Really? Talent Doesn’t Win Championships? A Look Back at The Last Ten NBA Champs

September 26th, 2010 by Keegan Ferguson Leave a reply »
Phil Jackson, the Zen Master, the master of the back handed compliment, has struck again. 

When asked about the Miami Heat's championship aspirations, Phil Jackson had this to say; "There's no question about the talent they have. But, talent doesn't always win. The team that shows the best teamwork will win it." 

Now I won't argue with Phil's coaching credentials nor will I argue against the importance of chemistry.  But is any coach in a position to downplay the importance of talent?

Especially a guy like Jackson who has been blessed with some of the best players of all time—arguably the two best shooting guards of all time?

He's also probably taking a little shot at Erik Spoelstra.  Phil is essentially telling the Heat's head coach that he doesn't have what it takes to get his three superstars to buy into the team concept.

Let's take a look at the past ten NBA champions.  It might be interesting to note that every team, except the 2004 Pistons, had at least one player who was a lock for the Hall of Fame...

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