Los Angeles Lakers’ Phil Jackson: The Quintessential Media Manipulator

November 25th, 2010 by Paul Peszko Leave a reply »
In your heart, you know Phil Jackson was correct.  Maybe not appropriate but certainly spot on.

Jackson’s comment on the coaching situation in Miami was indeed calculated and not just an off-the-cuff blurt.

Jackson has been heavily criticized in the media for verbalizing what many have been thinking and a few in the media have intimated. 

Commenting on a Chicago radio show, Jackson suggested that Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra’s days at the helm could be numbered.

Jackson alluded to the situation that occurred during the Heat’s 2005-2006 season when head coach Stan Van Gundy stepped down and Heat president, Pat Riley, took the reins and led the team to an NBA Title.

Jackson insinuated that the very same scenario could take place sooner rather than later with Riley replacing Spoelstra.

Van Gundy, now head coach of the Orlando Magic, quickly criticized Jackson for speaking out on a situation of which he had no direct knowledge. He called Jackson’s hypothesis “inappropriate” and “ignorant.”

But if anyone is ignorant it is the many pundits ...

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