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I blame Phil Jackson

Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: May 9, 2011 11:44 am
Ron Artest melts down. Then Lamar Odom. Then Andrew Bynum.

I blame Phil Jackson.

Not for each of the three, no. Not for Artest in particular. But the next two? And the last one, Bynum's elbow to Jose Juan Barea's throat just 45 seconds after Odom mugged Dirk Nowitzki? Of course I blame Phil Jackson.

That's his team. Those are his players. And everything they do on the court -- whether they win or lose, and whether they play like sportsmen or punks -- is a reflection of the coach.

Again, Artest is on his own. He does his lunacy act late in Game 2, and that's Artest being Artest. Lamar Odom follows up with his own senseless act late in Game 4, and I'd be inclined to give Jackson the benefit of the doubt there as well.

But for it to happen again? This time by Bynum? Less than a minute later?

That's on Jackson.

It's on Bynum more, of course. He'll have to live with the repercussions of that cowardly act of violence, the biggest player on the court taking a sucker shot at the smallest player. But it's on Jackson, too, for not making it clear to his team -- down 30 points with less than 8 1/2 minutes to play, the game way out of reach -- that Lamar Odom's punk move would be the end of it.

Jackson didn't make that clear. You saw the result.

But Jackson is a hands-off coach, anyway. Have you ever been to a Lakers game? It's shocking how little he coaches his players during the game. For timeouts, his team comes to the bench while Jackson walks onto the court with his staff. As the players sit there, Jackson ignores them, doodling on his pad as if he's drawing up something. Maybe he's playing Sudoku. In any event, when a game official gives the 15-second notice, Jackson finally walks over to the huddle, leans in for a quick word, and it's over.

Great coaching.

Apparently Jackson does all most of his coaching during practice. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt there and assume that he actually teaches something when we're not watching.

One thing this team never learned: class. And that's on the head coach.

Category: NBA
Tags: Phil Jackson

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:39 pm

I blame Phil Jackson

If I coached Michael Jordan,the hall of famers Phil has coached and the money Jerry Buss has spent building the Lakers I could coach and win at least 10 NBA championships.
Those 6 championships with Jordan were tough all Phil had to tell his players was to give Michael Jordan the ball and get the hell out of his way. 

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:12 am

I blame Phil Jackson

great post. Jerry Sloan actually "coached" teams that were never ready made and they won all the time.

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:48 pm

I blame Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen( for 6 of those championships), free agency and the bankroll of Jerry Buss. That's all he needed.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 7:21 pm

I blame Phil Jackson

I remember Phil Jackson going way back. Back to his days as a New York Knick, when he was a hollow-chested, non-scoring power forward with a quirky personality, who looked like he was made out of coast hanger wire twisted together. Which may be why, when he became a coach, he looked so good in a suit.

Thirteen NBA titles later, two as a player and 11 as a coach, I think Phil just got a little burned out. For good. And stayed a year too long. He had a great career for a guy from a Div II university in the Upper Great Plains. If the rest of America had that kind of meritocracy, we might be a better country.

Enjoy your retirement, Phil. And thanks for the memories.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2011 1:09 pm

I blame Phil Jackson


Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:24 am

I blame Phil Jackson

what do Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Alphonso Soriano, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, and Andy Pettite all have in common?

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 4:30 pm

I blame Phil Jackson

Those of you who don't think Jackson should take any of the blame, apparently have never been in charge of "full grown men who are responsible for their own actions" in the real world. Having been, I can tell you, you ARE responsible for their conduct. As for "ready-made teams", as I recall, the Yankees have done quite well with them. I'm pretty sure Joe Torre (who by the way, as a manager, never won anything when not in New York) will make the Hall of Fame as a manager with some of those "ready made teams". Seems to me they won several championships. Same as Jackson.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:59 am

I blame Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson is not at fault for the classless play, he is however at fault for failing to make right adjustments on offensive and defensive game plan. They played very poorly defensively...they allowed Dirk to score relentlessly. Never really did anything to stop the Mavericks from executing their offense. Offensively they looked slow, they should have used more speed and screens. They were too predictable in their shooting, which is why they had poor offensive rebounding. Never established a firm pick and roll game, which was essential to their previous championship runs. Phil Jackson seem oblivious of the adjustments needed, and the team didn't know what to do except resort to bad fouls.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:21 am

dork blames Phil Jackson

10 rings.  Most "pre-made" teams don't win championships or the yankees would win every year.  You wrote a stupid article, is it your boss' fault?  No, it's yours goat boy.  pick on someone your own size.

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:15 pm

I blame Phil Jackson

Because the Head Coach is the manager and leader of the team,  a lot of this is on Phil Jackson's hands.  Once Odom pulled off his bush league stunt on Dirk, PJ should have sat the  gangsters players down and asked them who wants to play and who wants to sit.  He had to know someone was going to cut loose.  Everyone of these guys has been taking heat for their play this year and someone was going to crack.  If Bynum wanted out, he should have just refused to go into the game instead of knocking Barea like a wideout over the middle in heavy traffic. The veteran players like Fish, Bryant know better and Artest wore out his welcome mat with the cheap headshot on Barea and the knee to the ovaries on Odom.   It would have been more authentic if Bynum would have gone after Haywood, but that is a different kettle of fish.

I don't know what happened after the game, but I hope PJ said something to Barea about the incidents.   No one likes to lose especially fierce competitors like PJ, MJ and Jerry West.  The message has been said many times before: "In order to win, you have to learn how to lose."

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