The greatest coach in NBA history should have done something to prevent the greatest collapse in NBA Finals history.
L.A. Times: Intrigued by the idea, shocked at its audacity, folks around town are whispering it.
Adjusting their Tivos, rubbing their eyes, NBA fans around the country are wondering it.
So, what the Zen, we might as well say it.
Was it Phil Jackson’s fault?
Does the blame for the greatest collapse in recorded NBA Finals history lie with the greatest coach?
Could this memorable, macabre wounding of Lakers tradition have been prevented by the man paid $10 million a year to carry the Band-Aids?
It was Boston Celtics 97, Lakers 91 . . . and how much Phil Jackson?
The answer is, enough.
Enough that it’s worth questioning.
Enough that it’s worth wondering how a man with nine championship rings can allow his team to blow a 24-point lead at a championship moment in a championship series.