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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: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2010 10:43 am

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

You need a Diva to coach Diva's! Plain and simple.  Erik Spoelstra may be a good coach for a team like New Jeresey, but Miami needs a coach on the same level as a Phil Jackson, Pat Riley etc.

I'm starting to wonder is riley enjoys doing this sort of thing to stroke his ego!?!  Make one coach look bad, and come and save the day!

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:38 am

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Who cares about Brett Farve and LeBron James?  Apparently the fans, otherwise the media wouldn't promote them.  The reason why the media don't focus on what you call "real winners" like Kobe Bryant is simply because they are just not interesting, unless he is out raping. As far as Dan Marino is concerned, last time I checked football is a team sport.  If Marino had a team around him including a running back and a defense, he would have won at least one ring.  Sound like you are just bitter because the suckjob Raiders have never had a qb close to his caliber.  Hummm, but you have won championships with a good team?! They actually further my point. 

Enjoy you endless years of mediocrity with your senile owner and your queer fanbase in your homoerotic costumes

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:26 am

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Its four weeks into the season you douche!

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2010 7:41 am

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

We all say lots of things about Spoelstra. But the truth is he hasn't won anything... His teams don't advance in the playoffs... Clearly teh Heat management saw weakness on this team as having quality players so the signed James and Bosh...This team with Wade is not even strong on paper... The heat are getting what they bought.....The starters after the first 3 are bench players and the bench is made up of futue unemployed NBA players... What a weak team the Heat built....

Thhsi team is not going anywhere this year. They don't like to practice... They don't like defense, They can't score.. They also can't win it appears...What did the Heat fans expect... Quick jump off the bandwagon and don't buy those seats and jerseys...

Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2010 2:04 am

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Phil Jackson is nothing more then a troll. Everyone feed the troll a banana.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: November 25, 2010 8:14 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

After Pat Riley takes over on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas Day in Canada), we can all start a discussion over who is better at "needling".  Is it Phil Jackson off the court or Philip Rivers on the field?

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2010 6:04 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

After another disappointing loss, is the Erik Spoelstra death watch in place?  Spoelstra is a promising young coach, but he may be in over his head with these guys.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: November 25, 2010 4:36 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Phil will say anything, true or not to gain an advantage.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2010 12:11 pm

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Sorry Phil Jerkson Will Never Coach In Miami And I Wish all the nonsense will stop about winning a ring blah blah blah. all this focus on one team is just ridiculous.

Why would Phil Jackson want to coach in Miami?  After Lebron stated he was taking his talent to South Beach and they way your team made it into a big deal how could you not mention winning a ring.  Not a ring next year but a ring now!  If you didn't want all this focus maybe you should root for another team.  How could there not be a "focus" on this one team?  Especially when they aren't winning with the talent they have.

Phil is a great coach and he definitely knows how to get into an opponents head.  The first game between Miami and LA will definitely go to the Lakers.

The Three Stooges have just left the Orlando Arena...........................

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: November 25, 2010 8:22 am

Phil Jackson questions future of Heat's Spoelstra

Miami doesn't even look close to a good team. It's such a jumbled mess out there. Sure they have the big three, but ...that's it. They are getting manhandled by teams like the pacers. Honestly, I'm fine with it. 

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