I wrote this pre-gasol, pre 07-08, but it still remains:
Let me start by exposing the Phil Jackson myth:
1) Phil Jackson is NOT a hall of fame coach. His ineptitude, negligence, and coaching deficiencies support this.
2) He DOES NOT preach or teach defense. Even Gary Payton said, "Phil never worked on defense."
3) This may surprise a few people, but Phil does not even coach on the basketball floor. The beauty of the triangle is that you read and react. All Phil Jackson does is manage ego's, recommend books, and manage minutes out there. Scouting, personal training , almost everything is done either by assistants or his coaching staff. Phil Jackson does not coach. Period.
4) In late game scenario's, Phil only runs 3 last second plays for Kobe, when the game is on the line. A) the Red Holzman Play B) the Zipper C) A double back-door screen. Opposing coaches and players know this, and adjust accordingly which leads to horrible looks, and broken plays to finish games.
5) Throughout all of the 2005-2006 season Phil Jackson started Smush Parker over Jordan Farmar. Most lakers fans realized that Farmar was better than Parker on both ends of the court, just a month into the season. It took Phil 79 games to start Farmar over Smush. Smush Parker was a defensive cancer, and yet Phil rewarded his lack of defense. Under Pat Riley, Smush is averaging 5 minutes per game ( Keep in mind that the Heat are playing without Dwyane Wade). Phil's stubborn ego and lack of knowledge cost the Lakers many games in the 2005-2006 season. Smush Parker was a culprit in nearly every Lakers' loss, yet Phil never addressed the issue. No adjustment, no concerns, no coaching.
6) How many Lakers' fans still to this day ( I know I do), wonder why Phil Jackson never told his team to foul or grab a Suns player in the waining seconds of GAME 6 in the 2006 playoffs, during the scramble before Tim Thomas' three pointer?
If Phil was a HOF coach, wouldn't you think he would know that you NOT to let Phoenix (who is a 40%+ 3 point shooting team) get a 3 pointer up with under 10 seconds to go? Why would you even let them get a shot at tying the game?
Phil Jackson, along with Kobe Bryant carry the burden of responsibility for that clear and amateurish display of poor leadership. One word seperated us from the 2nd round: "Foul!"
7) Phil Consistently gives Brian Cook minutes over the past few years. With his influence in management, he should have had this guy shipped out a while ago. Cook is a foul-maniac, a defensive liability, who pushes off on every rebound and who is arguably the most one-dimensional player in the league.
8 ) Unbeknownst to the casual Laker Fans, Phil Jackson likes to teach his players lesson IN the game rather than during practice. The unfortunate consequence of this is that , by doing so, Phil Jackson inadvertently and unintentionally costs us winnable games. If you are losing winnable games. At the end of the 2005-2006 season in an interview with KCAL 9, Phil admitted that he sabotaged games to the detriment of his team. "I've cost us many games. Looking back, there are many things I would like to re-do."
If any other coach was coaching the Lakers and making these decisions , they would have been fired by now. But because Phil has 9 rings ( From coaching 3 of the greatest players ever), he is immune to criticism!
2007-2008 NBA SEASON:
Now that we have established that Phil is a poor, negligent coach, that costs his team winnable games, lets look at how he has done in these 6 games:
Reality Check: Phil Jackson has cost the Lakers 2 wins this season (New Orleans).
1) His rotations are beyond disgusting. Starting Mihm over Bynum? Giving Cook extended minutes? Playing Carl and Cook over Crittenton? Sitting Kobe for extended minutes to start 4th quarters? These moves DIRECTLY contribute to our losses.
2) Phil is not utilizing the best offensive player in the game. Instead of running the offense through Kobe, he decides to post up clumsy duds like Kwame Brown and Luke Walton. He has turned the game's best scorer into a pass-first shoot player, that has lead to nothing but a .500 record.
3) Any smart coach would use Kobe to attack the opponents best player early in the first and try to pick up 2 fouls on them. Against the Suns, Kobe should attack Amare early on, and try to get 2 fouls on him. Against Spurs, he should do the same on Duncan. Kobe Bryant shot 0 free throws tonight. Zero.
The idea that Phil Jackson is a great HOF coach, is nothing more than a monstrous myth.
Since Phil's return, the Lakers are
Regular season: 93-80 (.537)
Playoffs: 4-8 (.333)
50+ win seasons: 0
Playoff series wins: 0
Frustrated Superstar/s: 1
Management has a big part in this, but Phil does too.