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Steve Nash is less than heartbroken at Phil Jackson's disapproval

May 15, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

Earlier, Phil Jackson decided to go ahead and get his shots in at Steve Nash, talking about arguably the best point guard in the league as if he were simply skirting the rules by carrying the ball consistently. Because, you know, whatever advantage you can get, you should get when you only have the best player remaining in the playoffs, multiple All-Stars, homecourt advantage and a lineup that is approximately 700 times the size of your opponent.

Today at practice, Steve Nash decided to weigh in on the Zen Master’s little tweaks. And FanHouse’s Brett Pollakoff nabbed video.
The gem from this is Nash saying “The best coach in the league, Gregg Popovich, didn’t have a problem
with it last week.”

Cue the Lakers fans in the comments going off on how Phil’s the best. I imagine there will be several mentions of Phil’s 10 rings to Popovich’s 4 rings, the Lakers record with Phil against Pop in the playoffs, and a lot of exclamation marks. I think both sides have strong cases as to why either coach is the best, but that’s besides the point.

Beyond the question of whether Jackson should be trying to tamper with officiating before the series even starts is the fact that Jackson’s obviously gotten under the Suns’ skin. Once that happens, it’s already a mark for Jackson in the win column. He wages these little battles which may or may not have an impact, but the cumulative result is to even in the slightest way gain an advantage. Jackson knows those edges are what can make the difference.

And if nothing else, at least it’s entertaining.

  1. Simonoid - May 16, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Phil’s the best. He’s won 10 rings to Pop’s 4. He is 4-1 all-time against Popovich. !!!!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous - May 16, 2010 at 3:23 AM

    Nash knows Phil’s better.
    What I found interesting was the “I’ve been in the league 14 years and I don’t think I’ve been called for a carry yet.” This shows he’s been thinking about it, which – I imagine – is all Phil was going for. It looks like mission accomplished.

  3. Anonymous - May 16, 2010 at 6:59 AM

    Nash 1:0 Jackass

  4. kid - May 16, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    ***Earlier, Phil Jackson decided to go ahead and get his shots in at Steve Nash, talking about arguably the best point guard in the league as if he were simply skirting the rules by carrying the ball consistently.***
    Best PG? Deron Williams says hi.
    Coverage of individual players in this league is ridiculous in its illogic; if the individual star’s team loses, even a week after being anointed “the best”, and another star’s team wins, suddenly that latter player is the new standard-bearer at the position.
    ADD coverage at its best.
    Steve Nash is a system PG. People talk about the difference between Early McGwire and Late McGwire in baseball, and the obvious corruption that applies from that same contrast and carry-through, yet people can’t see how Nash’s stats are manipulated.
    More ADD, like a closed circuit the national audience tends to pick up on little unless the media tells them.
    Nash was created by D’Antoni’s smallball+the hand check rules.
    Give me Deron and CP3, by a large margin.
    All-time? Magic, Stockton, Robertson, Isiah, Payton, Frazier, Kevin Johnson, Cousy…I could go on.
    All are better than Nash.
    Put this poser up against 90s defense and he would fold, as the contrast in his states underlines.

  5. polegojim - May 16, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Phil’s teams may have won those rings, Phils coaching did not…
    That’s why Matt said ‘arguably’ the best point guard in the league… I’d take Rondo over Nash any day.

  6. David C - May 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Round one was Nash 10-7. Doesn’t matter who is the better coach. Nash dissed Jackson in the best possible way.

  7. Sup - May 16, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Yes, the best point guard in the league currently …Only other point guard others than Magic Johnson to win back to back mvps…Are you seriously trying to deny him that title? Darren Williams is good but not in the same league as Nash…we’ll talk when he gets back to back mvps…ciao.

  8. tjak - May 16, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Kid, you are a dork, Christ I guess Nash’s two MVP’s mean nothing to you. Don’t give this crap that Nash has not won a championship as posers like you probably go off about how great Lebron is. Nash is a team player, something gomers like you will never understand.

  9. Loler - May 16, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    I think Matt is thoe only one here who was really suckered into phil jackson’s mind games. Get over yourself being a blog reporter Mr. Moore. You’re not insightful or clever, not even that great of a writer. Calling out your posters is a true sign of immaturity. Worst part it, your posters are dead right and you’re dead wrong.

  10. Ron - May 16, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Oh, he can write all right, but not about anything significant.
    I don’t believe he was suckered into writing about Phil’s statements, it’s just that blog writers on MSNBC don’t have anything really to write about…they have to seize upon any possible morsel thrown their way, to keep their jobs.
    Envision someone driving in western Texas and running over some furry animal. The vultures descend from the heavens in an instant for their meal for the day.
    Matt Moore is just another vulture. He must survive by writing about just anything…and he will.
    Next up: Phil discards his dirty underwear.

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