Phil Jackson should coach the Bobcats

Posted: May 15, 2012 by vindanton in Pro Sports
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By moving to Charlotte, we would see Phil face a rebuilding challenge for the first time 

By: Vin D’Anton

Jackson and Michael Jordan

Rumor has it that the fire has been relit and the Brett Favre of NBA coaches wants back in the NBA…or just a boatload of dough.

Phil Jackson’s girlfriend Jeanie Buss says the “Zen master” has gotten “his energy back” and now speculation time is upon us as the NBA offseason nears.

(Just spec by the way…for the record she was talking about him playing tennis in Montana).

We all know the resume: Six titles in Chicago, Five with the Lakers…hell, he had two as a player with the Knicks. So any franchise that has money is going to have to dig deep into their pockets to get him back on NBA sidelines.

While the resume is the best of all time for an NBA coach, Phil Jackson has never really taken a team from the ground up. He’s never had to deal with an empty arena or take a chance on a player to build the team around.

He’s never baked the cake…he ices it.

Before he took over in Chicago, Doug Collins help lead the already built Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1988-’89 and Eastern Semi’s in ’87-’88. The pieces like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant were already properly placed.

After winning three consecutive championships from ’91-’93, Jordan retired for a season and a half and the Bulls didn’t even reach the Eastern Conference Finals during both seasons. After that season, the Bulls ran off another three peat with Jordan and the gang.

In L.A., a combination of head coaches Del Harris and a dash of Kurt Rambis helped the Lakers get back on the map along with stars Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. With the fan base demanding a big name coach, the front office folded and hired Jackson. He won five championships…well one is up in question with the whole Tim Donaghy mess.

So while all hail the great Jackson as the greatest coach in NBA history, he still hasn’t purely built a team…scratching and clawing his way to the top with raw talent around him.

Red Auerbach did it…Chuck Daly did it…and Phil may never.

All the Jackson speculation will be focused on the Knicks. The team he played for and a team that arguably is readymade…typical Jackson move.

Let’s see Jackson go back to his Lord and Savior’s team…Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats. The Jordan owned Bobcats just completed the worst NBA season of all time finishing 7-59.

Kemba Walker

The move would be brilliant for both parties. The media circus will begin in Charlotte with Peaches & Herb’s “Reunited” playing in the background…the possibility of Anthony Davis…and of course the prospect of Kemba Walker. Revenue would soar and a basketball first state will be more than happy to drag their assess to the Time Warner Cable Arena along with Cam Newton who will come to see the Bobcats, not the Heat.

The one-time NBA coach of the year would pull off the most impressive performance of his coaching career if he succeeds in Charlotte.

First, Jordan has to show him the money.



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