[Phil Jackson] will retire for a while. But I don’t know how long you can go to Montana to meditate or smoke peyote.
Rick Carlisle, bringing us back to Earth.
Thanks Rick, ya douche. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE MOMENTS!
It’s a journey that begins with a simple step. This 1000 mile journey, you gotta remember that each game is that step that you take along the way.
Phil Jackson has just taken his last steps.
They were not glorious. They were not praised as genius.
They were humbling. They were embarrassing.
But nobody, not one person, will look at this series and question or try to tear down the accomplishments of Phil Jackson. His is arguably, and to some (myself included) unquestionably, the greatest coach in the history of professional sports.
I am not a religious man, but I consider myself blessed to have been raised in Chicago in the 1990s, and to see Phil and his disciples play the best basketball ever seen.
Thank you, Zen Master.
My secret theory on the Lakers
I think the reason the Lakers can’t communicate with each other and figure out what they should be doing is that most meetings is just Kobe blaming everybody, and the other guys are either too scared to respond or don’t care because they have clubs to get to.
Also, Phil Jackson is already in Montana as we speak. He had a super high-speed bullet train installed underground. Only he, Jeanie, and Luc Longley know about it.
Basically, this Lakers team is horribly flawed, focusing primarily on Pau and the bench.
Apparently your zen ways have led you to be too relaxed to create a logical rotation.
You got greedy, old man. And none of your sass is gonna fix it.
(pic via The Basketball Jones)
That’s because the Lakers failing wasn’t a matter of missed shots or tough breaks. It wasn’t even poor execution. The team simply shut down. The Lakers didn’t need to work out their issues. They needed to be slapped in the face. But Phil doesn’t do that. He never has. He believes in letting his teams figure these things out on their own. Last night, nothing ever got figured, and by the time he stepped in, there was no more lead to protect.
Great article by C.A. Clark on a man whom I love very dearly, but isn’t coaching like he needs to.