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Phil Jackson Tuesday Practice Film Festival

June 2, 2009 |  9:59 pm

There were a few interesting bits from Phil Jackson today in El Segundo.  One clip, talking about their awareness of Orlando's explosiveness offensively and the role Dwight Howard plays as a catalyst for said explosiveness, was in the last post

Here, PJ discusses the on-court effects of having a team operating with a high degree of connectedness, as well as the differences (both practical and emotional) between the preparation period for this year's Finals, as compared to a year ago:

"Last year we spent a lot of time trying to deal with the defensive philosophy that the Celtics had.  We knew what they were going to try to do as far as taking us out of our primary thrust, which was Kobe.  The fact that they were going to try and limit his ability to score, and therefore our ability to play and to win.  That's always a concern," he said.  "We spent a lot of time trying to open the court up, and get the spacing we needed... This year, we're doing the other end of the court more.  We're doing more of the defensive things, because there's such a myriad of things that Orlando does.  Forty-something sets that they can run, options that they run, so there are a lot of things to cover with the team."

This one is pretty interesting, too. Jackson talks about his level of concern heading into the last two Finals, neither of which had a happy ending.  With the Detroit series, there were injury concerns with Derek Fisher and Karl Malone, as well as the momentum the Pistons built up as a "surprise season, kind of like we did last year."  With Boston, he worried as a team they didn't understand the challenge of beating the Celtics' historically good D. 

This year?  He feels pretty good. 

Finally, Jackson on the value of team play and the role of coaching, and how he responds to the advice of Joe Q. Public. As you can see, this was apparently shot during a massive and completely temporary power failure at the practice facility... one I only noticed when the video was actually processed.  Go figure. Still, the audio is interesting.

"Seven games," he said, "usually the best team wins. Not the best players."  Amen to that.  Coaching, he suggests, becomes particularly important between games, when adjustments are made.