Re: SA Spurs slide means...
posted at 4/5/2011 10:10 PM EDT
In Response to Re: SA Spurs slide means...
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: SA Spurs slide means... : Actually not true. Many people in Chicago hate the guy's guts. Most of us in Boston don't like him because of the pot shots he's taken at Red over the years. I also know many people out here who think he's overrated. It is under debate if Phil is even the greatest LAKERS coach of all-time. That would be Pat Riley, IMO. An innovator and motivator. Chuck Daly is number 3 in my book. An offensive coach when he came into the league, he re-invented himself and his team, into the best defensive group of all-time. Red, Riley, Daly. Phil? The WINNINGEST coach of all-time, but not the best!
Posted by hedleylamarr[/QUOTE]
Well! That's one man's opinion. And as you know, like @$$holes, we all have one.
Like Pat Riley, their are some people in LA who no longer care for him because he left the Lakers. But the vast majority of Angelino's still love Pat for what he did. The same can be said of Phil in Chicago. There will always be a vocal minority who will say they hate him because he left the Bulls and went to the Lakers. But again, the VAST MAJORITY love and respect him for the run they had in Chicago.
As far as Red is concerned, he's done his fair share of taking pot shots at Phil. What would you expect from Phil when he played for the Knicks. The C's and Knicks hated each other in Red's glory years. But Phil still respected Red and said so. Red was every bit as arrogant as Phil. In fact, Red was Phil before Phil was Phil. His "victory cigar" turned off a lot of other coaches and fans, so let's not paint Red as a saint.
As far as the greatest coach, as much as we loved Pat, he can't be placed ahead of Phil. Pat had Magic in his prime and Kareem at center with a bunch of highflying athletes. Showtime worked in LA because he had the athletes. He didn't have much success in NY, and the only reason he won in Miami was because everything fell just right that season. And I don't mean the acquisition of Shaq. In reality, Shaq rode D-Wade's coattails to another title.
Chuck Daly?! I'm sorry, but I'd put Red Holtzman above Daly, and probably a few others.