A troubled Dennis Rodman, a running feud between two superstars Kobe and Shaq a unhappy Lamar Odom and the list goes on and on with Phil Jackson’s core of hardcore ballers. The Zen master was never rattled and would rarely push the panic button even if his team is on the verge of breaking loose. When Michael Jordan was scoring at will but still end up in the loosing end Phil together with Tex Winter invented the triangle offense so that Michael would learn how to pass and get more involvement with the team.
There would be times when Phil would have yoga session with his team and giving inspirational books for those troubled souls. It’s how Phil Jackson operates and it’s how he motivates his team in which resulted with 9 NBA championships.
He is the master of mind games and after their game four loss against Houston who paraded a roster without two of their main offense Yao and Mcgrady, Jackson boldly said he is not concerned…
The Lakers were complacent about their chances after Yao was out of the playoffs with a hairline fracture but what they didn’t know that they are fighting a wounded tiger. Aaron Brooks was all over the court scoring a career high 34 points and Shane Battier held up Bryant to a measly 15 points. The Lakers have to gather their act and start playing as a team. Losing their opening game wasn’t a coincidence and losing in game four was a validation that the Rockets won’t give up that easily.
Phil Jackson knows it’s going to be a tough series but still he is firm about his team’s confidence. Being down 10 points in the first half Phil could easily call a timeout to remind his team about defense but he let them play through and let them find a solution to the hole they’ve dig in.
Phil went into his bag of tricks and had a pep talk with his team after the game four loss and resulted with a 40 point trashing in game five.
Phil has been through situations far worst than what he is into… The Zen Master is not concerned… if you have a former MVP and two seven footers with a loaded bench why should he be…