THE Phil Jackson Slams Duke Basketball !!!

Phil Jackson
BobLee
July22/ 2015

Forget about TGU…. Forget about RewardingRoy…. or Trashing Sylvia…. or Art Said…. or Logo Stomping / Locker Room trashing…. even forget about “Dickie’s” Mega-$$$$ pension.  None of that matters any more.   The rapt attention of The Planet can now be focused on something REALLY IMPORTANT:

Phil Jackson – THE Phil Jackson – has dissed “Duke Basketball”.   Arguably the most successful NBA coach EVER just knee-capped the most successful College coach EVER.   Phil sucker-punches Mike.  Sure it was just one random comment, but it LIT UP FRANKLIN STREET!

To honor this Epic Event…. Every pizza joint in Chapel Hill is offering a FREE medium two-toppings to every orderer saying his/her name is “Phil”….. or says he/she is “Jack’s son” (think about it!).

Donald Trump has yet to weigh in on “this one”.   Neither has Cherokee Park or Jeanne Buss.

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New York Knicks President Phil Jackson: Duke Players Fail To Live Up To Expectations In The NBA

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On Monday, Charley Rose published the fourth article in a five-part ESPN series about New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, and his attempt to gut and rebuild the team. While most of the focus, and the headlines, of the article, which is based on interactions with Jackson on January 10, focus on the Knicks trading Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith and committing to tanking the 2014-15 season, Jackson did reveal a bit of his draft thought process at the time. Specifically, he wasn’t enamored with Duke center Jahlil Okafor, or Duke prospects in general, for that matter.

His time with the Bulls seems so long ago now, with the Knicks closer to picking at top of the draft than the top of the standings.

At best, the Knicks would get the first pick and tab center Jahlil Okafor, although Jackson thinks he might not be aggressive enough. “Also, if you look at the guys who came to the NBA from Duke, aside from Grant Hill, which ones lived up to expectations?”

That’s a bit harsh coming from an NBA legend like Jackson, but not entirely untrue. The Blue Devils haven’t had a ton of NBA superstars, but they consistently put people in the league. According to CBS Sports’ college basketball alumni tracker, 20 former Blue Devils project to be on NBA rosters in 2015-16, and that doesn’t include guys like Seth Curry, who could make a roster after big summer league or D-League performances.

Jackson has forgotten more basketball than any of us know, but it is pretty interesting to see him knock one of college basketball’s premier programs like that.

[ESPN]

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In a somewhat related event…. Michael Jordan just signed Tyler Hansbrough to a free agent contract with the Charlotte Hornets.  No word if Tyler’s mamma – Tami – will be signed as a Hornets’ sales representative.

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Doug
Doug
5 years ago

“The Duke players have 20 points in IQ advantage on the rest including UNC. What they give up in athleticism they make up in intelligence.”  Pure group think IMO and more or less Duke’s version of mainlining its own copycat brand of TCW flavored Kool-Aid. The national media also plays a prominent role in propagating this myth and Duke’s acolytes merrily buy right in. Sound familiar?

Jim
Jim
5 years ago

here is a simple fact for Phil and the fans to ponder. The Duke players have 20 points in IQ advantage on the rest including UNC. What they give up in athleticism they make up in intelligence. Which would you rather have?

Momo
Momo
5 years ago

Thanks for sharing Phil’s quote, BL. I’m an ABCer, but Phil’s comment has merit. Of course K would deny that, but he is aware of that perception, and no one is more aware of the importance of perception than K. The perception of him and his program, his “brand”, is what drives him. I think he works harder than anyone to control and market his brand, and, (as evidenced by his unparallelled recruiting results), has succeeded in disassociating Phil’s perception from his brand. Right now his brand is laser-focused on the one-and-done demographic (of course Roy would do the same, but alas, he grasps neither the importance, nor… Read more »

TheCowdog
TheCowdog
5 years ago

Roy’s staff?  Hmmm. Better get on it ASAP…

as in tonite.

TheCowdog
TheCowdog
5 years ago

Wolfdon speaks Cowdogese. Well…no one does that, but that was my whole takeaway just the same.

 

 

wolfdon
wolfdon
5 years ago

What a great coach!……, to be able to win all those champeenships with “nonprofessional grade” student athletes.:)

Doug
Doug
5 years ago

Last I heard Pete was the head ball coach of the National Women’s BB Team of India.

Doug
Doug
5 years ago

Reggie Love has contacted AG Loretta Lynch to see if a hate crime has been committed by Phil. Dick Groat is glad he decided to play baseball. Danny Ferry had no comment. Shavlik Randolph. Never mind. 🙂

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