TOO META, BRO: Phil Jackson’s Bizarre Steph Curry Tweet
Regardless of what many in the media might have you believe, Phil Jackson doesn't have to prove his basketball knowledge to anyone. He has about 47 Championship rings; and in sports, rings are trump cards whether we like it or not.
Still, the current President of the New York Knicks didn't get the nickname "zen master" by always following the accepted logic of the general public. He's been known to go pretty rogue in terms of his philosophies on life and basketball, and he's certainly no stranger to the use of extreme condescension. But sometimes it seems like he may be a little more self-aware than he lets on.
One of those times was on Sunday morning. In what appears to be an attempt to join in on reacting to Steph Curry putting on one of greatest regular-season performances of all-time, Jackson tweeted this:
Now let me just put this out there right now: there's almost zero chance that the Phil Jackson actually thinks Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (aka Chris Jackson) ever played at the level that Steph is playing at right now. At the very most, Jackson has had moments while watching Curry play where a specific move or shot has reminded him of something that Abdul-Rauf did in the 90's when Jackson was in his prime as a coach.
So my theory is that Jackson got a little weary of hearing all of Twitter comparing Curry to his boy Michael Jordan, and decided to tweet a fleeting thought he once had on a minor resemblance between Curry and Abdul-Rauf as if he believes they are equals on some level. Which he can't possibly believe.
In other words, he was probably trolling.
Although there is precedent for players and coaches of NBA generations past using the "it's a different game now than it was back then" argument to downplay Curry's otherworldly skills.
Either way, Twitter collectively went in on Jackson with a vengeance.
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