Offensive schemes: Phil
Defensive schemes: Riley
In game adjustments: Phil
Developing young talent: Pop
Managing egos: Phil
Adjusting to aging rosters: Pop/Phil
Calling plays out of a time out in crucial situations: Phil/Pop
Pops done most with lesser talent Duncan and aging Robinson, turned Parker and Gino into the players they are today, wouldn't be what they are if on different team.
Phil, I'm not going to bash him but what has he done without the top player in bball? Prime Jordan, prime Kobe, prime Shaq and there are plenty of other players to be included in that list that were all stars.
Quote of the playoffs "Penetration always leads to something good"
I think it's pretty ridiculous to give Pop so much credit for Parker and Ginobli. Sure he helped there development, but he didn't make scrubs into great players. They would probably be in a similar place on any team that played them
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Develop Talent Pop
Managing Egos PJ
Adjust to roster PJ
Play calling/ TO PJ Jackson was the master of teaching his teams to ride out rough patches without calling TO. How often did Bulls/Lakers teams coached by Jackson take advantage of this? Close game and opposing team misses a shot and fully expect PJ coached team to get the ball to half court and call TO.. Thus relaxing on D just enough to get out of position and then the Bulls/Lakers would create a mismatch and would score at a crucial time of the game..
IMO Riley was a very overrated coach.. People who didnt see the Showtime Lakers play think it was all offense that was the backbone of those teams.. Those teams were very tough physically and played very tough D.. It has always gotten overlooked... Those were not soft teams by any means.. The Lakers of '00, '01,02 were butter compared to 80's Showtime.
Where is Thibs?
Everytime I watch people get interviewed, and asked questions about Pop, the one thing that they always harp about is the fact that Pop treats everyone the same in practice. Meaning that he'll treat Tim, and Bonner the same, no ones exempt from criticism. It's not like Mike Brown just saying Lebron/Kobe could do whatever they want. How many times have we seen Pop, let Tony have it in the middle of games. In fact Pop saids he's always been harder on his stars, simply because he expects a lot out of them.