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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 19, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:19 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

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. 

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:03 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra


The Heat haven't had the starting five healthy all year and everyone acts surprised??!! The starting five is Wade, James, Miller, Haslem and Bosh and I think they played like one gane together healthy.  This is an injured team with a bunch of new faces I feel sorry for the rest of the league when they all come together in shape which most likely won't be till next year.  At least it's give people one more year to Kiss the lakers and celtics rear before they start getting crsuhed by the Heat .

A lot of teams haven't had their starting five healthy all year, so stop making excuses.  Also who said Wade, James, Miller, Haslem and Bosh were the starters?  Haslem was coming off the bench and it's safe to assume that Mike Miller would also be used in a reserve role. Most teams can deal with injuries due to the depth of their rosters but the Heat are handcuffed with the Three Amigos and therefore are forced to recruit NBA rejects like Jerry Stackhouse, Juwaun Howard and Erik Dampier.  When you spend over $327 million for six years you would expect a better record than 8-6.  Although it's still early in the season needless to say this isn't what Pat Riley and Heat owner Mickey Arrison envisioned.  So far this is an overated team that has yet to produce anything and they will remain under scrutiny until they prove otherwise.    

I suggest if you want to see some real basketball and team chemistry watch the Lakers and Bulls tonight, also I can't to hear what Charles and Kenny have to say about the Heat.

Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:47 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

I fully agree  has got to go he couldnt coach a biddy basketball team to a win even if it had Michael Jordon on it! So much for the Phillipino experiment! LOL

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:46 pm

Phil Jackson skullf**ks Heat's Spoelstra

I love this move.  It is a long season though, I'm sure the Heat will figure it out when the playoffs roll around.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:40 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

If anyone should be called "Mr. 3Peat" it should be Phil Jackson not Pat Riley!

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:20 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

I agree Jackson just answered a question, but thats all that Wade, Bosh and James also ever did.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:59 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

He should count his blessings and STFU.

Um, Why?  Phil Jackson was asked a question and he answered it -- and his answer was no different from what a myriad others have been saying at some level:

   (1) that the Heat need "time to come together" and
   (2) that if the Heat don't start winning on a regular basis Riley might decide to replace Spoelstra

Jackson did not "take to the radio needle the Heat" or Spoelstra.  He merely made a comment about the level of the Heat's play todate and the scenario that creates where the coach could get replaced -- hardly anything the Heat, Spoelstra and the rest of the world did not already know.  When it comes right down to it though, I don't care who you've had on your team, I think I'd pay attention to a coach with as many championships as Phil Jackson...especially over anybody, myself included, posting on this site about the talent, coaching or championship aspirations of any team in the NBA.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:53 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra


They should, they would, they could. All doesnt matter until they can prove something!

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:44 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Does anybody remember 'The Decision'? ESPN wanted you to believe the world stopped spinning for and hour or so. Then does anybody remember the introduction of the new 'Miami Heat' to the media and all its adoring fans? They had a party atmosphere-full of smoke effects, streamers, balloons, confetti, etc. You could've swore they were celebrating a championship or something. Only thing was when this was going on, I looked at the calender and it said 'July'. They don't hand out the Larry O'Brien trophy in July. Then you look at their record...all I can say is I hoped they enjoyed that party in July.

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:41 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

The King has spoken !

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