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Lakers Phil Jackson Pours Petrol on Riley’s Miami Heat Fire

| by The Daily Heat

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson is a genius. No way to sugarcoat it. He's a brilliant tactician in every sense of the word, and when it comes to seeing 10 moves forward on the NBA chessboard, he’s the master.

Most recently, Jackson took a few moments out of his Zen-worshipping day to throw gasoline on the raging Miami Heat fire – from the comfort of Los Angeles home, of course. The Lakers head honcho spoke to a Chicago radio station about a Miami team that promised everyone three rings -- but currently possesses a pedestrian 8-6 record.

"I don't think it'll happen like we're talking about it tomorrow or anything like that," Jackson said in regards to Heat head coach, Erik Spoelstra, being replaced.

"But I think eventually if things don't turn around, the weight's going to fall there where, 'We were promised this successes and we were hoping for it' and I think there'll be a real drive for the players to have some kind of change. It's easier to change coaches than it would be to change teams after they made all those player adjustments.

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This judge looked an inmate square in the eyes and did something that left the entire courtroom in tears:

"The scenario that sits kind of behind the scene is that eventually these guys that were recruited -- Bosh and James -- by Pat Riley and Micky Arison, the owner, are going to come in and say, `We feel you [Riley] can do a better job coaching the team. We came here on the hopes that this would work,' and whatever, I don't know.

"That's kind of my take on it, is that eventually if things don't straighten out here soon, it could be the [Stan] Van Gundy thing all over again.''

Brilliant. Absolutely, unquestionably brilliant.

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