Not everyone is giving Phil Jackson props this week on the heels of the news that he's (probably!) finished coaching in the NBA. Okay, so just about everyone is—but former Sacramento King Scot Pollard gave his take on Jackson's coaching career to Sac-Town radio station KHTK yesterday and he had, well, nothing but bad things to say about it.
"I just think he's one of the most overrated coaches of our time," he said. "He's only had the greatest players of our era on his teams. Put him in charge of the Sacramento Kings this year—and I don't mean to offend Sacramento fans—but put him on a team with no Hall of Famers on it, at least no one that has established themselves as a Hall of Famer already, put him as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers right now and let's see how he does next year with no Hall of Famers on the team. That's all I'm saying."
Well, that was almost all he was saying. Until he continued. "I'm totally on board with his managing of egos," he said. "All I'm saying is Phil Jackson has never...taken a team that wasn't a playoff team and turned them into a playoff team. The players that played for him turned into a playoff team."
We'll admit: He's kind of got a point here. Jackson had Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in their primes. But he's also Scot-fuckin'-Pollard, so who gives a shit what his point is, right? Know your role and shut your mouth, son. [via Sports Radio Interviews]