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The success Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan had together is well-documented, to say the least. You would assume that if given the opportunity, Jackson would take Jordan to start his franchise, given all of their aforementioned success. However, you know what they say about assuming… In an interview with Time Magazine, Jackson instead says he would take Celtics legend Bill Russell over Jordan if given the choice: “In my estimation, the guy that has to be there would be Bill Russell. He has won 11 championships as a player,” Jackson said in an interview with Time. “That’s really the idea of what excellence is, when you win championships.” The championship argument is sort of a cop-out. If that is your only criteria, Robert Horry is better than Kobe Bryant, which is obviously not the case. On the other hand, there is no way you can minimize how amazing Russell’s run was with legendary coach Red Auerbach. Jackson was a bit more politically correct when asked a similar question in regards to Jordan, and the other player Jackson is most commonly linked to, Kobe Bryant: “I would flip a coin,” he said. “Whichever one came up heads or tails, I’d take that person. They were that good.” A part of me believes strongly Jackson is purposefully making these types of statements for the mere purpose of promoting his new book, but that’s his prerogative, and probably a wise one at that. I am way too young to give an educated opinion on Bill Russell’s game, so I am biased towards Jordan naturally, but that by no means says Russell is the wrong answer. This often happens with these types of debates; people think that there is only one answer to an opinionated debate. Russell or Jordan, I think you’d be fine either way, but then again, that’s just my assumption. By: Frank Santos The post Phil Jackson says he would take Bill Russell over Michael Jordan to start team appeared first on Pass The Pill - Kings of Hoops.
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When people have discussions about the greatest players in the history of the NBA, it always seems that former Boston Celtics’ center Bill Russell is an afterthought. I’m not sure if it’s because of how long ago he played, or because he wasn’t a flashy offensive player, but my generation will consistently over look Russell [...]
In his ongoing quest to spoil every part of his book, Phil Jackson revealed in an interview with Time that if he was starting an alltime team, he wouldn’t start with Jordan. “In my estimation, the guy that has to be there would be Bill Russell. He has won 11 championships as a player. That’s really the idea of what excellence is, when you win championships.” Russell, seen...
Phil Jackson has been doing the media rounds to promote his new memoir, and in the process has given some strong opinions.
Last week Jackson compared Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant, and sided with Jordan on a lot of his opinions. Today he’s picking another player over Jordan to start a team if he had his pick.
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In an interview with Time, Phil Jackson eluded to the fact that he would select Bill Russell over Michael Jordan to center his dream team around.
Phil Jackson has coached four players whose places among the NBA’s all-time greats are undisputed. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal all had sizable roles in bringing Jackson his 11 championship rings, and most of the “Who was better?” debates Jackson is asked to weigh in on revolve around Jordan and Bryant (or Jud Buechler versus Jason Caffey...
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The former Bulls and Lakers coach made headlines earlier this month for saying that Michael Jordan was superior to Kobe Bryant .
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The comparisons are #apples2oranges Wonder what the perception would be if M played wit @ shaq instead #differentroles #differentcareerpaths
Phil Jackson has coached two of the greatest basketball players ever, yet he wouldn’t choose either one of them first if he were starting a team.
During an interview with Time, the former Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls coach said he would take Bill Russell first if he were starting a team, not Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant.
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Phil Jackson, while not actively in the NBA, hasn't really left the news since he retired. He's recently been appearing in headlines talking about coaching offers, the Lakers and his new book eleven rings. Recently, Jackson was interviewed by TIME and asked who he would chose to start a team with.
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