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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. ESPNLA.com 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.
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Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:43 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

As always, much ado about nothing.  PJ says things that are fairly benign, but he media jumps all over those comments and gives them a life of their own. 



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:43 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra


Below is a previous thread from Bostonchampcity:

Dont worry heta fans, the Celtics will take ccare of the LA Lakers this year and stop them from getting number 11.  We have better players and a better coach.  Not sre the lakers will make it though. 

I will translate since he must be typing in the dark.  "Don't worry Heat fans, the Celtics will take care of the LA Lakers this year and stop them from getting number 17.  We have better players and a better coach.  Not sure the Lakers will make it though."

Hmmm...let me see if I can break down this train wreck of a thread.  The Celtics will stop the Lakers from getting #11?  I can't figure this one out.  The Lakers got their 11th championship a long time ago.  Sorry.

We have better players and a better coach.  Hmm, really.  Jackson 11 rings, Doc 1.  Kobe 5 rings.  Garnett, Pierce, and Allen three combined.  That was easier.

Here is reality Bostonchampcity:  Your team is old.  You have a fat center who was at the top of his game ten years ago.  You have a great coach.  Your bench is adequate although you never made up for the loss of Eddie House.  As far as the Lakers go:  They have the best player on the planet in KB24.  One of the most talented seven footers in the league in Gasol.  A rebounding machine in Odom.  An aging point guard who rips the heart out of his opponents with his big shots.  And of course the best head coach ever. 

Advantage Lakers.






Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:28 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

I think Phil can retire happy now anyway.  As far as FU'ing Riley.  He spent a decade doing that to Riley's Knicks and Heat when he was coaching the Bulls.  Riley is WAY behind Phil in the coaching department.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:10 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

When you win, you have the spoils of victory.  If you want PJ to be quiet, you have to kick his backside.  Phil wasn't running smack when the Lakers were losing.  Had the Lakers lost to the Celtics last year, Phil would be as quiet as a church mouse peeing into cotton.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:07 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

I can hear LeBron at the seasons end allready:  "We just need more talent on this team, maybe if we had a couple more allstars I could win a championship"


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Since: Mar 29, 2009
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:00 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Yeah, I think it's just Phil doing his thing.  Although he is the best in the business at juggling egos, he also despises Pat Riley.  So I find it hard to believe that he would line up to become Riley's employee.  Also, if the Lakers win the championship over the Miami with their trio of all-stars, that may be the ultimate FU to Riley and Jackson can retire happy.  That is assuming that Miami finds a way to play together and doesn't get bounced out before the finals.  Because right now there are a half dozen teams playing better ball in the East, including the Bulls who are without Carlos Boozer.  I know Boozer is no Mike Miller or anything, but still I think he will help the team when he comes back.



Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:43 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE NOT WATCHING WHAT IS GOING ON. PHIL IS SIMPLY PHIL BEING PHIL......THERE IS A SIMPLE STRATEGY HERE SPEAKING THE TRUTH WHEN EVERYONE IS THINKING THE SAME THING BUT NOT SAYING IT, THERE WAS A BOXER THAT DID THIS TO THROW HIS OPPENTS OFF, YOU REMEMBER MOHAMMED ALI? THE LAKERS WILL BE JUST FINE...REMEMBER KOBE?



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:43 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Hahahahahahaha.  Did I just read that Doc Rivers is a better COACH than Phil Jackson?  Man that is some good stuff. 



Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:39 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

The problem with the Heat is lack of effort.  They thought because of who they were (the big three) that they could just walk through the regular season and playoffs right into the title.  They did not work during summer leauge and are not working right now.  If Pat takes over the coaching duties then watch out Lakers because this team will be very hard to beat.  I personally do not believe that the Lakers or the Heat will be in the Championship this year.  There are to many wild cards in the mix after all the moves this off season.  Orlando will be a very tough team to beat down the stretch as will the Spurs if they stay healthy.


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