LeBron James: Forget a Scottie Pippen, He Needs a Phil Jackson

May 14th, 2010 by Gordon Garner Leave a reply »
The real start of the great free agency of 2010 came with Boston's impressive dismantling of the league-best Cleveland Cavaliers.

I hear a lot of talk about LeBron James needing to find his Scottie Pippen. I would suggest that, more importantly, LeBron James needs to find his Phil Jackson.

Looking at the history of the NBA it becomes clear that mediocre coaches do not generally win championships. They never win more than one.

The last 14 NBA Championships have been claimed by a grand total of five NBA coaches.

Who are they? Phil Jackson, Doc Rivers, Greg Popovich, Pat Riley, and Larry Brown.

Even more amazing is the fact that 33 of the 60 NBA Championships were claimed by just five NBA Coaches: Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, Pat Riley, John Kundla, and Gregg Popovich.

An astounding 44 of the 60 NBA Championships have gone to multiple-championship coaches.

If LeBron wants to leave the kind of mark in history that Kobe, Jordan, Magic, and Russell have all left (or are leaving), he needs to get himself one of what they each had. A championship coach.

Now, please don't misunderstand. I reco ...

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