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NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Phil Jackson can't resist a little dig at Steve Nash

May 14, 2010, 11:33 PM EDT

Nash_layup.jpgIs it really a big Lakers playoff series if Phil Jackson doesn’t take a stab at an opposing city or player?

Nope. So I guess we have a series. After Lakers practice Friday Phil Jackson was asked if it was hard to simulate in practice what Steve Nash does in a game. We have his answer:

“Yeah, because you can’t carry the ball like he does in practice,” Jackson said, smiling as he moved his arm and turned over his palm, the symbol for an illegal carry in the unofficial sign language of basketball. “You can’t pick that ball up and run with it.”

If there is one thing Jackson loves more than Montana or tweaking David Stern, it’s trying to manipulate referees through the media. He does it a lot.

Probably not going to get this one, though. Don’t expect Steve Nash to be hit with a bunch of carrying calls come Monday night.

  1. MindGames - May 15, 2010 at 2:26 AM

    If anything the refs are going to view this as an affront their ability to call a legitimate game, and turn the tables on Phil. Expect more controversial calls against the Lakers this time around, who, despite this, will still be showing up in the finals. And for my money, winning them, again.

  2. DK Anderson - May 15, 2010 at 2:58 AM

    Poor Phil: the Suns have Steve Nash, and the Lakers have, well…Derek Fisher. So of COURSE Phil’s a bit pissy about that. That said, should be a great series…

  3. brian lamay - May 15, 2010 at 3:42 AM

    Phil also had disparaging things to say about the way officials treat Kevin Durant. He said Durant is mollicoddled and gets to the foul line way too much.
    Funny, I always thought the same about most superstars — including Kobe. He doesn’t seem to have any troubled getting to the free-throw line.
    When Phil played, carrying and traveling were called more often. Lots of point guards in today’s NBA do what used to be whistled for carrying the ball. Of course, Phil’s just trying to mix it up before the series. Maybe he should start by saying, “Back in my day …”

  4. Frank - May 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Who cares about Phil Jackson. Most overrated coach in any sport. Never won a championship without having the best player in the league and a stacked roster. Ohh what a great guy. Maybe he should comment on how the refs call games for his spoiled rapist star.

  5. Zack - May 15, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    What coach wins consistantly without a top player in the league?
    Red Auerbach had Russel, Cousy, Heinsohn, etc.
    Pop had David Robinson and Tim Duncan
    Kundla had Mikan in the 50s
    Riley had Magic, Abdul-Jabbar, and Worthy. Plus Wade/Shaq in Miami

  6. Ken - May 15, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Nah…..Lakers are not going to win this…..3 teams remaining are all food for the Magic…..(and I am pulling for the Suns)…..but the Magic are…..MONSTERS!!!!!

  7. ocgunslinger - May 15, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    You sir have NO clue about what is dribbling from your mouth.

  8. Omnius - May 15, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Phil Jackson is just having a little fun at Nash’s expense, and he’s smart to work the refs to watch for Nash carrying the ball. Phil Jackson will win another ring as coach, cementing his role as greatest sports coach ever. Kobe will outshine Nash and the Lakers will defeat the arizona Suns in 5 games. Celtics will break out the Kryptonite Leprechaun and defeat Stuporman Howard and the untested Magic. Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals will be the best possible matchup, the last two NBA champs and the two best franchises are the greatest grudge match we can witness.

  9. Zurk - May 15, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    I think that the lakers are going to win every game they play against the suns because the lakers don’t give up… atleast my b-ball team doesn’t!! I am going to watch the suns get pumbled to the ground! Then I will be laughing!!!

  10. Jim - May 15, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Someone forgot to tell Omnius that the Magic made it to the finals last year playing nowhere near the level they are right now. Untested? Psssh.

  11. Colin Zvosec - May 15, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    EVERYONE carries the ball! Hell, Jordan was the most notorious offender, and I didn’t hear Phil crying about it then.

  12. DugoutNut - May 15, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Poor Phil Jackson. The Lakers have Kobe and the Suns have Nash. Which player do you want on your team?
    For the poster who said the remaining teams are food for the Magic….
    Bwaahhaaahaaahhaaha.
    The problem in the East is that there is no team long enough to compete with the Magic. The problem in the NBA is that there is no team long enough to compete with the Lakers, who by the way, have three players to throw at Superman while still having two of the best defenders in the league (Kobe and Artest) to put on the Magic’s remaining scoring threats.
    Case closed.

  13. Zack - May 15, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    What 3 guys are you throwing at Dwight?
    Let’s see how Bynum’s cranky body holds up playing against a real C, and not undersized Nene, Boozer, etc.
    Pau is soft, and Odom is a finesse big.

  14. Zack - May 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Howard average 19.5 and 14 against LAL this year, with 2.5 blocks, on 57.1%, 21.5 and 16 last year. Keep throwing your ‘bigs’ at him.

  15. Kane - May 17, 2010 at 6:43 AM

    Nobody wins any championship in any sport without a stacked roster. It’s the coach’s job to develop a team.

  16. John - May 17, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Not that any of this matters since it will be the Lakers/Celtics in the Finals. The appropriate question is who will the Lakers throw at ‘Sheed? Oh wait…

  17. Tom - May 22, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    Phil Jackson is the best coach ever. Did Michael win a title w/o Phil? NO Did Kobe win one w/o Phil? NO. The man is an absolute genius. Every time his team wins game one of a series, they ALWAYS win the series. The man has 10 championship rings. Say what you want about him but at the end of the day he has 10 rings, which is absolutely remarkable. Coaches would kill just to have 1, and he has 10. And once Phil, Kobe, and the rest of the Lakers get revenge on those Celtics he will have to get a chain and wear the ring around his neck, cause all the fingers are taken.

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