Monday, February 1st, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  31 responses

Phil Jackson’s Tough Hall of Fame Decision

This is what qualifies as a good problem to have: “There’s a generation of people that identify with the Showtime Lakers of the ’80s and similarly with the ’90s Chicago teams,” Jackson said. “I don’t know if you can say we’re the dominant team of this decade, but we’re pretty close. So I’m sure there’s a whole generation of kids who see me only as the Lakers coach. They’re not familiar with the Bulls at all’ …  Does Jackson identify more with the Lakers now that he’s in his 10th year with the organization after nine as coach of the Bulls? ‘My own personal (opinion,’ he said, ‘I’d have to have a jacket with both sides — one side Lakers, the other side Bulls.”‘

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  • http://www.5linx.net/teamsvp Rome

    LEts see 6>4= he goes with Bulls..

  • http://ww.kb24.com The Seed

    All I know is he is the greatest NBA coach ever and you can say have coached three different dynasties, two three peats in Chi, one in LA, and if Lakers can just get one more title after back to back Finals apperances, would be four different mini dynasties as coach in a players league. The Zen Master!!

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

    to me, I will always remember him as coach of one of the greatest teams ever, the 90′s Bulls.
    On a sidenote: the sideline interviews with Phil are always hilarious/cringeworthy. Did you see it yesterday, when that lady asked him about Bynum? He just blew her off with a smile. I love it.

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    He’s had the benefit of having the talented teams in the L. Last year was imho his best coaching job where he won a chip without arguably the best two players in the L. I look at him as a Bulls coach as that’s where he built his legacy. But if he wins a chip or two more maybe I’ll see him differently.

  • slamfan4life

    Started his career with the Bulls, and had the GOAT along with a top 50 player of all time in Pip; and RODMAN’S crazy ass

    1990′s Bulls were the best teams in history, and would rape every Lakers team Phil every coached


  • slamfan4life

    Started his career with the Bulls, and had the GOAT along with a top 50 player of all time in Pip; and RODMAN’S crazy ass

    1990′s Bulls were the best teams in history, and would rape every Lakers team Phil every coached


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  • TyMo

    Would have won eight straight titles in Chi-town had MJ not retired in ’93

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    co-sign TyMo

  • ReppinChi-Town

    Phil will always be a Bull in my eyes. Without his 6 Championships in the Chi, do you think he even gets an interview in L.A.?

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    6 championships in 9 years, or 4 championships in 10 years. The only reason he’s claiming it’s a tossup is because he’s currently with the Lakers.

  • http://jayemmbee.blogspot.com ClutchPerformer

    the Chi made you, and you will be enshrined there, theres too many legends on the Lakers while the bulls you will stand out there forever

    Phil ,Scottie and Mike thats how I’ll remember them.
    besides 2 3peats with one team, and never having to quit cuz you got annoyed of the star player
    and you could have gone 8 straight. that ends the arguement right there

  • Lebran

    Co-sign Tymo
    Heres some algebra for yo asses..

    MJ = Jesus


    Phil = God.

  • realtalk

    we have to stop giving credit to these coaches they don’t do anything. remember before gasol and fisher came to this team they were getting bounced in the 1st round by the suns. is the players never the coaches.

  • rob

    @TyMo you’re 100% right.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    you people saying bulls would have won 8 straight are on crack. first off, 95? mike was there, they lost to orlando. and if they had beaten orl, hakeem was waiting to destroy their souls. same in 94, if mike was still there, they would have lost to houston, who would have guarded hakeem? nobody. also, if mike hadnt retired, many things wouldnt have happened. they probably wouldnt have gotten rodman, etc. so you cant just say they would have won 8 straight. that said, phil created his identity with the bulls.

  • http://www.realultimatepower.net doyouwantmore

    Bulls. That’s where he established the triangle.

  • Remo Williams

    @Lebran… i dont think Jesus/God would’ve lost any games if they were best player/coach on a team

    @Tarzan… exactly. thats why the games are played

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think burnout more than Hakeem would have done the Bulls in. That first Houston team did not have a lot of talent outside of Hakeem. I think would have gotten at least one ring, but I don’t know about two.

  • socal.s

    PJ is the best. He got to coach the two best players EVER!!

    1. KB
    2. MJ

    Yes, in that order…..

    Haters gonna hate….

  • TyMo

    Jordan had just come back from a near two-year retirement and was clearly rusty against Orlando. And the Bulls didn’t trade for Rodman until 1995, after MJ had already come back. I would have liked to see MJ’s Bulls against Dream’s Rockets in the Finals. While Hakeem may have dominated in the paint, I would never bet against MJ.

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    Pretty cool jacket.

  • giogolo

    @ TARZAN hohohohoho

    in 1991,1992,1993..Guess what? Akeem was also there..!! What a coincidence? who won?THey both started at 1984 so seems pretty fair to me. Only Jordan got to it first 2 times 3 peat woth only a back2back for Houston. Akeem is the Dream but MJ is the Goat and ’90′s Bulls were 1 of the best teams all time if not The best.

  • kennyrocks

    i was born in 88 so i didnt see too much bulls action, but definitely right now its gotta be bulls, unless he completes this threepeat, THEN the debate should begin. but seriously, phil must feel like the luckiest man in basketball.

  • kennyrocks

    on top, my last comment was the 23rd comment n this is 24 (hopefully), what?! what?!

  • hhhj

    @Gerard: hahahah ya i remember that.

    lady: so andrew bynum had a big first quarter, talk about his performance.

    phil: yeah, he did ok. *walks off*


  • chintao

    Idiot. Phuck Fil. He is/was/always will be an overrated coach of the most talented teams ever to lace sneaks. I hope somebody fills both sides of his ugly-assed blazer with hot nickels, then taps him twice in that fat head of his.

  • chintao

    By the way, doyouwantmore, the triangle belongs to Tex Winter. Without that guy by his side, Fil would have nothing. His life is all about taking credit while merely being in the right place at the right time with the right people to do the heavy lifting for him.

  • chintao

    Lebran doesn’t even know the difference between algebra and a false syllogism.

  • http://bigrubes@aol.com Jim R

    what wrong with 2 jackets

  • Marcus NZ

    zen master + jordan=chips
    zen master – jordan=none
    zen master + shaq + kobe=chips
    zen master – shaq + kobe=none
    zen master + kobe + maturing for kobe=chip(or could be chips) its simple. he needs the best player(s) in the game to win.