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With 11 championship rings, retired NBA coach Phil Jackson is arguably the best to ever do it. One of the most amazing things is that he was able to consistently put together championship teams during some of the NBA’s most competitive years. So what team does the Zen master say gave him the most trouble? None other than the Bad Boy Detroit teams of the early 1990’s.
“The Detroit Pistons were always hard to coach against,” Jackson said. “When I first got to Chicago, we had a couple of fracas.”
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Chuck Daly led Detroit teams of the early 90’s that featured Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, and Dennis Rodman, to name a few, there was a reason they were called the Bad Boys. That team wasn’t intimidated by anyone and played with a cockiness and reckless abandon that made them the team you loved to hate. Their battles with the Chicago Bulls during this period were legendary and one could argue that those tough games helped shape a young Michael Jordan into becoming the GOAT. So this pick by the Zen Master is hardly surprising.
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Mike D’Antoni has been a member of the Los Angeles Lakers for just over nine months and he’s already one of the most disliked characters in Lakers history, with fans chanting “We want Phil!” on a nightly basis, hoping that the legendary Phil Jackson will return to the sidelines once again.
However, D’Antoni says he knew coming into this that Phil would cast a shadow over...
Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated coaches in the history of the NBA. That does not mean that you will see him drawing up plays courtside anytime soon.
Despite that his significant other Jeanie Buss stated that he has the itch to return, Jackson told the Williston Herald that a reprisal of his zen master role is highly unlikely.
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During the legendary career of Phil Jackson – which saw the Zen Master win an unprecedented 11 rings – the player-turned-coach matched up against some of the toughest teams ever put together. From Jerry Sloan’s Utah Jazz, which featured the deadly one-two punch of John Stockton and Karl Malone, to Doc Rivers’ Boston Celtics, led by three talented veterans in Paul Pierce...
The Detroit Pistons might have finally found their 15th man.
According to a report on Yahoo! Sports, the Pistons have reached a contract agreement with fringe player Josh Harrellson. At 6'10", Harrellson brings the size Detroit needed, but he's short on NBA experience.
Harrellson was drafted by New Orleans in the second round of the 2011 draft, and immediately sold...
This is the future of the Detroit Pistons?
Wow. Mike Taylor just slapped Brandon Jennings at the Drew. Jennings lost it and had to be held back by his whole team.
— Danny Savitzky (@DannySavitzky) August 20, 2013
There are few truths in this world.
One appears to be the Lakers wanting Phil Jackson to be their head coach. Whether Jeanie Buss, Jackson's fiance(?), talks about the possibility of Phil returning more or not, the two are tied together and, thus, the franchise is tied to Jackson.
Let Phil Jackson put the kibash on that notion right now. . . for now. Jackson told the...
Brandon Jennings was on the wrong side of slap to the face during a Drew League game in Los Angeles this weekend, creating a bit of a scene. After scoring on Jennigns, former Iowa State standout Mike Taylor got into the face of the newest Detroit Pistons point guard, sparking a bit of a confrontation between the two.
That’s when Taylor, a 2008 Timberwolves draft pick who has...
Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond shot 37.1 percent from the free throw line last year.
But don’t expect the center to significantly change up his strategy as he enters his second year.
ESPN writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss pleaded with Drummond last Friday to start shooting free throws under-handed like Hall of Famer Rick Barry did in the 1970s.
“If your free throw shooting...
When the Pistons hired Rasheed Wallace as an assistant coach, it was specifically to help their big men, so he’s been spending a lot of time with 20-year-old center, Andre Drummond. During that time, Drummond has learned not to play a game of H-O-R-S-E with 16-year NBA veteran, Rasheed Wallace, who has more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
According to Keith Langlois, Pistons...
As previously noted on That NBA Lottery Pick, Rasheed Wallace is now an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons and thanks to that happening, we here at TNLP can find stories like this one.
It appears that Pistons center Andre Drummond decided to challenge Rasheed to a game of “HORSE” and well, we learn from Keith Langlois of Pistons.com that Andre probably shouldn’t have...
As the Drew League winds down in Los Angeles, a semi-final between the Kings of L.A. and Hank’s A-1 All-Stars got a little bit chippy.
Check out the below Grantland clip which shows former NBA player Mike Taylor getting into a confrontation with Pistons guard Brandon Jennings.
After Taylor makes a lay-up, Mike is seen exchanging glances/words with Jennings as he attempts to inbound...
Jeanie Buss feels her fiance’s coaching days aren’t quite over, but Phil Jackson seems to be thinking differently. The 11-time NBA Champion head coach has been battling health issues over the past couple of years.
Jackson was interviewed for the Lakers job last year, but L.A. decided to go in a different direction.
The Zen Master talked to local media at class reunion this weekend...
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Detroit Pistons have signed 24-year-old center, Josh Harrellson to a 2-year deal. Harrellson last played in the NBA for the Miami Heat last season where he averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6 games.
The Detroit Pistons have reached an agreement with forward Josh Harrellson on a two-year deal, a league source told Yahoo...
The Detroit Pistons have passed on signing veteran center Jason Collins according to a published report.
Sports Illustrated which published Collins' co-authored April essay in which he announced he is gay reported Detroit has elected not to sign Collins after recently working him out citing an official in the team's front office.
ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne and Marc...
The Detroit Pistons have decided not to sign Jason Collins.
Collins was being considered by the Pistons to give the frontcourt depth behind Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
Collins would have taken the spot of Slava Kravtsov on the roster.
Collins finished last season with the Washington Wizards.