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Phil Jackson: Shaq wrong about Dwight Howard

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10:15 AM ET 10.06 | Phil Jackson chimed in on the war of words between Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard. He didn't deliver any jabs, but a day after O'Neal suggested Philadelphia's Andrew Bynum and New Jersey's Brook Lopez are the best centers in the NBA, Jackson argued Howard has a more well-rounded game. "Brooks and Andrew are guys who have good touches," Jackson told an ESPN radio station in Chicago. "They're good scoring players and they have good offensive games. Shaq has a lot to what he says that way. "Dwight is a guy who has amazing athletic ability, but overall, game, rebounding, defending, blocking shots, running the court, this is the guy who runs with the wolves so to speak. He can get up and down that court as quick as any of the guards and forwards because of his athletic ability. Both Brook Lopez and Andrew Bynum are more plodders as players. They have trouble in their transition game in both directions. This is a big difference in the play of those guys."

Los Angeles Times

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October 6, 2012  10:23 AM ET

Adding More Fuel To The Fire, Bro?

October 6, 2012  10:28 AM ET

Good comment by Phil. He said it all, without slamming anyone!!!!

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October 6, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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lol....he said the same thing.

?? same thing as whom??? :-)

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October 6, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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you know who....shaq

"O???Neal, who ??? in a recent interview ??? ranked Brooks Lopez and Andrew Bynum over the new Lakers big man, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year at the center position".
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Is this the same thing that Phil Jackson said in this article????

October 6, 2012  11:14 AM ET
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"O???Neal, who ??? in a recent interview ??? ranked Brooks Lopez and Andrew Bynum over the new Lakers big man, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year at the center position"..Is this the same thing that Phil Jackson said in this article????

"O'Neal, who in a recent interview ranked Brooks Lopez and Andrew Bynum over the new Lakers big man, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year at the center position".
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Is this the same thing that Phil Jackson said in this article????

October 6, 2012  11:25 AM ET

Phil's right. Both Bynum and Lopez are more gifted offensively, but neither is capable of completely changing a game with his defense.

October 6, 2012  11:37 AM ET
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Phil's right. Both Bynum and Lopez are more gifted offensively, but neither is capable of completely changing a game with his defense.

A good example, (if you're an oldtimer like me) is Russell and Chamberlain, Wilt could score 100 point a game, but Bill was the much better defensive player!!!

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October 6, 2012  11:50 AM ET
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I think Dwight is as gifted as those guys but he was limited by double teams a lot more.He still carried a higher PPG and FG% than those guys so what else can you go by to determine who is better?People think Dwight only dunks but they haven't realy been paying attention. He dunks because he can. People can't stop him from getting to the basket.

MMA, good point!!! Did Shaq have an outside game???? Shaq dunked the ball alot, because he could, no one could stop him, without fouling him!!!!

October 6, 2012  11:53 AM ET
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"Dwight is a guy who has amazing athletic ability, but overall, game, rebounding, defending, blocking shots, running the court, this is the guy who runs with the wolves so to speak. He can get up and down that court as quick as any of the guards and forwards because of his athletic ability. Both Brook Lopez and Andrew Bynum are more plodders as players. They have trouble in their transition game in both directions. This is a big difference in the play of those guys."Thanks for saying what needed to be said Phil. I can't believe how many people even try to compare those guys to Dwight. On another note... is Phil making overtures to come back to LA?

I said this a few months back, IMO if Brown doesn't produce this year then, Phil will come out of retirement to coach the Lakers once again!!!

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October 6, 2012  12:02 PM ET
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On another note... is Phil making overtures to come back to LA?

From your mouth (or keyboard) to God's ears...


(or monitor).

October 6, 2012  12:03 PM ET
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do you think phil still rides the Buss at his age?

Fixed...

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