Phil Jackson Zings Heat: Says Talent Not Enough

The Zen Master has spoken. In an interview with ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson exclaimed he doesn't believe talent is always enough to get it done. 

As Jackson said, "They got great talent,” "There's no question about their talent they have. But, talent doesn't always win.”

Jackson of course was referring to the newly crowned Miami Heat Trio known as the Super Friends. A summertime construction that has two of the leagues top five players in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade not to mention a very talented Chris Bosh. 

Jackson continued, “The team that shows the best teamwork will win it. We think that [the Lakers] have established something. But, if [the Heat] can unite -- and build quickly -- they might be able to do it."

Coach Jackson should know of what he speaks, as he was a player during the time when the Lakers were loaded with the top scorers in the league in Chamberlain, West and Baylor. 

Of the late 60's, early 70's Lakers powerhouse Jackson said, "I always refer to when Wilt Chamberlain was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and that put [Elgin] Baylor, [Jerry] West and Chamberlain together -- three of the top scorers in NBA history -- and they never won a championship together the four years they were together."

Is such a thing possible? Is talent truly not enough to equal championships?

One has only to look back a few short years ago to 2004. The Lakers fielded a super team of their own comprised of perhaps the most star studded team in recent NBA history - a still dominant Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, as well as the aging but still potent tandem of Karl Malone and Gary Payton.

The Lakers manhandling of the Dallas Mavericks in the season opener prompted then Mavericks Coach Don Nelson to say "Awesome," "They [Lakers] have enough firepower to dominate the league."

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