Another gem by Mink Couteaux from Amsterdam, Netherlands. This time 13 time NBA Champ Phil Jackson gets some artistic shine. After he stepped down last season, he said “I gave it my body and mind, but I have kept my soul.” He would have mentioned having the highest win percentage ever too, but Zen Masters are humble folks like that.
You don’t smoke peyote and true greatness should never go unrecognized. Phil Jackson taught me that before he drove away in his brand spanking new Audi R8. What a guy.
Only you wife or girlfriend really cares, but Rick Fox took time from practice during the “Dancing With The Stars” competition to visit his former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson. How exciting indeed, Fox then proceeded to ruin every good memory of Hill Street Blues by performing his rumba-tastic routine that again — only your wife or girlfriend cared about.
Regal FC Barcelona winners of multiple Euroleague championships beat the LA Lakers winners of the past two NBA Championship, in a 92-88 win last night at the Palau St. Jordi. This game was nothing more than a friendly, but could FCB compete in the NBA for 82 games? According to ESPN Phil Jackson says “no”, Kobe Bryant says “yes”.
“I think they execute extremely well, they know each other extremely well, they move the ball extremely well and that’s what you’re looking for,” Bryant said. “In the NBA, teams that do that are few and far in between, teams that play together as a unit. You see a lot of isolation game; you see a lot of guys going one-on-one. They do a great job moving the ball, they do a great job helping each other defensively, so I disagree, but, what do I know?”
No NBA team wins a championship without having a special chemistry throughout their roster and most of the guys on Barcelona have been playing together since their teens with the Spanish national team program. For that reason, their team chemistry is off the charts and it shows in their ball movement and help defense like Bryant said.
It’s been a good while since I last GM’ed an all-anything team, but due to popular demand it’s back and this time around I’m going to excercise my right as a blogger to focus on beards.
For some reason, all bloggers are obsessed with beards, Amanda Stokke and Erin Andrews — but today it’s stricky about the beards.
So let’s go.
The Miami Heat have Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh to form one of the most expensive and talented trios in NBA history. So what does Phil Jackson think? Meh. The league has been around since 1946 (same year the bikini was introduced) and the combining of superstars thing has been done in the past without success too, as the Zen Master points out.
“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.”
If he didn’t have more rings than fingers, this wouldn’t be a valid point. The Master continues.
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One of the biggest benefits of winning an NBA championship last year, is the obligatory visit to the White House to meet the President the this year. Especially if the President in office is Barack Obama and not that other guy that use to “run things” before.
Being a huge hoops fan, Barack Obama was probably the first President to actually watch the playoffs and finals with interest and he commended the defending champion Lakers on defeated Orlando in last year’s NBA Finals for their 15th NBA title. When they visited the White House to meet me.
“Nobody exemplifies excellence in basketball better than the Los Angeles Lakers,” Obama said. “I want to congratulate everybody who helped make this team what it is, from the assistants to the front office staff to the trainers and the ticket-takers, all the fans back in LA who bleed purple and gold. You all should be very proud.”
The President also commended the Lakers on their efforts to help earthquake victims in Haiti.
See video of the Lakers visit to the White House after the jump.