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Vindication!!!

RedsArmyAdmin June 5, 2008 Uncategorized 1 Comment

I took a lot of heat around these parts for suggesting in my series preview that Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers were "Even." Well – I am not alone. Herald basketball guru Mark Murphy shares my sentiments.

Pure logic says that the old Auerbach argument about Jackson — that he picks his spots and only takes plum assignments — is refuted by the simple fact that Jackson, like the Celtics’ patriarch, has nine titles. As Rivers has proven this season, there is a skill to coaching great talent. In the case of the Lakers coach, he has brought the ever-iconic Bryant under control. Rivers’ three stars have willingly sacrificed for the greater good. EDGE – EVEN

For those that forgot my point:

Doc Rivers vs Phil Jackson: Phil Jackson is the most overrated coach of all-time. But this is clearly the least-talented team he’s ever brought to the Finals. Doc continues to rub people the wrong way with his lack of a consistent rotation – but it’s working. And he never gets credit for the making the right moves (playing Posey instead of Ray for the 4th quarter of Game 6 against Detroit). While Jackson is the more experienced guy, I don’t see coaching playing a major role in this series. We’ve all seen basketball players in the huddles during timeouts, half of them aren’t even paying attention. Edge – Even.

To be honest, I don't really get Murphy's point. But all that matters is that he's agreeing with me.

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  • Mike

    His point seems to be that they both did a great job (this year) coaching great talent. Which I think is true and a valid point to a degree…however, it doesn’t account for the fact that Jackson has coached in 10 NBA Finals already. But who knows, maybe the assistants will be more important than the head guys. Jackson has gotten credit for delegating work to his assistants and Doc got a ton of credit for that with Thibideau this year.