Paging Peter Dawson: Phil Jackson Is the Best Coach Left in the Playoffs

May 22nd, 2010 by Michael MacConnell Leave a reply »

I'm writing this article in response to "Paging Doc Rivers: The Best Coach Left in the NBA Playoffs."

My goal is to present a compelling argument why Lakers coach Phil Jackson is, without a doubt, the best coach remaining in this year's NBA Playoffs.

I don't believe I have to spend much time pointing out the flaws in Stan Van Gundy or Alvin Gentry.

Van Gundy has done an admirable job in his short tenures with Miami and Orlando. I think it's unfair to sacrifice him on the altar for not winning a title with the Heat. The fact is that Pat Riley forced him out of Miami. Most likely, the Heat would have won the title with Van Gundy calling the shots.

In Orlando, he's clashed with Dwight Howard in the media. His antics and sideline mannerisms have been the subject of jokes and ridicule around the league. He hasn't won a championship; that's true. 

Here is a list of other coaches who have not won an NBA title: Jerry Sloan, Don Nelson, George Karl, Flip Saunders, and Rick Carlisle. Sloan is in the Hall of Fame, while Nelson and Karl should be in at some point as well.

It took Larry ...

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