Lakers’ Jackson ‘not a fan’ of Heat style
Phil Jackson has another thought on the Miami Heat: He doesn’t
like how they play.
Speaking Thursday before his Los Angeles Lakers visited Miami,
Jackson likened the way the Heat play to an Xbox video game and
said they rely too much on 1-on-1 basketball.
”I’m not a big fan of the style that Miami plays,” Jackson
said. ”I like to see everybody involved in the game.”
It was just the latest public statement from Jackson on the
Heat, a list that includes how their roster was assembled last
summer and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra saying Miami had some players
”crying” in the locker room after a loss to Chicago earlier this
Jackson also questioned Spoelstra’s job security earlier this
year, then quickly apologized for that remark.
”He’s doing a good job,” said Jackson, a winner of 11 NBA
titles as a coach, including the last two with the Lakers. ”He’s
going to be fine.”
Asked Thursday if he took interest in how Miami was coming
together as a team, especially with all the interest in how LeBron
James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh came together last summer,
Jackson paused for a brief moment.
He said he enjoys watching teams like San Antonio and Boston and
the styles those teams play.
The Heat? Not so much, especially since there are long stretches
where most of Miami’s offense revolves around two or three players
at the most, instead of the get-everyone-involved-when-possible
approach Jackson prefers.
”I think that’s really important to basketball,” Jackson said.
”That’s what I’m trying to preach as a basketball coach, even
though we have a guy that dominates the ball in Kobe (Bryant).
Their basketball is very much standing with Xbox games or whatever
those games are. Basketball’s not a 1-on-1 game. It’s a team
He’s hardly the first to suggest that the Heat rely too heavily
on James and Wade, who came into Thursday ranked second and fourth
respectively in the league scoring stats.
After that, the Heat offensive consistency has been
inconsistency, something Bosh and other Miami players have
acknowledged as a problem.
”I don’t really care what people say about us, personally,”
Wade said earlier Thursday, a few hours before Jackson spoke.
Miami came into Thursday on a five-game slide. The Lakers
started the day as the NBA’s hottest team, winners of eight