Phil Jackson: Could He Be the Next Person To Take His Talents to South Beach?
When it was announced that Phil Jackson would not return to the LA Lakers next season, the thought of him heading to Miami to rein in the "Big 3" and make them play as a team crossed my mind.
Now that the Heat have been bounced from the finals in six games I am almost certain Pat Riley will seek out the services of Jackson.
Honestly, it all makes perfect sense to me.
Current head coach Eric Spoelstra seems to be in over his head with the egos on his bench.
Where I see a guy like Dwyane Wade being able to take coaching advice from Spoelstra (or at least pretending to) I find it very difficult to think that "The Chosen One" LeBron James takes his coach too seriously.
After all, this is the same player that got coaches, general managers and players run out of Cleveland because he didn't like them.
And considering LeBron has already anointed himself the greatest player ever I find it hard to believe that he take orders from a coach most people (even NBA fans) had never heard of before the playoffs began.
To top that off, in spite of having the three best players on the court Spoelstra was completely out coached by Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle.
On paper the Mavericks didn't match up well with the Heat, and many thought that Miami would either sweep or win in five games.
However, Carlisle was able to adjust his game plan throughout the series and it resulted in two fourth-quarter comebacks and a championship.
Spoelstra didn't seem able to do that. Even after taking timeouts to stop the bleeding in games he couldn't coach his team up enough to make a run to win.
What the Heat, especially LeBron, need is an accomplished coach that captures a room the moment he walks into it.
Pat Riley, if he were so inclined, could do that like he did in 2006, but I don't think he really wants to coach anymore.
Outside of him I'm not sure too many coaches could walk into the Heat locker room and have LeBron James instantly buy in.
I know Riley likes Spoelstra and he's "his guy" but I doubt Spoelstra will ever be LeBron's guy, and until the Heat have that kind of coach on the bench I think you'll continue to see the Incredible Shrinking Superstar in the fourth quarter of big games.
Will Phil Jackson end up taking his talents to South Beach?
I think so. Jackson is the type of man who loves a challenge. I think he sees the egos on this team and thinks, heck, I was able to get Kobe and Shaq to work together and they hated each other, I bet I could win five more championships with these three.
Because LeBron never went to college he was never coached by a guy who would challenge him. Throughout his NBA career he's been given guys who are basically there to coach the other guys on the team and stay out of his way.
If LeBron is ever going to be the player everyone thinks he can be, he's going to need a coach who isn't afraid to stand up to him and has the hardware to back up what he says.
Very few coaches exist today that could do that. Jackson would top that list.
If I were the Heat, I'm calling Phil Jackson right now.
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