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.