Wednesday, June 14, 2006

What if?

Phil Jackson never coached the Lakers?

Shaq and Kobe's Lakers don't win a championship.

The last two seasons have shown us how much Jackson means to Kobe's game. This year's playoffs are reminding us of Shaq's flaws: poor free throw shooting, poor physical fitness, and poor rebounding. Jackson knew how to deal with his superstars' flaws while taking advantage of their strengths. And he blended these two with a bunch of role players who Jackson utilized to their highest potential.

Even with Jackson coaching, the Lakers did not dominate their way to their championships. Some Robert Horry magic and a lot of help from the refs barely got them by the Kings, Trail Blazers, and Pacers. Without Jackson's coaching, the Lakers don't win those series.

Before Jackson arrived, Shaq and Kobe's Lakers did not resemble a championship team as they went through coaches like Vin Baker goes through beers. If Jackson never arrived this would have continued. The Shaq Kobe feud would have exploded earlier and neither player would have a ring.

1 comment:

Patriotsy2k said...

This is a tough one, Alan. Don't know if the 2000 Pacers, 2001 Sixers, and even the 2002 Nets have the mettle and guts to win it all. This means that some other West team would have been winning the whole time. Could it have been the Blazers, or Spurs, or even the Kings??
I agree with some of your points. Yet these are still the 2 best players in the NBA, on the same team. The Lakers still win at least one title, with the Spurs in the midst of their own little dynasty, lasting until this years painful game 7 loss to the Mavs.