Phil Jackson vs. Pat Riley: Whose Legacy is More on the Line in 2010-11?

August 29th, 2010 by Lance Pauker Leave a reply »
They are the behemoths of basketball.

Legends of the game, Phil Jackson and Pat Riley have dominated the NBA landscape for decades. With 16 titles between them, they have enough hardware to make Stan Van Gundy's mustache curl. 

As the 2010-2011 season fast approaches, it seems that Riley's Heat and Jackson's Lakers are heavily favored to emerge victorious in their respective conferences, potentially setting up a battle for the ages. The two have previously butted heads in the vicious Knicks-Bulls contests of the early 1990s, but have never met in the NBA Finals.  

A victory against either of men would be the extreme tour de force for any other NBA coach. But when these two titans clash against each other, there is more on the line than just a ring. The victor of this encounter could arguably have an upper hand on their pedigree. On the significance of their heirlooms. On their generation. 

Thus, we pose a simple question. With the 2010-2011 season, whose legacy is more on the line?


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