With the 2010-11 NBA season about a month away, an old argument about championship clubs has reared its ugly head—does the ring follow chemistry or talent?
As the sides break down along suspiciously pro-Los Angeles Laker and pro-Miami Heat lines, Phil Jackson—the Zen Master of the back handed compliment—has struck again.
When asked about the Miami Heat's championship aspirations, Jackson had this to say: "There's no question about the talent they have. But, talent doesn't always win. The team that shows the best teamwork will win it."
Now I won't argue with Phil's coaching credentials nor will I argue against the importance of chemistry. But is any coach in a position to downplay the importance of talent?
Especially a guy like Jackson who has been blessed with some of the best players of all time—arguably the two best shooting guards of all time?
He's also probably taking a little shot at Erik Spoelstra. Phil is essentially telling the Heat's head coach that he doesn't have what it takes to get his three superstars to buy into the team concept.
Let's take a look at the past 10 NBA champions. It might be interesting to note that every team, except the 2004 Pistons, had at least one player who was a lock for the Hall of Fame...