T.J. SIMERS

Finals Should Be Short And Tweet, With A Lakers' Sweep

 

 

Here we are, and it really doesn't get any bigger than this with only four games to play in this year's NBA Finals.

The thrill, the excitement and the anticipation that come with waiting for Jeanie's next tweet, twit or the latest amateur home video released by Phil &Jeanie.

But first the latest installment of "Phil & I," moments before Game 1, the YMCA coach they've put in charge of Orlando asked the obvious question: "Are you intimidated at all by Phil Jackson or his championship resume?"

"What's he going to do me?" Stan Van Gundy shot back, apparently ruling out the possibility our guy might outthink, outsmart and outcoach him.

"His resume in these championships is pretty good," I replied, figuring someone needed to stick up for Phil.

"He's a great, great coach, but intimidated?" Van Gundy huffed. "I'd be intimidated, I guess, if Dwight Howard or one of these NBA players threatened to kick my ass. Phil sitting down there on his chair doesn't intimidate me, no."

Then why is Jerry Buss paying the guy $11 million? To date his daughter? OK, so I can relate, and if I had the money . . .

This just in, a tweet from Jerry's daughter: "we may have trouble in stands -- Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) and Superman (Tom Welling) from Smallville here."

Where else could you get such goosebumps? But then I digress, the most important thing going into this series, I thought, Phil's nine rings and experience advantage. And yet the YMCA coach basically says whoop-de-do.

What do you say, Phil?

"Anybody have a question they'd like to ask that's meaningful?" said Phil, the media more than willing to let him practice being intimidating whenever he wants.

So someone else immediately chimed in, Phil asked what he would tell people who think NBA games are fixed, Phil going on and on as if it was a meaningful question, 126 words in all to essentially say, "No they're not."

I gave it another try, telling Phil, "I'm going to give it another try," and because we are buds now, he gave his permission to continue.

"I heard an interview with Mitch Kupchak earlier and he said there's not much coaching going on now and Van Gundy doesn't think much of you. Aren't you worth something here in this thing?"

"You hope," Phil replied, "as John Wooden would say, your coaching is done when you get to the game -- that you've done the preparation work."

With the mention of Wooden, I said, there's the perception you don't take timeouts, "Did you steal that from Wooden too?"

"I do take timeouts," protested Phil.

"Most people think you never do," I said.

"I know," Phil said, apparently accepting the fact he's misunderstood everywhere else but here.

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