Phil Jackson might be the Zen Master… but he's also a bit of a dick.
He'll never pass up a chance to take a shot at someone. A few days ago, he tossed gasoline onto the Miami Heat mess. Now he's just flat out being douchy about Rudy Tomjanovich's nomination to the Hall of Fame:
Lakers coach Phil Jackson said that it was "wonderful" that former Rockets and Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich was nominated for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Jackson offered a less-than-enthusiastic endorsement.
Asked if he thought Tomjanovich was deserving, Jackson said, "We'll see. I'm not on that committee. I like all the coaches to get a chance to go in."
Jackson agreed with the argument that the Rockets' championships were tainted because Michael Jordan was out of the league for the first of their title seasons and much of the next.
"Definitely," Jackson said. "Without a doubt. Clearly, if the Bulls were whole, we would have won. It's pretty much registered by now. When Michael played, we won the championship."
Keep in mind… Rudy is currently an assistant for Phil. I'm sure he appreciates the show of support. And as for the "we would have won" comments? Nothing is guaranteed. The smug dismissal of Rudy's accomplishments is classless.
Great guy, that Phil. He and the Lakers… they're a perfect fit.