No one, (maybe not even his players) knows exactly what makes Phil Jackson such a brilliant coach. Could it bee the Zen influences and incense that he burns in the locker-room? I’m sure keeping the players calm and open-minded helps, but I doubt it’s the brilliant secret.
Maybe it’s the mind games he plays on every member of the NBA, including his own players. Using clever comments at the opportune moment could sway the mindset of important individuals. But again, this is not where his brilliance lies.
Some would say it’s his ability to handle and control the most difficult personalities professional basketball has ever seen. He successfully tamed Rodman, Artest, and managed the Mega-ego’s of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O’Neal.
Others still would insist that it’s his overwhelming knowledge of the game that includes eleven NBA coaching titles and two player titles, that makes him such an effective leader of an NBA squad.
I believe that it’s not any one of these aspects, but the fact that he has managed to master all of them.
If you take a good hard look around the NBA’s stable of coaches, you will indeed find great minds that possess some of these attributes, which make Phil Jackson so great, but none of them have it all.
The departure of Phil Jackson in my opinion would have dropped the Lakers three-peat hopes next to zero percent. Think of it this way; If you took the brain out of a Lion, how well would it be able to hunt?
This is not to say the Lakers will never win a title after Phil Jackson retires. This only asserts that this Laker squad needs him to continue to win. Their bonds are forged with him. Their trust lies in him, and their play is propelled by him. That is why the return of Phil Jackson is the number one reason why the Lakers will repeat again this year.