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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: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:37 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

I guess he is kind of an expert. Is there anyone else that has had to "coach" the kind of talent Jackson has? He should count his blessings and STFU.



Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:25 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Phil Jackson knows Pat Riley is just getting his ducks in a row.  One or two more weeks and "Mr. Three-Peat" will be in charge of the Three Amigos.  NO more playtime boys.  Time for the Heat to at least make the Lakers work before the 2011 Lakers Championship is consummated! 



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 5:17 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 .Cool



Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:47 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

It's pretty obvious that Pat Riley wants to coach this team so that he can win another ring. I don't blame him. Too bad for headcoach Spoelstra who will be fired by mid-season. The Heat have clearly underachived thus far.

Go Lakers!



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:41 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

The Zenmaster is playing games with the Miami organization and nemesis Pat Riley, interesting to see how this plays out over time.   Riley will probably fire Spoelstra and have to take over.  Probably demote Spoelstra to another part of the organization so it does not look so bad on paper.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:35 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Phil Jackson is possibly a bigger jerk than Shaquille O'Neal - and the NBA is going to miss both of them (possibly as soon as next year).  I dislike Phil Jackson, but it is FUN to root against him.  He is the guy you love to hate, and the guy who loves to be hated (which is why always appears so awkward when they through acclaim his way after each championship).  There HAS to be a bad guy in order for the game to be entertaining.  Phil has done his part - once he retires, who will be the "evil mastermind" in the game?   

To me, Jackson is like Darth Vader - you can root against him if you want, but the show might not even be worth watching if he is not in it. 

(I am not sure anyone has ever been called a jerk in this compimentary a fashion). 



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 4:03 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

@ROWDYCOWBOY:

Ever since Jackson was fortunate enough to coach Michael Jordan...all time great basketball player...he's been wanting to coach the "great ones of their generation" since. 

He came to L. A. and has coached Shaq and Kobe and now Kobe.  Kobe is in the twilight of his career while LeBron is entering his prime. 

This just wasn't a "shot across the bow".  There's a deeper message here Phil is sending to Miami and it's this.  "When my Lakers win #3 this year, I'm available to come to Miami and show you guys how it's done." 

Phil in Miami, next year, bank on it.



I'm not sure where you got the impression that Phil was openly campaigning for the Heat head coaching job because his comments suggest that he thinks Pat Riley will assume control just as he did in 2005-2006 when the Heat struggled early and Riley eventually replaced Stan Van Gundy.  For the sake of argument if there was any job other than the Lakers that Phil would be interested in I would think it would be the Orlando Magic, as he has previously mentioned that he would start a team with Dwight Howard over James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul.  Then again that was before Wade and James became teammates.  You're reading too much into it, this is just Phil being Phil, notice how he's manipulating the media coverage back towards the Heat while the Lakers are flying under the Radar?  Big game tonight between the Lakers and Bulls and he's commenting on the Miami Heat.  That's why he's the Zen Master.




Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:35 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Phil Jackson is not going to coach in Miami, PERIOD!  LA is his final destination.



Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:12 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Phil may be lining up his next job in South Beach....SMH



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:52 pm
 

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

The Zen Master is at it again. I like!


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