Phil Must Be Stopped

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This is fate.  This is how its supposed to be.  Phil Jackson… currently tied with Red Auerbach with 9 NBA championships… must beat Red’s Celtics to claim the top spot on the list.

And here’s a memo to the players:  This matters to us.

I’d rather watch ‘2 girls 1 cup’ with my mom than watch Phil Jackson beat the Celtics and pass Red to become the most successful NBA coach of all time.  Phil can’t win #10 this way.  Not against the Celtics.  Not after this season.  No way.

The coaches and the players have to put the focus in the right place:

Rivers distanced himself from the issue Monday and Pierce followed suit yesterday.

“It’s not about Red and Phil,” said Pierce. “It’s about the Celtics and the Lakers.”

But they should know… Celtics fans want this prevented at all costs… and Lakers fans want this to happen here more than anywhere else.  

Speaking of coaching… Doc Rivers might have an interesting choice to make in these Finals.  Will Tony Allen come in to guard Kobe Bryant?  TA made some kind of miraculous recovery from an ankle injury (which went like this:  Tony hurt his ankle… said he can’t play… doctors say he’s fine… and suddenly he realizes he’s fine.  Tony doesn’t need doctors… he needs the Jedi mind trick).  So he could be considered an option on the defensive end.  In my opinion, the only way he sees time is if he’s their last hope.  He’s too much of a liability on offense right now.

Herald:  The stuff of legends  |  Lakers loyalty gone to Pierce  |  Rondo unfazed by questions  |  Larry Bird not buying KG conspiracy theory  |  Perk eyes battle with Pau  |  Cassell puts championship experience to good use  |  Defense won’t rest when stars collide  |  Kobe:  Ray Allen feud a non-issue  |  Globe:  Red Zone  |  Thibodeau: C’s defensive guru  |  Test of strength  |  Tony Allen looks healthier  |  Mike Gorman notes 1-sided picks  |  KG’s new NBA Finals sneaker  |  Moving pieces make for a chess game  |  Bird-Magic old rivals, friends  |  SI:  Who wins in all-time C’s versus all-time Lakers? 

(photo: AP) 


13 Responses

  1. “I’m a Laker fan”

    Really? I would have never guessed from your hourly posts.

    “Laker fans don’t give a shit about Jackson passing Red with 9…we want 17” “C-fans cling to the past, while the Lakers move to the future”
    Forget the fact that you speak for all Laker fans, but isn’t that an oxymoron? You want to pass our total historic championships. How is that not clinging to the past?

  2. Has anyone forgotten that Jackson can not really be compared to Red? Red’s titles came from coaching one team, Jackson’s would be from two teams. That’s a whole different kind of legacy.

  3. And Red ran the teams he coached.

    Do you think any player would have forced Red out like Kobe forced Phil out the first time around?

  4. 2 girls 1 cup.. I’m still traumatized from watching it.

  5. Why not? Fewer teams means better competition. sort of like Phil’s first 3 titles came right after expansion years in a horribly watered down NBA.

  6. New greatest line ever “I’d rather watch ‘2 girls 1 cup’ with my mom than watch Phil Jackson beat the Celtics and pass Red to become the most successful NBA coach of all time.”
    I argee 100% .But I think it is time to start pregame drinking though ……….BOTTOM LINE LAKERS CAN’T MATCH UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Celtics in 6, enjoy the ride boys and girls


  8. you cant count the championships that LA won while in minneasota, therefore no 17 for the lakeshow

  9. Red and Phil don’t belong in the same sentence. Unless that sentence was something like “Phil Jackson is not good enough to clean up Red’s cigar ashes.” Red was a pioneer of the game, HE MADE THIS F*CKING LEAGUE. Mr. Jackson has won his share of games but has always been blessed with the top talent in the game. Phil, coach the Grizzlies into the Finals next year with what they’ve got and I’ll eat my words.

  10. the main difference between red and phil is that red built his teams (the best teams in the league) and then coached them to a championship, where as phil signed on with the team with the best player in the league and coached the team around them to a championship

  11. furthermore red has 16 championships with the teams that he built and phil will never catch that

  12. even if you do count minneapolis’ titles yall still only have 14,

    and your point about reds titles coming against iferior opponents? less teams? do you remember the laker team that they faced in the finals almost every year? it had jerry west, gail goodrich, and elgin baylor, who the f*ck did phil jackson have to face? oh yeah reggie miller and rick smits what competion, oh thats just one championship you say, what about the time phil faced the big three of jason kidd k mart and richard jefferson thats just like baylor west and goodrich right? oh at least he had to face the daunting matchup of allen iverson and the offensively chalenged misfits that played with him, serioulsy the nba shouldve never allowed mutumbo and eric snow to play together they rival eachother as worst offensive player in the history of the league and their both on the 1st team worst offense

    GOOD POINT INFERNO!!! phils championships were much harder to come by than reds

  13. im not saying that the individual talent was better in the nba during that time more making the point that the quality of teams during the lakers three peat kinda sucked, look at the nba teams the spurs were too young after their 1st nba champioship the jazz and rockets to old then the rockets with hakim, or was it too young with yao (or generally just kinda suck with yao) the blazers and kings were just to damn self destructive and the east flat out sucked

    the nba instituted a playoff system in 1947 i believe? dont quote me on that, so your point of red not having to go through playoffs is totally invalid because their 1st championship was in 1956 in which they did have to play a 7 game series in the finals

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