HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Add Lakers coach Phil Jackson to the (long) list of folks poking/praising the Miami Heat this season.
Jackson says his Lakers can’t chase the 70-win mark this season but the Heat can do so in the future. At least that’s what he told reporters in Denver today after his team’s shootaround for tonight’s game against the Nuggets on TNT.
“I think this Miami team could,” Jackson said. “They’re talented enough to do that,” he continued. “They may not be deep enough quite yet or have all their persons in place and teamwork just down, but if they stay together, they have a good chance. They have a very talented team.”
Something tells me Heat coach Erik Spoelstra would have been just fine without any added hype from Jackson, long heralded as the master of mind games around the NBA.
While he’s touting the Heat as a potential 70-win crew, at some point, Jackson gave an extremely detailed explanation why his team shouldn’t be considered for such a lofty mark.
“It’s not going to happen [for us],” Jackson said about the 70-win talk surrounding his team. “The schedule’s too tough. The travel is extenuating in the Western Conference, there’s very difficult time zone changes that you go through and all the stuff that happens. And that’s disregarding the idea that you can play with all your players for the rest of the season.
“Everything has to just break perfect for that to happen, plus the team has to be very, very resilient and very, very capable of filling in for one another at multiple positions.”
Wouldn’t those same conditions apply to the Heat (5-3) now and in the future?
Ah, the Zen Master is already in playoff form.