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Phil Jackson no fan of Heat’s “Xbox” style of play

Mar 10, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

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Because it wouldn’t be a big game for the Lakers if Phil Jackson didn’t take one last dig at the opponent…

In the pregame media gathering in Miami, Jackson said he was not really a fan of the “Xbox games or whatever those games are when you play 1-on-1” offense style that Erik Spoelstra put together and the Miami Heat play, Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register reports.

“I’m not a big fan of the style Miami plays. I like to see everybody involved.”

Um, that offense ripped the Lakers defense up pretty good on Christmas, didn’t it Phil?

“They moved the ball very well and got everybody involved,” said Jackson.

Not sure the already desperate Heat needed any more motivation for this game, but there you go. Phil Jackson can’t pass up lobbing verbal hand grenades into other team’s locker rooms.

  1. thatdude2309 - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Looks like the Xbox got the best of Phil and the bummy Lakers tonight

  2. progress2011 - Mar 11, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    With a ” volume erratic shooter ” like kobe, he has coached an ” XBOX ” team the past several years !

    I’m so tired of this old broke hip, alternative religion, alternative medicine/ zin-whatever……shut your trap and keep buying championships !

    The lakers are the Yankees of basketball. They simply buy players and pay for championships.

    They have a salary of $90 Million, approx 30 M over the salary cap ! While smaller market teams like the Heat attempt to stay competitive by spending approx $70 Million.

    Phil should just keep sleeping with the owner/ owners daughter and keep buying rings ! Instead of pretending he is know all – be all zin-jerkster !

    • mytthor - Mar 11, 2011 at 4:18 AM

      Phil Jackson doesn’t have anything to do with the Lakers payroll. He doesn’t make personnel decisions, doesn’t set the budget, nothing. It’s ridiculous to claim the Yankees are similar to the Lakers. Both have the highest payroll, but the Lakers have about triple the payroll of the lowest team in the league and 150% or so the payroll of the median team. The Yankees are triple the median and about 8 times the lowest.

    • blueintown - Mar 11, 2011 at 8:27 AM

      Guess what? Championship teams have great players. Great players cost a lot of money. To rip a team for “buying” championships while defending the Heat is (cliche alert) the pot calling the kettle black. Yes, Phil Jackson has had great players throughout the course of his career..but so has EVERY SINGLE OTHER COACH TO EVER WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP. He’s a great coach. Probably the best ever. Get over it. Or don’t, whatever. I’m sure Phil and his eleven rings could care less.

    • hnirobert3 - Mar 11, 2011 at 8:52 AM

      Basketball is more a free agency/trade league than baseball or football, where you draft and develop players. The only teams that come to my mind that have a good core of players they’ve drafted and developed are the Spurs, Thunder and Bulls. Everyone else has added to their teams through free agency and trades. It’s how the NBA works.

    • genericcommenter - Mar 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM

      Phil is very aware of Kobe and his own team. I wouldn’t be surprised if the comment was also a type of shot at KOBE. Kobe is known for taking over and going to a one on one game. This might be Phil’s way of saying “look at the Heat- that’s what that type of play gets you.” When the Heat are more “balanced” they win.

  3. blueintown - Mar 11, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    Phil Jackson has to put championship rings on his toes. He can say whatever the hell he wants.

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