Is Phil Jackson Setting Himself Up for Another Public Embarrassment?

December 29th, 2012 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »
The Brooklyn Nets have lit the Phil Jackson bat signal.

I want to picture Phil pondering in a rocking chair, while smoking a pipe and playing his didgeridoo—deciding whether it's really worth it at 67 years old.

Jackson's resume as a coach is pretty baller. It says "11 rings" under the career achievements section. He's got nothing left to prove in the "what have you done" argument. It's that "what have you done for me lately" one that seems to irritate his nerves.

After getting swept in the playoffs his last year in Los Angeles and being passed over by the Lakers last month in favor of Mike D'Antoni, Jackson might be feeling the itch.

He's got nothing left to prove in terms of his overall body of work—those 11 rings obviously say enough. But depending on his desire, he could have plenty to prove to the Lakers front office and those who doubt that he's still got it.

The argument isn't whether we think Jackson should be inclined to make the Lakers look foolish or feel the need to prove the doubters wrong—it's whether or not he'd be setting himself up for failure by accepting the Brooklyn Nets coaching job.

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