- 5:59 pm - Sun, May 8, 2011
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This is my favorite Phil Jackson moment.
The Lakers say the Lord’s Prayer together after Sunday games. After winning the ‘08-‘09 Championship on a Sunday, the team was rowdy, celebrating their first title since ‘03, spraying champagne all over each other. The old screw that he is, Phil stayed out of fracas.
“You settle down,” he demanded.
Determined to have their coach join the fun, the team lied, telling him they wanted to pray together one last time that season.
“We’re saying the Lord’s Prayer, right?” asked Jackson.
A “Yeah…” could be heard.
As Phil joined the group, Kobe wrapped his arm around him, keeping him in the circle of teammates. Bryant, then the team, doused their coach. Jackson panicked, tried to fight them off, then resigned himself, looked skyward, and let the champagne wash over his face.
Phil Jackson is the best basketball coach I’ve ever seen, and I hope he enjoys every moment of his retirement. He deserves it.
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