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

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.

"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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