Phil Jackson… “Shade Master”

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Phil Jackson is well known around the sports world as “the Zen master”. But if you’ve been following his career as a coach and now an executive you would also know that this man takes an intense perverse pleasure in very subtly throwing shots at other coaches, other teams, team fan bases, other teams players, and even his own players. Phil truly might have an addiction. He says more shady things then a group of contestants on Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

Phil’s new needless kerfuffle is with LeBron James. From ESPN.com’s Jackie MacMullan. :

“It had to hurt when they lost LeBron. That was definitely a slap in the face. But there were a lot of little things that came out of that. When LeBron was playing with the Heat, they went to Cleveland and he wanted to spend the night. They don’t do overnights. Teams just don’t. So now (coach Erik) Spoelstra has to text [Pat] Riley and say, ‘What do I do in this situation?’ And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, ‘You are on the plane, you are with this team.’ You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.”

“I always thought Pat had this really nice vibe with his guys. But something happened there where it broke down. I do know LeBron likes special treatment. He needs things his way.”

Some quick questions. Jackson is currently the President of the New York Knicks, why is he commenting on another team’s player? Two, why are you sharing what sounds like first hand information, from the Heat, in a interview that’s supposed to be about the New York Knicks? Finally… Phil who the eff says “posse” anymore. I’m not going to address whether this had racial intent or not since I highly doubt that was the TYPE of malicious intent Phil wanted. But please believe his intent was to throw shots at LeBron.

Lets look at some of Phil’s greatest hits of shade:

On the Spurs:

“Tim Duncan making the salary he’s making after being part of a dynasty—not a dynasty, I wouldn’t call San Antonio a dynasty—a force, a great force. They haven’t been able to win consecutive championships but they’ve always been there.”

“I always kind of term that as an asterisk season out of this fun at poking fun at San Antonio. In reality it changes the complexity of how you play the game and what you make your team up with.”

From the Associated Press: 

The Spurs made 13 3-pointers in their 107-92 victory on Tuesday
night, and Jackson was asked if too much penetration was leading to
open outside shooters.

“We call this a ‘Brokeback Mountain’ game, because there’s so
much penetration and kickouts,” Jackson said. “It was one of
those games.”

On Steph Curry:

“Never seen anything like SCurry? Remind you of Chris Jackson/ Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who had a short but brilliant run in NBA?”

On Ron Artest’s feet:

Jackson referred to his forward’s made-in-China Peak sneakers as “concrete boots,” telling reporters that, “Those shoes look like they’re made for the Hudson River.”

On the City of Memphis:

“It’s like Dresden after the war.”

On Sacramento from the USA Today:

Jackson called Sacramento a “cow town” and said Kings fans were “semi-civilized” and “maybe redneck in some form or fashion.”

Bare in mind these quotes weren’t hard to find and that Phil is well known for knowing EXACTLY what he is saying so as to manipulate his teams into performing or just generally getting his way. At the end of the day Phil Jackson ENJOYS “tweaking” people, organizations and cities. Why? Who knows. What does he get out of it? Goosebumps? The giggles? Either way Phil knows what he’s doing its about time he stops being “messy”….

“Shade master”

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