There’s been a lot of chatter about Phil Jackson going to the New York Knicks this offseason, but perhaps the greatest coach in NBA history should be looking elsewhere. With Mike Woodson’s contract reportedly under negotiations and Erik Spoelstra losing control of the Miami Heat, perhaps the Zen Master should be looking more southbound.
The Miami Heat have the right pieces to win a NBA championship right now. What they don’t have is a coach with the moxie and experience to take them the full distance.
After nine years of working together with Erik Spoelstra, as an assistant coach and head coach, it is obvious that Dwayne Wade still does not have the same amount of respect for Spoelstra that Spoelstra has for him.
After berating his head coach yesterday evening (twice), Spoelstra said that it happens all the time. In fact, he said that you would be surprised to know how often it happens.
However, I have yet to see Tim Duncan berate Gregg Poppovich or Michael Jordan yell at Phil Jackson, the way that the frustrated Dwayne Wade degraded his head coach last night. Championship caliber teams and coaches have a mutual respect for one another, even if they might not get along; much like Kobe and Phil, during their soap opera days in lala land.
In lieu of yesterday's drama, the Heat canceled today's practice to soothe tempers and make amends, when what they should have really been doing was practicing their defense against the Pacers big front court. If the Miami Heat lose in the 2nd round and fail to win a NBA championship with their Big 3 yet again, maybe what they really need is a little zen.