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Wise words from Mr. Phil Jackson

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Wise words from Mr. Phil Jackson

Way back in June, Phil Jackson agreed to come back for one more season with the Los Angeles Lakers. In his sights was another opportunity for an NBA championship and another shot at a three-peat.

Seems an eternity ago. So much has changed -- namely the rise of a certain formidable foe in the Eastern Conference. The Miami Heat's mega free-agent acquisitions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh -- teaming with Dwyane Wade -- have all the markings of an instant championship contender.

"They got great talent," Jackson said in an interview with ESPN 1000 in Chicago. "There's no question about their talent they have. But, talent doesn't always win. The team that shows the best teamwork will win it. We think that [the Lakers] have established something. But, if [the Heat] can unite -- and build quickly -- they might be able to do it."

Jackson teams have won 11 of the past 20 NBA title and the coach is always able to add a little historical perspective.

"I always refer to when Wilt Chamberlain was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and that put [Elgin] Baylor, [Jerry] West and Chamberlain together -- three of the top scorers in NBA history -- and they never won a championship together the four years they were together," Jackson said.

"It's not always scorers and talent that wins it. But it's teamwork that does it."

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Haaaaaaaaaaaaa! So wait, the guy that has coached Shaq, Pippen, Bryant, and Jordan and has 10 championships because of it claims "But, talent doesn't always win". No Phil, talent ALWAYS wins(atleast 99% of the time). The Bulls won 6 championships, by two three peats, while his Lakers also three-peated. That is an amazing stat. Both teams were the clostest to unbeatable in the modern era as we have seen. Bar none.

Then he goes to the "I always refer to when Wilt Chamberlain was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and that put [Elgin] Baylor, [Jerry] West and Chamberlain together -- three of the top scorers in NBA history -- and they never won a championship together the four years they were together,"...Ok, and exactly who did they lose to? A team with even more talent, at least argueably, the Celtics.


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The Zen Master is starting

The Zen Master is starting his head games...

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Miami Heat

need to avoid two teams in the playoffs. The Celtics and Lakers. If they succeed in doing that, they will win a championship this year.

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What Phil Jackson is saying

What Phil Jackson is saying is that it's not going to be pure talent that wins a championship. Of course you need a great amount but you need skilled guys, role players, etc. Guys that compliment one another. Pippen and Jordan complimented each other. Pippen didn't mind taking a back seat because he knew MJ was the man. Rodman., considered by many a HOFer, played some of the best defense you'll ever see and rebounded phenomenally. They all complimented each other. The lakers now have Kobe, pau and a bunch of guys that compliment them perfectly. Fisher has the steady head and hits big shots, Bynum provides length, odom is the "x-factor" it just works and they are more than 3 guys deep. Lebron, wade and bosh are all super talented individually, but how will they/can they gel with one another. I think bosh with either lebron or wade would be perfect but lebron and wade are the same kinds of players. Yes lebron can handle the ball, but can he be a point guard? In Cleveland he averaged slot of assists off of basically ball domination. Don't get me wrong, he's a great passer but is he a point guard. Point guards are floor generals. And after those 3 who does Miami have? Mile miller is solid, chalmers is good for defense. Eddie house can shoot... Everyone else is average if not worse. Don't say ilgauskas. He's slow and only good for pick and pops. Joel Anthony is a good defender but what else can he do? And the rest of the guys on the roster aren't even worth mentioning. They need more pieces unfortunately. They'll be great to watch during the regular season. Come playoff time when yet have to play the likes of Orlando and Boston everyone will see what it actually takes to get it done. It's talent AND overall team cohesion and chemistry

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Wilt was averaging 10 ppg in the 70s, Baylor was also injury prone and on the decline. West was healthiest of all

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Wilt was averaging 10 ppg in the 70s, Baylor was also injury prone and on the decline. West was healthiest of all

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theres nothing wrong with his

theres nothing wrong with his statement. Yes, you must have great talent to win a title. BUt that does not mean great talent always equals a title. Its actually not that complex of a statement. I've seen more talented teams lose to teams that were just more cohesive. You need lots of things to go right.

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A solid example of this that

A solid example of this that i have see was when houston beat orlando in 1995. Orlando had an entire starting 5 that were borderline all-stars and 2 superstars in shaq and penny. Houston had 2 superstars in hakeem and clyde, but the rest of the squad was role players who played defense and knocked down shots and orlandos youth really backfired on them.

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Um... I see no problem with

Um... I see no problem with his statement.

sacphil_08 should've put a "swish" after his post lol.

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True

Phil isn't lying. I mean that 2004 Lakers squad was loaded. Shaq was still Shaq, Kobe was 25 or 26 and they had the surrounding talent. People forget how good they were until Malone went down with an injury and then they self-imploded. No one can seriously tell me that 2004 Pistons team had more talent. They won as a team who were masterfully coached.

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