on the basis of his coaching record, a legend.  Spoelstra, a young guy relatively new to the profession, is already in a very difficult situation. Expectations are high and his team is inundated with injuries.  LeBron has already gone public on him about his minutes.

Now, for reasons known best to him, Jackson is seemingly trying to turn up the heat on this young guy (pardon the pun) by speculating about his ouster.  Jackson need not stoop to this level.  By doing so he has violated the convention of professionalism that usually guides relationships between coaches.  In fact, I doubt many NBA players would stoop to say that another player, even a major rival, might not be in the league soon.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 10:03 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

This whole Lebron / Heat thing is a total joke.  It's pretty comical that the media continues to give attention to these athletes that have produced nothing or very little in terms of championships within their respective sports.  All you need to do is look at two specific people... Lebron James and Brett Favre.  Both are big-headed jerkoffs that bitch and cry about everything, and then point the fingers at others when things don't go their way.  Between the two, they have played a combined total of 27 years of professional sports, yielding only ONE championship in aggregate.  If you add another hot-headed, complaining, cry baby jerkoff, Dan Marino, make that 44 years (17 season for Marino), with yep, only ONE Championship (zero for Marino).  If you add Charles Barkley (and I like Barkley), well, you get the point.

The bottom line is this, Lebron James will most likely never win an NBA Championship, and we all know that Brett Favre won't win another NFL Chmpionship.  The sports media needs to spend its time on athletes that are real winners, those whom won multiple championships and are leaders amongst their peers and within their respective communites.

Who cares are Brett Favre and Lebron James?  They are irritating and a total waste of time. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:59 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

It does not matter who the coach of the Heat is now, it is a no win situation. If a champi0nsip is not won, the expectations are not met. If by some miracle, a championship is won, it is what was expected from the team to begin with, so no big deal. Riley may do a better job, bun winning it all will be almost impossible. Without a point guard, center, and no bench to speak of, they have an uphill battle, this does not even include the meshing of the 3 huge egos. The Lakers are still the best team so far in the Nba. Can the Heat win it all? It is a possibility I guess. Do I believe that they will win it>? Absolutely not.

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