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Old 03-22-2005, 07:06 PM   #1
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Ok. Your Phil Jackson.

You have taken your vacations
You have surrounded yourself with your Zen meditation necessities.
You have a piece pipe and a bag of sticky green weed or whatever you do.
You know that everyone is going to come after you to coach their teams.

What team do you decide to accept the head coaching position for and why?
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Old 03-22-2005, 07:46 PM   #2
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The Cavs because they ahve the superstar and with Michael Redd who they will pursue hard they become the most likly to win a championship. We all know that is what Phil does best jump on a superstar at the right moment and rid them to a couple titles no diffrent here.
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The Knicks. Prove you can build a winner from the ground up an not just jump in and complete what someone else previously started, as what happened in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Then again, Jesus and Buddha probably wouldn't be able to turn the Knicks into a winner.

In all seriousness, Cleveland. Who wouldn't want to coach LeBron James? As I mentioned in a previous thread, the Cavs are still a player or two away from being serious contenders but having Jackson as head coach would be a huge selling point for the organization. Hard to argue with the Zen Master's track record.
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Old 03-22-2005, 08:31 PM   #4
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I'd definitely go with Cleveland they have LeBron, awful hard to pass up the opportunity to coach him. They will have a new GM at the end of the season with $22 mil of cap space to play with to sign someone to compliment James.

I'd Consider:

-Minnesota: Kevin Garnett is arguably the best player in the game, but there is a ton of turmoil there right now and there is likely to be a roster overhaul this summer.

-Orlando: They have Grant Hill, but for how much longer? Steve Francis could possibly flourish in the discipline of Jackson's offense.

Don't know about the Lakers. Been there done that, and am not entirely sure that he is that enamored with coaching Kobe without Shaq. I think he may be using the Lakers to leverage his asking price from another team.

Portland? No way. They have little cap flexibility and seem to be a team on the decline. I am not sure why he would want to deal with all of the headcases still in Portland.

Knicks? No way again. This team is going nowhere fast, has no cap flexibility, and is stuck with a bunch of mediocre players with inflated contracts. Why go to a team that is going to be cap strapped for the next two or three years?
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The Cavs are one maybe two players away from being a great team. Wonder how much better they'd be if Boozer was still there?
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I could see Phil coming back to the Lakers IF Buss makes some decent off-season moves; the current lineup is just not good enough to inspire anyone. Could be great if Lamar Odom had played up to his level, but the chemistry is not there. Also Phil has personal ties to LA, and the coaching staff is PRIMED for him to plop his butt back down. Plus, Kobe's ego just got a massive check when he failed to get his team to the playoffs, doing it his way.
But the kid's got massive talent, all that's missing is LISTEN TO PHIL.. maybe it's time.

The Knicks! A sentimental draw for the former Knick, but realistically-- the Knicks just stink. That's just not happening for Jackson. Doesn't make sense.

Other than LA- if I'm Phil Jackson, I am very much enticed by Cleveland.... like Doublee said, you have to think twice and three times before passing up the chance to coach LeBron, PLUS their ability to bring on some key players in the near future... Cleveland just might be what Jackson's looking for, and if Jackson jumps on board and they make some good acquisitions.... they could have a serious contender for next year or the year after.

This year however, goes to the Shaq-Daddy, and maybe next year too.... but then he's done.
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The Cavs are one maybe two players away from being a great team. Wonder how much better they'd be if Boozer was still there?
I don't know that they would be significantly better. Gooden has put up comparable numbers to what Boozer did last year. They would be better just because Boozer's psyche/ego is a bit more stable, but I don't know that replacing Boozer with Gooden is the difference from them being a serious contender and just scratching by to get a playoff spot. Remember they flamed out late last year and did little to upgrade the team last summer.

With rumors swirling around Detroit these days that Brown may bailing this summer I wonder if Phil doesn't have his eye on being the next head coach in Detroit.
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With rumors swirling around Detroit these days that Brown may bailing this summer I wonder if Phil doesn't have his eye on being the next head coach in Detroit.
There's another viable possibility... If Jackson is concerned with beating Auerbach's record, that would seem to be the best choice if the opportunity presents itself.
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If I'm Phil, I'd go to Cleveland. The pieces are already in place. Like they were in Chicago and LA. I want to see Phil take a bad team to a title. The Bulls and Lakers were already set to be champions. I'm not dissing Jackson, but I think the one thing that prevents him from being the Best Ever is he has never had to be a part of building a team.
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Cleveland is nowhere close to where Chicago was when Jackson took over the team. Jordan had already established the Bulls as a solid playoff team, LeBron has yet to appear in a playoff game.
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Cavs should be in the playoffs this year.
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Should be, but the way they have played the last month it is no guarantee. Besides, that still doesn't put them at the level the Bulls were at. The Bulls had gone to the Conference Finals and Semi Finals in the two seasons leading to Phil showing up.
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I say Minnesota. KG is playoff tested and you maybe able to squeeze another year out of Cassell if you monitor his minutes and Troy Hudson can step up. You can put a couple of other pieces in place with free agents. Phillip can take another one year run at a title and retire to the Montana mountains or whereever the hell he goes to meditate.
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Old 04-01-2005, 10:53 PM   #15
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lakers.. they need a coach n phil knows everythin bout lakers.. he coached der for a long ass time n he lookin to make all his fingers widda ring on it.. he got 9!!!!!
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