After noticing Freddie Gibbs’ insightful and often humorous observations on sports through his Twitter account, Rap Radar decided to give him a forum to express his thoughts on the thrills of victory and the agonies of defeat. It’s Gangsta Gibbs Wide World Of Sports. The black Bill Simmons is here. And for his ninth column, Gibbs bids adios to the winningest coach in sports history, Phil Jackson.
This blunt’s for you Phil.
Rick Carlisle said you were about to go off into the mountains of Montana and smoke peyote and meditate. Before you do that though, I just want to say thanks for helping to make the 90s so memorable for myself and many others in BULLS Nation across the globe.
I must admit, I liked Doug Collins as a coach and still do to this day. I remember my pops and a few of my uncles scratching their heads at the coaching change in ’89 but the Bulls couldn’t get out of the 2nd round. So they brought in the Zen Master.
At the time our main goal was to get tough enough to get past the Bad Boys of Detroit. Those early 90s battles with the Pistons and heated games with the Knicks showed that you injected character into our team.
The six times you took us to the Finals you won but each time seemed like a breeze compared to what we had to endure in the Eastern Conference Finals. I mean, sure you had the greatest player of all-time and arguably the greatest small forward of all-time on that Bulls team, but nobody could manage talent like you. Even when you went to the Lakers, you were dealt a pretty good hand with Kobe and Shaq. But shit, Rudy Tomjanovich couldn’t do shit with that, neither could Del Harris.
I was bitter when you went to the Lakers though, but I knew Jerry Reinsdorf and the Bulls front office ain’t shit and can be difficult to work for. Hell, they ain’t even want to pay MJ. I’m glad you went there and passed Red Auerbach to solidify yourself as the greatest coach in American sports history. I just wish you could’ve did it all from the Bulls bench. That would be too much like perfect.
Either way it goes Phil you the illest. I seen you shit on other coaches championship dreams like Paul Westphal, Rick Adelman, George Karl and Jerry Sloan. Those guys will probably never win rings but you got enough for every finger plus one more extra. You always carried yourself with class and dignity. No reporter or journalist could break you down at the podium in the post game whether you won or lost.
It’s a shame that the clowns you coach in LA sent you out on such a sour note, bringing you your first sweep in your coaching career. Not to mention the fouls at the end of the game by Odom and Bynum. We know you Phil and we know that’s not a true depiction of the coach you are. Them niggas were just being sore losers. And even though Andrew gave that bullshit apology, he won’t be a Laker next year either.
I love Tom Thibodeau and if he amounts to half the coach you are and gets a least a couple rings I’ll be excited, shiiit I might even win a little money. So this breakfast blunt’s for you Phil Jackson. You held this shit down for years. Now the question is, will you stay gone for good? I’m out this bitch too my nigga, well at least til next Monday.
ESGN on you hoez.