Phil Jackson = Over rated

With Phil splitting ways with the Knicks, leaving them somehow worse off than when he got there, we might have to question the legitimacy of his legacy.

11 rings. Phil Jackson has 11 rings as a coach and two more as a player. He’s been to the big dance. He’s won it more than Bill Russell. His accomplishments are unpresidented.

But, let’s be honest here. Phil Jackson owes his rings to a couple people.

Michael Jordan, the greatest of all time, and Kobe Bryant, the second greatest of all time. Not to mention the laundry list of of other Hall-Of-Famers he assembled. Let’s list them.

Bulls Hall-Of-Famers under Jackson

  • Michael Jordan
  • Scottie Pippen
  • Dennis Rodman
  • Robert Parish

Lakers Hall-Of-Famers under Jackson

  • Shaquille O’Neal
  • Kobe Bryant (soon-to-be)
  • Robert Horry (likely)
  • Pau Gasol (likely)

Three top 10 players. Four top 25. Phil Jackson built super teams before the term was coined. Phil Jackson wasn’t a coach that had immense talent in actual coaching. Sure he had the triangle, which was eventually figured out, but, what he was best at was getting the BEST players to play for his team.

Shaq was the most dominant center ever. Michael Jordan doesn’t lose. Kobe was an undeniable scoring threat.

This debacle with the Knicks shows you that without a top ten player (sorry Carmelo), Phil has troubles managing a team. When Kobe and MJ run the team for you, you get to look good.