Adande: “Van Gundy has studied Finals history. Jackson has lived it”

A talk of the leaders (coaches).

ESPN: At first glance it seems that Stan Van Gundy is doing all of the coaching in this series, while Phil Jackson is doing all of the winning.

Van Gundy is taking the risks, making the bold moves, whether it’s bringing Jameer Nelson back from a shoulder injury into major minutes, or trying every lineup combination from two big men to no point guard.

Jackson just seems to be sitting back, unimpressed and unmoved. The most he can be troubled to do is offer a slight smirk.

The reason he so seldom panics, the method behind the apparent madness that allows him to sit back without calling timeout while his team flails on the court, is that he trusts his players will learn on their own from their mistakes.

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  • My Nigga says

    Me and Phil lived it and took a dump in it.