With the release of his new book, Eleven Rings, Phil Jackson has been a virtual walking soundbite. But, are the things he is saying, most likely for publicity, ruining his legacy? This player is better than that player. I’d take that player over that one.
I truly see no need to compare players. Is Jordan better than Kobe? Better than LeBron? Better than Bill Russell? Who cares? These players played in their prime in different eras. You want to talk about the greats? Talk about how they would excel in any era in NBA history. Don’t minimize their achievements by saying they are not as good as someone else.
And to use championships as a measure of greatness? Come on. Barkley, Ewing, Stockton, Malone. Are they not some of the greatest ever? Amongst them only Ewing has an NCAA championship (where he was 1-2 in championship games). So, are they not great? Titles are won with players but built with teams. Jordan, Kobe and Bill Russell did not win titles with a bunch of scrubs. These rosters had all-stars and Hall of Famers.
Will these media blitz tarnish Phil Jackson’s image? Probably not. But it certainly showing a non-Zen side to his personality. Get back to meditating, Phil.