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Scot Pollard: Phil Jackson ‘one of the most overrated coaches of our time’

May 11, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT


Phil Jackson walked off the court, perhaps for the final time, after his Lakers got humbled by the Mavericks in the playoffs last week. All that remains is to place his legacy, and former Sacramento King Scot Pollard got a head start today.

Pollard, who retired in 2008 after an 11-year NBA career, also pitched in when former Kings players rallied to help keep the team in Sacramento. He visited KHTK radio in Sacramento to talk about that, but didn’t have to be prodded when the conversation came around to Jackson.

“Oh man. I just think he’s one of the most overrated coaches of our time. He’s only had the greatest players of our era on his teams. Put him in charge of the Sacramento Kings this year, and I don’t mean to offend Sacramento fans, but put him on a team with no Hall-Of-Famers on it at least no one that has established themselves as a Hall-Of-Famer already, put him as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers right now and let’s see how he does next year with no Hall-Of-Famers on the team. That’s all I’m saying.

I respect his championships, I respect his ability to get egos in line and get them in the same direction, but I just think he’s overrated because he’s only had the greatest players of our generation.

All I’m saying is I would like to see Phil Jackson coach a team that doesn’t belong in the playoffs. … I think if you put him in charge of a team without at least one or two future Hall-Of-Famers on it and I’m not sure he’s going to get you a championship ring. I doubt that.”

Is Jackson overrated? I’m more in the camp of: ‘We’ll probably never know exactly how good a coach Phil Jackson was.’ Surely he is somewhat overrated, but to rip into him so vigorously is probably not deserved, and certainly ill-timed.

But I’m sure Jackson isn’t losing any sleep over Pollard’s words. Any time the Lakers coach feels depressed, he can go gaze at his NBA title rings, or, you know, go cry on an enormous bag of money.

Scott Pollard: Phil Jackson ‘One Of The Most Overrated Coaches Of Our Time’ [Huffington Post]
Scot Pollard on Phil Jackson: ‘I just think he’s one of the most overrated coaches of our time’ [Sports Radio Interviews]

  1. 1historian - May 12, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    How many rings adorn the digits of Sir Gasbag?
    Granted Jackson had great players to work with, but he did what he did – 11 championships is, as they say, 11 championships.

  2. ThatGuy - May 12, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    I kind of agree with him. The guy didn’t have one team, his entire career without a HOF player on it. He had long stints with two+ HOFers on the team. And all put two seasons had either MJ or Kobe. I don’t think anyone can actually say how good he was at actually coaching.

  3. jaydeee11 - May 12, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    You can also look at it from another point of view: Would Michael, Kobe, Shaq and Scottie be HOF players or future HOF’ers if Phil hadn’t coached them? Last time I looked at the record books none of them had a championship before Phil got there.

    • henryd3rd - May 12, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      I agree with you and let me ask one question. Who the hell is Scot Pollard and what did he accomplish while he was playing in the NBA? His most notable claim to fame was wearing that stupid ponytail while playing to keep his flowing locks out of his eyes and while getting posterized by MJ and Kobe. The dude was a 7 foot benchwarmer who should never ever complain about Jackson’s coaching ability

  4. goforthanddie - May 12, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    His coaching ability is immeasurable, since he never had to do more than write in All-Stars for his line-up. He did have a two-time defending championship team this year, basically the same team that won last year, and got embarrassed in the playoffs.

  5. stoop57 - May 13, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Doug Collins was one year away from being Phil Jackson

  6. 1historian - May 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    wtf is scott f…..g pollard?