In honor of the Hornets’ final home matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers tomorrow night, I find it necessary to impress on our readers how much they should truly despise this Laker team. I wrote an article back in late December about the team’s head coach, Phil Jackson, describing just how terrible of a person he really is. In case you didn’t get a chance to read it when it first came out, I have re-posted it below. Enjoy.
Let me just start by saying that I know Phil Jackson has had a difficult, tumultuous career. It’s not easy playing your entire career in front of an jam-packed Madison Square Garden in New York City, followed by coaching two of the greatest teams ever assembled in Chicago and Los Angeles, two of the NBA’s largest markets. It’s tough when you always have a superstar running the show, and you don’t have to do as much coaching as your peers in order to succeed. Phil Jackson has had it tough and he should be credited for sticking through it all of these years, so when he makes comments about how he “doesn’t know if New Orleans can support and NBA team” and claims that “it hasn’t been successful supporting a team up until now”, I should probably just let it slide, right?
Give me a break. Are you kidding me? This guy has had it made for his ENTIRE life. He made his career as a second-string player for the New York Knicks throughout the late 60′s and most of the 70′s, parlaying his “basketball prowess” into an assisting coaching gig with the Chicago Bulls in 1987. Two years later, he replaced Doug Collins as head coach, and never looked back. I’m not saying the guy doesn’t know basketball, but coaching a Michael Jordan-run team doesn’t exactly seem like the most stressful job in the world. In 1998, Jackson was let go from the Bulls despite all of his team’s success because of his alleged poor treatment of his assistant coaches and his problematic ego. After not being asked to return, he vowed never to coach again in the NBA, saying his career was over.
…Until he was spoonfed his next pair of superstars. One year later, he took the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coaching job, moving from an MJ-led team to a Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal-led squad. Man, this guy has had it rough, how did he get by? I don’t know who else could have won with terrible talent like that. Going from a team with the greatest player of all time to arguably two of the top 15 players of all time must have been such a hard transition for him. Anyway, he’s been there ever since, and after the Kobe/Shaq schism sent Shaq out of LA, his front office eventually worked out a deal that spoonfed the Lakers Pau Gasol, one of the best forwards in the league. Phil Jackson has benefitted from working under two great basketball minds as GMs – Jerry Krause in Chicago and Mitch Kupchak in Los Angeles – who built fantastic teams in two HUGE markets for him to coach.
The reason I give a synopsis of his NBA career is because throughout the years, Jackson has apparently decided that his success has earned himself the right to speak about issues he has no business discussing. Whether it be about Arizona immigration laws, comparing an opposing coach to Adolf Hitler, or his most recent comments about the state of the Hornets in New Orleans, Jackson continues to overstep his boundaries as a head coach. Before he talked about New Orleans in particular, he mentioned his concerns with the NBA running the Hornets and who would be calling the shots for their personnel decisions. I’m fine with him talking about that (except for his comment about CP3, he makes it sound like Paul wanting to leave is a foregone conclusion which is definitely not his business to say), because the league’s ownership of the Hornets directly affects his team, and he has a right to be concerned just like the other 28 teams in the NBA. What he DOESN’T have the right to talk about, however, is whether or not the Hornets should or should not stay in New Orleans. The worst part is, unsurprisingly enough, this isn’t the first time he’s done so.
So Phil, the next time you think it “smells better elsewhere”, just know what we here in New Orleans think – the only time that “mildew smell” shows up around here is when you’re in the city. Don’t worry though, at least we have “drained the mud out of the building”; but unfortunately, we do still have a problem with termites from time to time… whenever the Lakers and their head coach come to town.