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The Zen Master Does it Again

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 15:  Head coach Phil jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on before the game with the Houston Rockets on November 15, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Rockets won 101-91.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIApril 18, 2010

Dear Kevin Durant, you’ve been had. Yep, Phil Jackson (aka the Zen Master) got you and you team where he wants you; down 0-1 to begin your playoff series and worrying about what comes next.

 

When you got offended by what Jackson said about you getting calls from the officials, the Zen Master knew he had you. He knew that you wanted to go out there and try to score 50 points today just to prove he was wrong.

 

But he knew you were more worried about proving him wrong then trying to win the game, and guess what? He was right. You see, unlike you, Jackson knows what buttons to push and how to get into your head; you my friend haven’t learned that lesson yet.

 

He knew the best way to get you out off your game, was to get into your head. Yes, you did score 24 points, but it was hard earned 24 and below your season average. And although the series isn’t over, the Zen Master knows that winning the first game of the series almost guarantees a series victory.

 

You getting angry was part of the master plan; and the master used it against you.

 

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