Centers' Little Helper

Dennis Hans, unrenowned former adjunct professor of mass comm and American foreign policy, relentlessly exposed the Bush administration’s “techniques of deceit” BEFORE the Iraq war, when it could have made a difference (see links). For decades he has fought baseball’s discrimination against lefthanded infielders and promoted his ingenious clockwise solution. A lifelong advocate for a flowing, non-brutal, flop-free NBA, he now champions the cause of its second-class citizens: the centers.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Orlando Magic should pursue Phil Jackson
Rumor has it that Phil Jackson is considering a return to the coaching ranks for the 2012-13 season. If such is the case, the Orlando Magic should pursue him. He said in an interview a while back that Dwight Howard would be his choice if he could pick one current player to build a team around. In Los Angeles, Jackson transformed Shaquille O'Neal from a stat-stuffing star to a championship centerpiece. As great as Shaq was, he easily could have played an entire career without winning a title if he had continued to be coached by the likes of Kurt Rambis and Del Harris. (Kurt was a lost coaching cause even then, while Del had plenty of good qualities but seemed to lack that certain something a championship coach needs.)
If the Magic sign Phil for four years, there's a great chance that Dwight would follow suit. Actually, it would probably need to happen simultaneously, as Phil would want to know that Dwight would be his cornerstone. Then again, Phil's ego is sufficiently (and justifiably) large that he might be willing to coach Dwight as he plays out his option in 2012-13, because (as Phil might reason) their first season together would surely leave Dwight hungry for more.

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