Jackson is the key for Lakers

Jackson is the key for Lakers

There are 29 comments on the LA Daily News story from May 13, 2008, titled Jackson is the key for Lakers. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Phil Jackson, greatest basketball coach of all-time. An argument that's been made many times.

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Marcus

San Francisco, CA

#1 May 13, 2008
Hopefully Jackson gets 'em to work on those free-throws....
Vandal

Washington, DC

#2 May 13, 2008
Phil Jackson has more title rings than any other coach primarily because he has had the good fortune of coaching some outstanding players. So the question is: Was it Phil's coaching that made them great or was it their playing that made his coaching great?

In Chicago, the early years of Michael and Phil produced no titles. Then there were three in a row. When Michael retired (the first time) there were no titles. Then Micheal returned and there were three more in a row. In LA there was Kobe and Shaq and there were three more titles. Then there was just Kobe and there was one lottery year and two first round exists. Now there is Kobe AND Gasol and things look possible. Let's face it, without a superstar (and sometimes more than one) Phil Jackson is a mid-level coach at best. Let him build a team in a small media market and see how he does. If he succeeds then you can call him "the greatest basketball coach of all time."
canneryrow

Saint George, UT

#3 May 13, 2008
Jackson will accept the credit if they win but it will be someone elses fault if they lose. He was an average player who played with great players. He is an average coach who has won championships with great players. "He worked Gasol seamlessly into the line up..." just like a director works Nicholson seamlessly into his movie. Wow! We would not be having this discussion without the gift from Memphis.
Hank

Harbor City, CA

#4 May 13, 2008
Do you think San Antonia would of won titles without Duncan. LA without Magic. Of course you can't win without superstars. If superstars was all it took, then how come Denver is'nt any better. Phill did build this Laker team. All he had was Kobie and he built the team around him. When Larry Brown was in Detroit, it was when they got Rashid Wallance that put them over the top. Without Malone and Stockton, Utah would not even made it to any finals. It is not easy to coach superstars.
canneryrow wrote:
Jackson will accept the credit if they win but it will be someone elses fault if they lose. He was an average player who played with great players. He is an average coach who has won championships with great players. "He worked Gasol seamlessly into the line up..." just like a director works Nicholson seamlessly into his movie. Wow! We would not be having this discussion without the gift from Memphis.
al gray

Columbia, SC

#5 May 13, 2008
Man up and play ball, and finish at the rim. Luke was that all about??? How could you let someone caught you from half court and block your shot. Wake up or you will lose this series.
James Lee

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#6 May 13, 2008
The anti-Phil Jackson point of view is certainly logically obvious. However, an equally logical argument is that only a coach as good as Phil Jackson can take a talented group of players to the championship. The players have to be assembled, their roles defined and they must buy into it. The Lakers had more talent, including Shaq and Kobe, before Phil got there but didn't win a championship.

The debate will live on forever, even after Jackson wins more championships
Truth

Van Nuys, CA

#7 May 13, 2008
Yeah, its just coincedence that he has all those rings, its just coincedence that he attracts great players, its just coincedence that even with great players Lakers lose but when phil comes with the same players they win championships, its just coincedence his playoff record is amoung the top percentages in the history of the sport. There is no debate, no arguement, or no dispute about Phil Jacksons coaching ability with X and O's, handling talented players attitudes, and winning championships. Every team in the NBA would drop there coach in a heartbeat to aquire Phil Jackson. Enough Said, cause if you think different, your an idoit and your just trying to play stupid. Cause the facts say it all. Or maybe its just coincedence.
canneryrow

Salt Lake City, UT

#8 May 13, 2008
Truth wrote:
Yeah, its just coincedence that he has all those rings, its just coincedence that he attracts great players, its just coincedence that even with great players Lakers lose but when phil comes with the same players they win championships, its just coincedence his playoff record is amoung the top percentages in the history of the sport. There is no debate, no arguement, or no dispute about Phil Jacksons coaching ability with X and O's, handling talented players attitudes, and winning championships. Every team in the NBA would drop there coach in a heartbeat to aquire Phil Jackson. Enough Said, cause if you think different, your an idoit and your just trying to play stupid. Cause the facts say it all. Or maybe its just coincedence.
I guess I am an idoit cause I am not sure what coincedence means.
CHICK HEARN

