-- As the NBA Finals get underway beginning Thursday in Los Angeles, one of the storylines in this match up of two great rivals, Celtics versus Lakers, is regardless of the outcome, this could be the end of Phil Jackson's terrific run as coach of the Lakers.chanel shoes
A myriad of factors will weigh in on a decision that will largely be his alone to make, but at 64 and in the final year of a contract that compensates him to the tune of $12 this season, Jackson really has no new barriers to break.
He has won more championships, 10, than any other pro coach of a major sports league in the United States (including the NBA record held by the great Red Auerbach of the Boston Celtics).
With this championship series, the Lakers' head coach matches another historic coaching milestone. Since 1991, Jackson has now reached 13 finals tying National Hockey League coach Scotty Bowman. Jackson did it with two teams the Chicago Bulls and the Lakers. In a career that stretched from 1968 to 2002, hockey's Bowman coached for the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings.
While Jackson still loves the game itself, the competitive aspects of the NBA and the growth and maturity of his team, the hectic traveling schedule of the NBA through an exhibition season, an 82-game regular season and the pressure-packed playoffs, takes a toll on a man in his mid-sixties.
Jackson reportedly has undergone two hip replacement surgeries since October 2006, and he missed games with pain and swelling in his legs associated with plantar fascitis. Jackson reportedly believes the frequent late-night flights during a season aggravate his condition.
There is also the high expectations of the fans and ownership that come with a franchise that has enjoyed a lot of success throughout its history.chanel outlet
But if this is indeed his last hurrah, will Jackson go out victorious? What will he and his coaching staff look to as keys to winning the NBA crown against Boston?chanel shoes
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