Lakers vs. Celtics 2010: Virgin Territory for L.A.’s Zen Master Against Boston

Twelve finals appearances for the Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and zero Game Sevens. Is that even possible? Can that stat be accurate?

100 percent. Jackson has never coached a game seven in the NBA Finals. He’s won 10 of those 12 championships, but none required a closeout game when the series was tied at three apiece.

So, Phil is charting new territory. Will he respond along with his team? Can he seize the moment and remain poised?

The answer will be a commanding, yes. Jackson will approach this game like all other big games. He’ll use his unique style that has separated him from all other NBA legends.

Let’s look at the keys for Jackson to prepare and allow the Lakers to hoist another NBA trophy.



Jackson has the Lakers meditate before each game. “What is that?” the Celtics Big Baby Glen Davis asked. 

Sounds silly? Try powerful. Like everything with Jackson, there is a purpose. And, this isn’t something new to Jackson and his coaching style. He had Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls do the exact same thing. 

Basically, meditation involves quieting the mind, finding a state of relaxation among the chaos both internal and external. Jackson’s track record proves this must have merit. He wants his players calm, especially before the biggest game of their careers.



Jackson is a basketball junkie. He’s lived the game for over 40 years. He’s done it all, worked his way up from the nether regions of the sport to the pinnacle. He’s done it all his way, but when it comes down to it, he’s really a tactician.  

He prepares his Lakers as hard as any other coach. It’s amazing he’s only won Coach of the Year once. Only one. We sure root for the underdog and not reward excellence.

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