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Phil Jackson tweets about Chris Paul’s shot, Jordan’s push off of Russell

Apr 23, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

When Chris Paul made the game-winning shot Monday night to beat the Grizzlies 93-91, a lot of people pointed out on twitter that Paul got room to get that shot off by pushing off on Tony Allen to create space. They are right. Allen and Paul were physical on that play but CP3 was smart in using his left arm to create enough space to get a little floater off.

Phil Jackson saw that play and came to the defense of Paul on twitter — and that led to people reminding Jackson he benefited from the most famous push-off in NBA history, when Michael Jordan pushed off on Byron Russell to hit the game winner in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals against Utah (video below).

Jackson had a response for that, too.


As far as I’m concerned, that was MJ’s final shot in the NBA.Wizards years? What Wizards years? I don’t acknowledge those existed.

  1. prosourcetalk - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    No title, eh?

    • andrewproughcfe - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Got to love how people still focus on the push-off, but forget about the 5 or 6 fourth-period “phantom fouls” called on Jazz defenders who grazed (or “ghost-grazed”) Jordan’s jersey with the tips of their fingernails.

      Without all those free throws, the Jazz win the game going away.

      And don’t get me started about game 7 against the Pacers in the East finals. Jordan’s line for the game was an all-too-typical 9-for-25 (very Iverson-like), but of course he got his 15 chances from the charity stripe – 5 more than any other player in the game.

  2. toddm1016 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Interesting headline

  3. saint1997 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    That headline is so esoteric and deep #realtalk

  4. acdc363 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Phil was long overdue to get twitter! lol

  5. submessagesband - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    MJ’s wizards years mean more to him that 99.9% of us would understand. He needed assurance that he couldn’t play with the best of them anymore, since he un-ceremoniously retired on the top in ’99. Plus, he set NBA records that i think will be very, very hard for anyone to touch (oldest scoring 50+pts in a game, first 40 yr old scoring 40+ pts in a game…)

  6. broncobeta - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Oh come on! What does Phil Jackson know about basketball?!

    • skids003 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Not much, he always had super players that made him look good.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM


      • broncobeta - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        For real dude. I was being super sarcastic. It’s Phil Freaking Jackson.

  7. mustangs2 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I’d never of thought I’d see so many stories based around Twitter! Between Phil Jackson, Kobe, David Lee, etc.

    Pretty cool to see what Phil Jackson’s thoughts on games are though.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Phil Jackson is hilarious, B.

  9. melkipershero - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    The future coach of the Clippers. No the triangle doesnt need a great point guard like CP, but Phil will make it work. Its not because he hates the Lakers, its because he hates Jim Buss

  10. sportsnut101 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Phil prove ur a great coach. Take over the magic or pistons or the wizards. Kobe free agent in 2 yrs

    This guy was so over hyped. Is he a good coach yes. Great. No way

  11. jacksonkane - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    How could you even get into an argument with him? He has more rings than fingers… that’s crazy. So I must agree with all his points, even though in <2 minutes they should swallow their whistle (offense and defense).

    The worst is when they make bail-out calls either way. Let them play the game at the end.

    • longtallsam - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      I get so tired of seeing this type of idiotic comments (<2 minutes they should swallow their whistle) The game should be called exactly the same in the last two minutes, as in the first two minutes. I have never understood how anyone could think otherwise.

  12. miamatt - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    If it was LeBron James instead of Chris Paul, this would serve as “proof” to a certain segment of NBA “fans” that the refs are doing everything in their power to hand Miami the Championship.

  13. fugetaboutit - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Miamatt, the Heat didn’t win a championship, they bought it just like the Yankees in the 90s. LBJ didn’t want to earn the ring, he bought it…see a trend here?

    • miamatt - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      I honestly can’t tell if your sarcasm is intended to support my comment or derail it. In any case, no, I cannot see whatever trend you refering to. Hard to see how the Heat “bought” a championship when players like Joe Johnson and Roy Hibbert make more than anybody on Miami. Also hard to see how LeBron “bought” a championship when he isn’t the one signing checks.

      Isn’t everybody trying to “buy” a championship, when one considers sport as business?

  14. fugetaboutit - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Ha, you earn the championship by playing hard and building the franchise like Jordan did. He embraced the struggles and accepted all challenges instead of joining the competition. Jordan in a pistons uniform??? No way. Lebron might win not one, not two, not three or however that goes but a true champion is the one that fights to get it; not the one that joins other stars to buy it – ever wonder why lebron is a Yankee fan? 90s Yankees = today’s Heat

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Management put a much, MUCH better team around Jordan in Chicago than LeBron had in Cleveland, and it took Jordan years to play the team game needed to win. Jordan had to grow up, too.

  15. louhudson23 - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Jordan had Russell going completely the wrong way before he ever put his hand on him.His “push off” is highly overstated………

  16. cwilson6843 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    You talkin bout grinding out through struggle? LeBron took the worst team in the league in the Cavs to a playoff team his first season. He gave them eight seasons to build him a team and they failed to do so. Do some homework see that no great player done it by there self. If mj wasted 8 seasons on the bulls he would have left too

  17. fugetaboutit - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Mr Wilson you are missing the point. LBJ would have been the best thing since ice cream in Cleveland had he won there. He was this close to winning. One more piece would have put him over the hump. Ive done my homework – Jordan won after 7 hard seasons with no other superstar than Scottie and he was drafted (traded on draft day). The other 3 starters were okay. The bench was mediocre. That’s why MJ was loved he went through the grind with is as fans — “we” finally got over te hump together. Lebron couldn’t wait – so he went out to buy his ring while Cleveland still doesn’t have one and this is why many don’t like him

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      You underestimate those Bulls rosters. The role players were good and fit the system very well.

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