The Zen Mistress and his Inner Child
I don't think Phil Jackson had the happiest of childhoods. Whenever the Lakers lose, his inner child comes out as he tries to explain the loss.
"I told them this in the first quarter."
"I warned them about that in the second quarter"
"They didn't listen to me at half."
"Now see what happens at the end of the game."
The Zen Mistress strikes me as someone whose parents made him work to earn their approval, and now he's going to adopt that same approach toward his players. Last June Bob Ryan observed that Jackson's oversized bench chair isn't used just for therapeutic purposes.
It also is designed to build an aura.
A major part of that aura is projecting an "I'm the father, you're the child" relationship with his players. "You listen to me," the imperious Jackson intones, "or I'll take off my belt and we'll go to the shed."
If the Lakers fall behind the Celtics for homecourt, the purple may find themselves in the shed more than anyone in Tinseltown imagined.
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