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Thursday, November 13th, 2008 at 12:00 pm  |  29 responses

Phil Jackson on the Hypocrisy of Casino Ads in NBA Arenas

by Marcel Mutoni

Prior to last night’s big Lakers/Hornets showdown, most of the focus was on the two teams’ respective MVP candidates; how the Hornets would defend the juggernaut Lakers; and which of these two Western Conference giants would send the first message of the season.

Meanwhile, Phil Jackson had other things on his mind.

The Zen Master was busy railing against what he perceives as hypocrisy from the NBA; Jackson can’t understand how the League can take such a strong stand against gambling (see: Donaghy, Tim), and yet still allow the Hornets to promote a casino in their gym.

From the Times-Picayune:

“We talked about this last year, ” Jackson said. “We thought it wasn’t a good message at all. One side of it says don’t gamble, and the other side you are advertising for it.”

“This is a franchise that is led by a good Christian leader. He has prayer (sessions) before the games. I’m sure he knows what he’s doing.”

That last remark, drenched in typical Jackson sarcasm, may land Phil in some hot water with the League.

According to the linked article, the casino being advertised in the Hornets’ arena does not have any sports betting. Man, I hope no one tells Phil about the Maloof brothers and their sweet little deal.

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  • BigWalt206

    I love Phil! Can’t wait for his standup album after he retires again.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Phil is the best.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Phil, don’t ever change. Stern is a d-bag and we all know it.

  • ciolkstar

    I really like gambling and Casinos. We need a good one here in Texas, bad.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    is he talking about the hornets owner?

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    What Ben said. Also, not to change the subject, but WE GOT LINSDEY HUNTER, Y’ALL.

  • Breeze

    phil is just being phil

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Phil and sarcasm just fits. Congrats Russ.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Phil press conferences (without fail) are basically every great meltdown boiled into one…except for the fact that for him it’s not a meltdown, it’s comedic, dry-witted gold.

  • ballinpro24

    Phil is right. the league and the commish are a bunch a hypocrites and d- bags!!!!! Just keep on coaching Phil!! GO LAKERS!!

  • http://hypebeast.com Spaceship Jay

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA… Wait.. He’s got a point.

  • http://www.asternwarning.com mookie

    I BET……. ;)

  • Mo

    Phil Jackson is always trying to make something out of nothing. Did he say anything about the Maloofs’casino being allowed to bet on NBA games?

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Michael Jordan promotes gambling.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Phil’s point is more about the casino being promoted IN THE VISITOR’S LOCKER ROOM. I mean, come on. That’s absurd by any standard.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @Russ: that is AWESOME.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Can’t wait to see what Phil says to upset the polygimists when we play Utah.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    please Phil, write more books! This man has still some stories to tell.

  • Jayemmbee

    @ Jackie Moon
    MJ doesnt promote it, he just does it, within limits that won’t send him to the poor house

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  • Mo

    If beer ads are in the locker rooms is he scared his players are going to go on drinking binges?

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    @Mo: He’s terrified.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Mo: No, but given the NBA’s apparent wish to dissociate themselves entirely from gambling (and The Great Donaghy Controversy), it does seem a little obnoxious. Because the advertising is aimed DIRECTLY AT THE PLAYERS—a rather high-income group who shouldn’t be gambling in the first place. And I’m sure Harrah’s pays dearly for that placement. George Shinn has always sucked, and this is just further proof of it.

  • chintao

    Fil = Summer’s Eve

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  • Cizzo

    I Bet $500 Buck that Kobi don’t care.

  • The Promise

    Phil. Shut up and coach.

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  • don angelo

    Well as far as I’ve been watching the NBA Phil Jackson is one of the best coach i,ve ever seen in my life. His a coach that would take some suggestions from his players and he open to do something out nothing…He’s one of the best..!

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