Jackson takes a dump on Rudy T’s HOF candidacy and the Rockets‘ titles while MJ was watching Minor League curve balls sail by. He’s the best. From the Houston Chronicle: “Lakers coach Phil Jackson said that it was ‘wonderful’ that former Rockets and Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich was nominated for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Jackson offered a less-than-enthusiastic endorsement. sked if he thought Tomjanovich was deserving, Jackson said, ‘We’ll see. I’m not on that committee. I like all the coaches to get a chance to go in.’ Jackson agreed with the argument that the Rockets’ championships were tainted because Michael Jordan was out of the league for the first of their title seasons and much of the next. ‘Definitely,’ Jackson said. ‘Without a doubt. Clearly, if the Bulls were whole, we would have won. It’s pretty much registered by now. When Michael played, we won the championship.’ Don Chaney, Tomjanovich’s predecessor as the Rockets’ coach, offered more of an endorsement. ‘He’s due,’ Chaney said. ‘He won two championships and was a great player. I’m wondering why it took so long.’”