If you’re on the Celtics‘ side of things, there are probably a million things that drive you insane about the Lakers. Whether it’s all things Kobe, Jack Nicholson constantly giving your coach and players an earful on the sidelines, Sasha‘s constant flopping and whining, etc., you have lots to choose from. And we’re sure that all aspects of Phil Jackson‘s act ranks right at the top of why you hate the Lakers.
Today’s Boston Herald takes a look at some of the games Phil’s been playing in interviews and press conferences to get the Celtics out of their game and says that they’re trashing Phil’s rep as a coach:
If you can’t beat ’em, play mind games.
For the Lakers – and for Jackson, in particular – the problem in the Finals is he seemingly has been playing mind games throughout, albeit to no avail. In the days after Game 1, Jackson all but mocked the sight of Paul Pierce [stats] being in a wheelchair after twisting his knee. Had Bryant been the one carried off the floor, one can only wonder how Jackson’s perspective might have changed. As a result, Jackson came off as a sore loser, the kind of man who is never impressed by anything for obvious reasons.
I’ve won nine titles, you know.
All of that brings us to Game 2, a game the Celtics generally dominated, though they did have to hold on for dear life. By the time the smoke had cleared, the Celtics had 38 free throw attempts and the Lakers had 10. Jackson subsequently noted how disgusted he was that Leon Pow finished with more free throw attempts (13) than his team.
Never, said Jackson, had he seen such a discrepancy in free throws “in all my years in the Finals.”
That statement alone was pretentious enough to make you choke on your tofu.
Entering in the Finals, while much of Boston believed the Celtics would benefit from homecourt advantage and win the series, much of the country saw a 15th Lakers championship as a foregone conclusion. Los Angeles was the favorite by a 2-1 margin. One of the primary reasons was Bryant. One of the others was Jackson, the philosopher coach who was a master at handling players.
By last night, with the Lakers on the verge of elimination, one could only wonder how much of a hit Jackson’s reputation was taking. Following the Celtics’ Game 4 victory, much of America was suggesting that the C’s Doc Rivers outcoached Jackson in the Finals, which speaks to on-court issues. Off the court, Rivers was simply blowing his counterpart out of the water, avoiding excuses and being careful not to make himself the story.
Jackson did the opposite.
He certainly acted like a man whose success long ago went to his head.
Read the full article HERE.