AOL

#9 May 13, 2008
Hank wrote:
Do you think San Antonia would of won titles without Duncan. LA without Magic. Of course you can't win without superstars. If superstars was all it took, then how come Denver is'nt any better. Phill did build this Laker team. All he had was Kobie and he built the team around him. When Larry Brown was in Detroit, it was when they got Rashid Wallance that put them over the top. Without Malone and Stockton, Utah would not even made it to any finals. It is not easy to coach superstars. <quoted text>
Phil didnt build this team I did,if it wasnt for my brilliance the Lakers would be no better of than the flipers.So give the credit to me,I just wish i was still alive to coach Kobe properly.Without my guidance he will always be Jordans red headed step child.Phil Jackson was and still is a pawn
WATTS113

Blacksburg, VA

#10 May 13, 2008
We had some what of a bad game. I agree we should have won game 4. I mean we had it OT kicked our ass. Like Phill said we need to play as a unit. We looked lost out there in OT. What should we do , what's next? Let's go boys we can do this.!!!! GO LAKERS!! I still breath purple and gold.
sammy

Toronto, Canada

#11 May 13, 2008
CHICK HEARN wrote:
<quoted text>Phil didnt build this team I did,if it wasnt for my brilliance the Lakers would be no better of than the flipers.So give the credit to me,I just wish i was still alive to coach Kobe properly.Without my guidance he will always be Jordans red headed step child.Phil Jackson was and still is a pawn
?????????
gary younger

Los Angeles, CA

#12 May 13, 2008
Agreed on the coaching point, whole heartedly, but I would add this. In the 2 Laker losses in Utah, Fish got into early foul trouble guarding Deron Williams. And this is what led to players standing around later - hoping Kobe would bail them out. I love Fish. I think he's playing better this season and contibuting more now than he ever did when he helped us win 3 previous championships. But being forced out early in the last 2 games means there's a match-up problem. That's not Fishes fault. I think we need to put a faster, bigger player on Williams to start. The winner is... Sasha. Kobe reverts to point assuming his back can take it Wednesday. I'm betting that Sasha on Williams will force Williams into early foul trouble trying to keep up with Sasha. And then we can bring in Fish off the bench to help lead the team to the victory that is theirs for the taking. This is not a punishment for Fish and far be it from me to question who I also believe to the best coach of all time. But I'm wondering if anyone's even thought of this. Also - and this shouldn't be overlooked either. We lost game 4 with more missed free throws than the margin of victory. This won't happen again on our home court Wednesday.
Leonard Gilman

New York, NY

#13 May 13, 2008
Great story, but the Bulls won 55 when Jordan left, down 2 from the previous season.
Yogi

Southampton, UK

#14 May 13, 2008
jackson suck so are the lakers!
Jazz Fan

Seattle, WA

#15 May 13, 2008
The Lakers first mistake was signing Karl Malone. Their second mistake was having an MVP player in Kobe that promised a title. When the Jazz beat the Lakers the curse of Malone will be officially transfered to the Lakers. The Jazz will finally win in San Antonio and go on to win the NBA title.
Jazz Fan

Seattle, WA

#16 May 13, 2008
While the Lakers will not win another title until they pass the curse of Malone onto another team
shaq

Kingston, PA

#17 May 13, 2008
well the reason hes not able to outcoach is because u got another hall of fame coach jerry sloan on the other bench and phil doesnt have jordan either and plz dont say they hav kobe because jordan and kobe r n to totally different classes
shaq

Kingston, PA

#18 May 13, 2008
just to let u know la is my favorite team and kobe is my fav player u jus cant compare kobe n jordan but i believe la will still win the series idk wat this jazz fan is talkin bout sum stupid curse seriously
mayor

Los Angeles, CA

#19 May 13, 2008
Jazz Fan wrote:
The Lakers first mistake was signing Karl Malone. Their second mistake was having an MVP player in Kobe that promised a title. When the Jazz beat the Lakers the curse of Malone will be officially transfered to the Lakers. The Jazz will finally win in San Antonio and go on to win the NBA title.
YEAH, cuz YOUR JAZZ can win on the road right?
WRONG.

Lakers in 7.
ATAT

Makati, Philippines

#20 May 14, 2008
I agree. It's all about coaching. Coach started it and end with it. We really didnot expect Lakers players can really get there on top soon. We see the players comparing detroit and celtics - its really far. And yet miracle by the management - they put them as one unit and fight. Now, they are on top - no excuse to go down and lost. Utah isnt that great after all. MORE ROADBLOCKS TO COME. After this round, they will face the big test to SPURS OR HORNETS? and if they survive - they face the CELTICS FOR FINAL WAR.

Jackson is the man of the hour to regroup and stay alive. NO EXCUSE NOT TO WIN IN THIS ROUND.

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